IKYF Paris 2014 Seminar and Taikai Schedule

I can see that, by this schedule for the Paris 2014 seminar and Tai Kai, the IKYF is trying to enhance the teaching at seminars by dividing them by language.  But, I can't help but notice that some language groups will have to wait around Paris for some time before the Tai Kai or the IKYF meeting.  That is great if you have the money and time to do it.  But previous seminar and Tai Kai schedules were more convenient in that the lower rank seminar was first, followed by the Tai Kai, followed by the upper rank seminar.  This allowed lower rank participants to just stay one extra day or upper rank participants to come one day early to attend the Tai Kai.  I suspect this schedule will discourage some groups from participating in the Tai Kai or the IKYF business meeting as they don't have the money or vacation time to spend extra days in Paris.

2014 Japanese New Year's Clip Art

About this time of year, many kyudo students are looking for Japanese New Year's clip art.  Next year is the year of the horse and the Brother company in Japan has some very cute horse clip art you can use:


And of course there is always Little House Graphics:


And an old standby:



The Third Asia Oceania Kyudo Seminar Overview

There is a little confusion about the Third Asia Oceania Kyudo Seminar.  From the IKYF perspective there is ONE event: The Third Asia Oceania Kyudo Seminar and under this ONE event are TWO seminars:  the US and European Region seminar followed by the Asia Oceania Region seminar.

I have reformatted the overview information to make that clearer:

The Third Asia Oceania Kyudo Seminar Overview

Sponsor: International Kyudo Federation
Co-sponsor: All Nippon Kyudo Federation
Supervisors: Aichi Prefecture Kyudo Federation

Ⅰ:Seminar (US, European Region):

Thursday, April 10, 2014 – Saturday, April 12, 2014

Special International Provisional Chuo Shinsa (Nagoya):
Sunday, April 13, 2014

Ⅱ:Seminar (Asia Oceania Region):

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – Thursday, April 17, 2014

 Special International Provisional Chuo Shinsa (Nagoya):
 Friday, April 18, 2014


1. Active practitioners in the Asia Oceania Region (excluding Japan).
2. Foreign Residents in Japan affiliated with a local federation of the All Nippon Kyudo Federation.
3. Members of countries affiliated with the International Kyudo Federation. For those who do not fall under 1 or 2 and are from a country not affiliated with the IKYF will require consultation.

Where to shoot in a makiwara

Many of us do Makiwara practice.  This video explains how to view the target as if you were shooting at 28m on your Makiwara.  It is introduced by Urakami Hiroko sensei in her book and Matsuo sensei (Budo University) has made an instruction video.  We certainly can see it at our Makiwara practice.

Note that in a proper makiwara shot the arrow will NOT hit the little target on the makiwara.

Kyudo in Sri Lanka!

Yes, there is kyudo in Sri Lanka:


Those of you on facebook should visit their facebook page:


Why are you in Japan? Yabusame edition.


Kyudo webpage of Lithuania!

I want to draw attention to a very well designed kyudo web page in

Lithuania.  The web page has a nice modern look:


The photo gallery is well done:


But what really caught my eye was the outstanding links page:


There are some handy links there.  For example, want to see an animated demonstration of shitsu recovery?
They link to it:


Definitely a webpage worth praising.