AJW 3/11 quake update:

Survivors search wreckage for mementos of lives, loved ones

The disaster swept everything away--thousands of people, their homes, cars and personal belongings.
But in the sea of mud and wreckage, survivors are desperately searching for reminders of their past lives and loves, hoping for anything to help them through the terrible heartache brought on by the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11.
Yuka Itami, 17, listlessly pokes the ground with a stick in Shichigahama, a town facing Bay of Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture. She is scouring the wasteland for the third-place medal she won at a national "kyudo" Japanese archery tournament.
The senior high school student kept the medal in a drawer of her desk. She would occasionally open the drawer to gaze at the medal, drawing on its strength to refresh her determination to practice hard.
Her daily search began three days after the disaster in the neighborhood where her home stood.
So far, she has found pieces of the desk but not the medal. She says she is worried it might be lost forever once the full cleanup gets under way.
"Workers may ditch the medal if they find it on the street," she says. "If someone finds it I hope they will keep it or report it to town officials."

From a story by AJW

The World's Best Kyudo Pictures?

Well I think there is a little hyperbole going on here but, I have to admit that this person has made a good attempt at getting the worlds best kyudo pictures!

Gaijin Impression of a Large Kyudo Competition In Japan

A kyudo student from Australia attended a large competition with his dojo friends and his deadpan delivery and comments on what a large competition in Japan is like make for an amusing narration of what he sees and hears at the competition.  His comments are indeed accurate and he has managed to produce a nice introduction to large kyudo competitions in Japan.

The Worst Use of Kyudo Equipment Ever!

A web page in Japan which specializes in capturing strange and unusual things in Japan has indeed captured the worst use of kyudo equipment in Japan!

Nisshin Kyudo Club's Obanburumae!

The Nisshin Kyudo High School team holds a summer retreat every year and this picture caught my eye.  This is an example of Obanburumae, which is a Japanese term from the Edo period and it means to present a feast to guests that exceeds all expectations.  I assume that this target arrangement is done so that everyone has a chance of hitting something and getting a prize.  A nice thing to do at the end of a kyudo retreat.

You can see the full Nisshin Kyudo block by.clicking here.

Dramatic Tsunami Escape And Rescue!

I have been avoiding posting images of the devastation in Japan because it was far too graphic in most cases but it is simply impossible for a kyudo blog to not acknowledge the great devastation in Japan right now.  So, I have decided to post a link to a Russian TV broadcast showing survivors just escaping the waves and working together to rescue other survivors.

And this is what the tsunami looked like in the ocean head toward Japan aroud 1:17 in this video:

My prayers are with all the families affected by the earthquake and tsunami and to the unsung heroes who rescued people both during and after the tsunami.  I have faith that Japan will recover faster than anyone believes and that people of good faith will join together to help accomplish the great rebuilding.

Statement from the AKR president, Yoshiko Buchanan, to the ANKF in Japan

To the All Nippon Kyudo Federation and the Japanese people.

On behalf of the American Kyudo Renmei I would like to express our most sincere condolences to all those affected by the recent and ongoing tragedy which has struck Japan. AKR members are watching the daily events as they unfold with great concern and support.

We have heard that kyudo facilities in Japan, such as the budokan, are being used as evacuation shelters. I believe kyudo teachings and training will help Japan go through and recover from this tragedy. We pray for the family members affected and also for the relief workers who are struggling under such difficult circumstances.

Yoshiko Buchanan and all AKR members

Kyudo Events Cancelled In Japan

We've received word that the ANKF has cancelled the following events and tests due to the influence from the earthquake.  Rolling blackouts in Japan may last until April 30th so anyone traveling to Japan for a promotion test should double check that the event is still going to be held!

1) The 29th All Japan High School Tournament (March 18 - 20 at Kagoshima city)

2) Special Chuo Shinsa (March 28 at Miyakonojo)

The most dedicated archers in Japan are still digging!

It is March 5th and the intrepid archers of the snowbound dojo have decided to open target 5 and by golly they are still digging.  Even when they cut a path to target 5 it snowed again and they had to dig more!  My back hurts just looking at these pictures.