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.

Death of Jackson Morisawa sensei.

Dr. Kushner announced on facebook that Jackson Morisawa sensei has passed away.  I am very sad to hear that as I, along with many other people, read the book 'The Secret of the Target' and enjoyed it.  The kyudo community is certainly receiving bad news in a bunch this Autumn.

"I am saddened to announce the death of Jackson Morisawa. Morisawa Sensei was the founder of the Chozen-ji School of Kyudo and the author of The Secret of Target. He was 92."

Aomori Horseback Riding Club tries Yabusame

Cute.  Apparently a western riding club in Aomori has decided to try Yabusame:



Shibata Kanjuro XX passed away yesterday at the age of 92.

 Sad news from Boulder, CO.
Shibata sensei will be sorely missed by all the Zenko dojos and other archers who were fortunate enough to have met him (I was one of the lucky ones).  The article isn't dated so I assume the day of passing was Oct. 21, 2013.


Update:  I now see the date of the article so the day of death is October 21st, 2013.

I believe cremation was on the 25th.

Update 2: Yes, cremation was on the 25th.  Here is a moving video of the ceremony with the music being a song that Shibata Sensei himself sang:



Seminar Report of The Second Asia-Oceania Seminar


Awesome kyudo dojo frame design in Tokyo!

This magazine article was brought to my attention on facebook:



Marcus Bosset teaching kyudo in Long Beach, California.

Mr. Marcus Bosset is teaching kyudo as one of several programs offered through the University of Archery in Long Beach, California.


He is also active on facebook.  Look for the group:

"Kyudo Group forming in Long Beach".

Beautiful web page for the 2014 Kyudo World Cup!


Nice photos from the 1° Workshop de Kyudo de Vitória!


Urgent message for Overseas Shogo Seminar Participants who want to test!

The deadline of the Special Overseas Shogo Seminar in Tokyo is October 11th,  HOWEVER, those of you wanting to take a test at the "Tokyo Teiki Chuo Shinsa" have an urgent deadline approaching.  The Tokyo Teiki Chuo Shinsa deadline is SEPTEMBER 9TH.  You have just 5 days left for the dead line of that test!!!!

Good Luck!

Pictures from the 2012 International Shogo seminar in Japan.


Nice stop action pictures of a yabusame demonstration!

There are some really good horse in motion, arrow in flight, pictures of a yabusame demonstration here.  Really exciting pictures.  And pictures of women riders too.


Fall Godogeiko for Northern and Southern California renmei members will be Oct. 5 thru 6 in Alameda, CA.

Fall Godogeiko 

The Fall Godo Geiko will be held Oct 5-6 in Alameda, CA. Please let your students know about this upcoming event. An online registration link will be sent out in about a week, to give those planning the event to explore lunch options.

We will have space for 10 targets in the Alameda gym. Alameda is in the East Bay Area. We will have 2 days of practice and a tournament. The event is open to any NCKF or SoCalKR members.

We look forward to participation my as many students as possible!

Please share this message with your students. The registration link will be coming soon.

Maria Peterson
NCKF President

ANV : 1º Workshop de Kyudo (Arco Japonês) de Vitória - Kyudo workshop in Brazil!

Announcement here:


Brazil kyudo web site here:


Good luck Brazil kyudo kai!!!!

Good luck to the Kyudo Québec fall intensive with Don Symanski!

Kyudo Québec / Suiko Kyudojo
PROGRAM Intensive:
Aug. 28–Sept. 1
Beginners' Introduction:
Aug. 31

The Program starts on August 28 at 1:00 pm and ends on
September 1st at 1:00pm.
The Beginners' IntroductionProgram starts at 8:30 am and ends at 4:30 pm onAugust 31.

Invitation to the Rio de la Plata kyudo seminar in Buenos Aires!

Rio de la Plata seminar of Kyudô
It is with great pleasure that we inform you of the realization of the Rio de la Plata seminar of Kyudô!

The event is being organized by the Asociación Argentina de Kyudô and will occur on days 12, 13 and 14 next October, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

According to the preliminary program, the first day will be dedicated to training of taihai, and the second day – if time permits-will be in an open field for the practice of shaho hassetsu, with the possibility of shooting at 28 m. The third day will be restricted to participants over 3rd dan (inclusive), with training for the ceremonial shots mochimato and hitotsumato etc.

We ask in the name of Okabe-san (5 dan), President of the AAK, that those interested in participating please contact us by August 29.

Soon we will post more news on the event. (Translated by Bing)

Reflections on the American Kyudo Renmei 2013 seminar by Sarah Macapagal

Written by Sarah Macapagal who was awarded the Andrew West award at the 2013 AKR/IKYF seminar in South Carolina!


Picture albums from the 2013 IKYF seminar in Europe

Very nice picture albums of the 2013 EKF seminar.
h/t to Mr. Alain Scherer:


Second World Kyudo Taikai - Paris, July 19-20th, 2014!

If anyone has a link for the World Kyudo Taikai in Paris in English I'll be happy to post it!

Kyudo Practice Weekend in Karme Choling Shambhala Meditation Center in Barnet, Vermont

h/t to Grace DiNaopli from facebook
Enjoy the colors of the fall season in the beautiful hills of the Northeast Kingdom!

Karme Choling Shambhala Meditation Center in Barnet, Vermont is offering a Kyudo Practice Weekend hosted by students of Shibata Sensei XX.
September 13 - 15, 2013

Come for the day or stay for the weekend.
For information and registration visit the Programs page at www.karmecholing.org
— at Karmê Chöling: Shambhala Meditation Center.
The above info is from the facebook announcement.  I will try to link directly to the relevant page: here 

2013 American Seminar Taikai results and pictures

The US kyudo home page has the taikai results from the seminar along with nice pictures of the seminar from Maria Peterson sensei:


Forward AND backward knee walking!

I've been looking for a good example of forward AND backward knee walking for some time and I've finally found it.  Don't worry, backward knee walking is NOT one of the IKYF eight basic movements (fortunately!).


Pass/Fail ratios for the 2013 Kyudo Seminar of the Americas

Courtesy of Mr. Peter Kollotzek on Facebook:

 Successful aspirants at American Kyudo Seminar: 

1st: 23/32 - 71 %; 
2nd: 22/23 - 95 %; 
3rd: 3/17 - 17 %; 
4th: 2/10 - 20 %; 
5th: 1/11 - 9 %

godan is Kristy Shiffman from the Indiana Kyudo Renmei
Yondans are:   Yoshi Furuta & Eriko

Pass/Fail ratios from 2013 Montpellier B Examination

Courtesy of Jörg Ruther from facebook. 
The Montpellier Results for the B-Examination:
sandan : 5/31
yondan : 5/25
godan : 1/17

Looks tough!

Take your umbrellas to South Carolina!

Those of you going to the Seminar of the Americas this Saturday should bring an umbrella.
Looks like lots of rain in Spartenburg:


National Sports Kyudo Competition in Japan

Will be here in 68 days, good luck to all the competitors!


Flickr Hive Mind (And instragram)

Apparently there is a service called "Flickr Hive Mind" which searches Flickr picture tags.  So a search on "yumi" and "kyudo" retrieves some nice pictures:


Looks like there is an instagram search engine as well:


Japanese Martial Arts and the Korean War.

Dr. Benjamin Hazard, a historian and highly experienced martial artist in Kendo, Iaido, Kyudo and Naginata, wrote about, and told me on several occasions that GHQ approved the teaching of martial arts in Japan as a political move to help win the hearts and minds of Japanese citizens after the Korean War.  The modern ZNKR was formed around 1958 I believe.

At dawn on Sunday 25 June 1950 all hell broke out on the Korean peninsula.  [As the Wikipedia entry for the Korean War states:

“One facet of the changing attitude toward Korea and whether to get involved was Japan. Especially after the fall of China to the Communists, "...Japan itself increasingly appeared as the major East Asian prize to be protected". U.S. East Asian experts saw Japan as the critical counterweight to the Soviet Union and China in the region. While there was no United States policy that dealt with South Korea directly as a national interest, its proximity to Japan pushed South Korea to the fore. "The recognition that the security of Japan required a non-hostile Korea led directly to President Truman's decision to intervene... The essential point... is that the American response to the North Korean attack stemmed from considerations of US policy toward Japan." The United States was working to shore up Japan which was its protectorate.”

The US needed the port of Yokohama (and still does today).  So, as one of several moves to bolster relations with the Japanese people the martial arts instruction ban was lifted.

What most Americans don’t know is that the effort went both ways.  As Japan was strategic to the US, the US government needed the American soldiers to be polite to the Japanese.  So how to accomplish this?  Make a training film!  The US Army had a big film division and in 1957 made this adorable training/tourist travel film for American soldiers.  Although the film was rather accurate as a tourist travel film and undoubtedly was intended as a soldier training film, I believe a recruiting pitch was tacked onto the end for the TV broadcast.

The best thing about this film is that it was actually filmed around 1957 in Japan.  You don’t have to watch the whole thing, but I did and here are some of the highlights:

0:00 – The opening has a most unfortunate image of a nuclear artillery shell being tested (it worked).  But remember, as the announcer is saying in a booming voice, the US military is ready to defend America with the latest weapons anywhere in the world.  I’m guessing this was a standard opening that was stuck on the front of many films.

0:25  - “Today, the latest weapons…”  Wow, most of those soldiers have fixed bayonets!

1:59 – Look at the women and the baby.  I think some officers must have been transferring to Japan with their wives.  And by the way, for a ship under sail in the Pacific Ocean I must say that ship is remarkably stable.  The US Navy really knows how to keep ships steady when underway. ;)

2:48 – The film doesn’t say Americans have stereotypical images, instead this delicate subject is told through the eyes of Worrying Willy and Paradise Pete.  If you only watch one piece of this film, this is the piece to watch.  Be careful, you do NOT want to be drinking anything when Paradise Pete comes on!

5:16 - A wonderful American made convertible is the real star of this film.  Note that strangely, for a  GI training film, it would have been nice to tell the soldiers which side of the road to drive on in Japan!

6:30 – “Those signs may be just a lot of chicken tracks to you but to the Japanese they mean a lot.”  Please tell me the narrator didn’t just say that.

6:48 – Notice the Japanese citizen saluting the American soldiers in the car.  That right there tells you this is filmed toward the end of the occupation and not the beginning.

6:53 – Hopalong Kawamoto.  In another unfortunate image, a Japanese boy in a western cowboy hat draws a gun and points it at the camera/soldiers.  I have no doubt this was a COMPLETELY staged scene by the film makers.  And I think the soldier looking for something familiar out of the car is Worrying Willie.  You know, the guy walking down the street earlier with his hand on his .45 holster.  The Japanese boy looks damn serious because he is turning into the sun (notice the shadow from his hat).  And he tracks that camera with the gun just like he was told to.  The reaction shot shows the soldier looking back with a half smile.  Yeah, right.

7:07 – This scene about Japanese farmers is one of several, highly accurate, descriptions of 1957 Japan.  Remember, the Japanese are hard workers, they have advanced industry, so we should respect them.  For 1957 that is actually an enlightened thought.

8:30 – I love this scene where the GIs give a helping hand to the stranded Japanese trucker.  Everyone is just so damn friendly in Japan.

9:32 – This is the first close up shot showing a typical, western hair style on a Japanese woman.  These shots occur several times in the film and the hairstyles are very pretty.

10:56 – A sailor tries sushi for the first time.  It does not end well.

11:45 – My favorite hairstyle of the whole film!

14:51 – This visit to an Osaka factory is where the narrator states the bottom line here.  It is in the US strategic interest that all those hard working Japanese produce diesel engines and other material for the US instead of someone else.  This is why I like this film.  It is not trying to be sneaky or hidden.  It is making a very clear explanation as to why US soldiers are still in Japan.  Something US servicemen must be wondering about as they get shipped out.

15:38 – This is where the film explicitly says, more protection for Japan means more protection for the US.  This was a tricky piece for the film makers.  Even though the Korean War was the most recent war it is called “The Forgotten War” in America.  Soldiers going off to Japan probably had WWII on their mind instead of the Korean war.

16:15 – Hiroshima.  The film speaks openly of the atomic explosion and shows a Japanese peace memorial.  The Japanese are not going the way of the past says the film.

18:18 – Yabusame is an ancient Japanese “sport” that has been “revived”!  Woo hoo!  The wording here is very important.  Yabusame is a “sport” just like kendo and kyudo were referred to as “sports” when they were arguing for the ban on martial arts to be lifted.  Kendo in particular had to jump through hoops:  no that guy isn’t trying to cut his opponents head like a melon, no no no, he is trying to score a point in a tournament!

18:49 – And floats full of pretty girls!  I wanna go to Japan!

20:18 – Japanese office workers work hard.  And by implication, that is a good thing for the US.

21:45 – Everyone goes shopping for souvenirs in Ginza.  You have to wonder if the Ginza Store Association had a hand in this film.

22:25 – You just HAVE to smile at this portrayal of the Ginza night scene.  Interestingly, I think the kabuki act chosen is Shibaraku, a specialty of the Danjuro family.  That could well mean a famous member of the Danjuro family is performing in that segment.  I’m assuming the chorus line was picked out by the American film crew.

23:16 – This is a really interesting scene.  Totally staged.  It shows the GI’s asking a Japanese policeman for directions.  The visuals are just hilarious, but listen to the narration: “not only helps relations between Japanese and Americans”.  I strongly suspect this film was actually used as a training film for troops and they were being told NOT TO SHOUT!

25:00 – Hilarious.  Remember servicemen, you’re here to train, train, train.  Not chase pretty Japanese girls.  No matter how much you want to.  You have to wonder what wives thought when this was broadcast on American TV with their husbands stationed in Japan.  Really honey, I’m training, training, training.  I wonder if Paradise Pete is married?

25:12 – Note the black soldier in the unit.  Racial quotas were still in use in 1957 but the Korean War clearly showed that integrated units were superior to segregated units in battle.  Slowly but surely, segregation in the US armed services was on the way out.

Enjoy the film!

Now imagine the following is read in the same announcer’s voice as the above film:







Sample test questions from the kyudo magazine

Oops!  It appears that I did not move one of the most popular articles from the old web page to this blog.  I know this because Yoshiko is hitting me on the head right now.

Therefore, I have just moved the sample test questions from the old web page to this blog.  You can see the "page" list down the right side of this blog or just click here:

sample test questions from the kyudo magazine

Now, one question I am often asked is why I have not gathered all the Shodan questions into one group and all the Nidan questions into another group and so on.  The reason for that is because these questions are taken from specific issues of the ANKF Kyudo magazine.  And in the magazine not only the question but also an outstanding answer is given to the question!  I know not everyone has access to the Kyudo magazine and the magazine is in Japanese but, if someone were motivated enough, they could get a back issue and translate the question and answer.

Sorry to take so long to do this!  Good luck on your tests!

Minnesota Kyudo Renmei to demonstrate at the Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival, Sunday, August 18, 2013 from 3:30pm-9:00pm.

The JLLF will be at Como Park Zoon & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook, St Paul, MN and the Minnesota Kyudo Renmei will be there demo'ing this year (2013).  The event is on
Sunday, August 18, 2013 from 3:30pm-10:00pm.

The event website is here:


Those of you on facebook can go to the Minnesota Kyudo Renmei event page:


Another kyudo dojo going up in France!

Look at those roof beams!  Those of you on facebook can go here for more photos:


Radio International Taiwan doing a segment on Kyudo!

On-air segment about Kyudo in Taiwan on Radio International Taiwan tomorrow.


就在明天7月2日,請準時收聽 中央廣播電台 閩語節目!!


Nice overview of Yabusame

This older film has many interesting details of Yabusame.  One correction, not all yabusame archers are Shinto priests!


2013 AKR Kyudo Taikai

Please see the invitation to the 2013 AKR Kyudo Taikai.

Date: Tuesday, July 30
Location: USC Upstate University, Spartanburg, SC
Time: 6:30-9:00pm
Attire: Dōgi

Prizes will be awarded to the highest scoring individuals in A and B groups.

We hope you will join us!

Advance registration online is required to participate in the Taikai.

Fundraiser for Shibata Kanjuro Sensei at Zenko:

From Mr. Jaap Koppendrayer via Facebook:
For those of you who have been students of Sensei Shibata or remember him from the International Horse Archery Festivals at Ft Dodge or who is a kyudo practitioner or does another form of traditional archery or values traditional teachers, there is a fund-raising effort afoot to help provide care for Sensei as he moves further into his 9th decade. More information can be found at the following link:

 On June 7th, 2013 Sensei offered a closing ceremony for the Children's Dharma Camp in Lafayette, Colorado

Film of a Zenko International kyudo workshop

Speaking of nice filming, this film of a Zenko International kyudo workshop is very well done.  Although the chief instructor is Shibata Kanjuro XX extensive film time is given to his student, and bowmaker, Don Symanski sensei.  Especially nice are the segments of Symanski sensei actually making bamboo bows.

French TV report on a Kyudo dojo

French TV did a very nice segment on kyudo featuring Erick Moisy sensei and his dojo.  Sadly I speak no French but you can see the broadcaster did a well photographed feature on the dojo.


New Kyudo book in Russian!

In a recent facebook posting Ms. Elena Akimova (who has one of the cutest facebook profile pictures ever) has teamed with Oleg Akimov to publish what could be the first kyudo book in Russian.  Apparently the book is formatted for reading and for quick reference.  No doubt that will be handy for Russians taking their first kyudo written test!
I never knew the word KYUDO looked so cool in