Arrow,.. Straight As.

ARROW,.. STRAIGHT AS. The Tradition of the Bow+Arrow Way is a Global phenomenon. Our World Legends… namely Japan’s Legends, the Basics, glossary, fire arrows and more targeted herein. GIFS help explain the flight characteristics. Arrow-tips, the bow, the bow-string… sheaths. The humble rounded plain shaft too. All of the Arrow examined… point by point… or no point at all.!. Shiro let’s the arrow fly… straight as… indeed. photocredit/thanks:frfr

 

gifcredit/thanks:kyudo

 

ARTICLE AND INTEL/INFO HEREIN.

THE WAY OF THE BOW +…

 ARROW.

 

STRAIGHT AS… INDEED. ON TARGET TOO… SWEET. LEGENDS. THE WAY OF THE BOW+ARROW. photocredit/thanks:bbs

 STRAIGHT AS…

 by SHIRO.

 

 

ARCHERY, oft referred to in JAPAN as KYUDO or KYUJUTSU, (click)

is the modern application and TRADITION of  THE WAY OF THE BOW + ARROW (click).

A Global phenomenon.

 

Though indeed, the BOW may release the ARROW and fly TRUE…

the ARROW…

DOES NOT STRAIGHT FLY.

 

TARGET… TARGETED… ARROW TRUE… AND THROUGH. gifcredit/thanks:taringa

 BOW CURVES…

 ARROW TOO… sort of.

Shiro,.. as a student of the NINPO WAY,

straightens out this LEGENDARY WEAPON,..

 

showing indeed, how BOW bends and curves

with ARROW straightness,..

provide a formidable offensive/defensive capability to your ARTS OF SELF-DEFENCE.

 

THE BOW CURVES… AND CURVES… LIKE MUSIC TO OUR EARS PERHAPS… SEEK WITH SHIRO… THE SOUNDs OF MUSIC IT SEEMS INDEED.

 

In JAPAN, the ARCHERS Weapon of choice is…

 

YUMI ( 弓 ) = the BOW.

+

YA ( 矢 ) = the ARROW.

 

A YUMIYA… BOW + ARROW,.. ALBEIT ALTOGETHER… AN ALTERNATIVE LEGEND THIS ONE BE.

 

…A BOW + ARROW SET,.. ALSO A HORSE’s… as + EMPEROR TOO. photocredit/thanks:clubcentoru

 MARTIAL… SPORTS.?.

Along with the SWORD and SPEAR,..

the BOW + ARROW has long been a part of JAPAN’s MARTIAL TRADITIONS.

Amongst certain groups at various times in HISTORY… considered even more worthy of veneration than the SWORD and various ARCHERS of note and ability, were oft highly praised.

 

KYUJUTSU,.. KYUDO… THE TRADITION OF THE WAY OF THE BOW… TARGETED AND CONTINUED. LEGEND. photocredit/thanks:kyudo

 

In JAPAN,.. as with many other MARTIAL WEAPONRY, it was the RULING class of SAMURAI that formalised the BOW ARTS OF WAR– usually termed KYUJUTSU; into the more SPORTIFIED approach of KYUDO. (click)

 

Mainly to preserve, both ARROWS…

and SAMURAI students in training presumably.

 

MANY ANCIENT CULTURAL ARTEFACTS DEPICT THE BOW + ARROW. LEGENDS.

 

Shiro… LOST IN EGYPT… GETS A HAND… WELL… WHAT IS IN THE HAND ANYWAY… OF PHARAOHS INDEED. THE LEGENDS OF YORE… AND HEALTH TOO.

 

ARCHERY SETS… GLOBAL. SWEET.

 

MANY CULTURES HAD THEIR WAY OF THE BOW… SUCH AS THIS LEGENDARY ONE.

 

MANKINDS MARTIAL MAYHEM… THERE BOW+ARROWS BE. MORE LEGENDS. STRAIGHT AS. A GIANT… ALSO.

 

MODERN ARCHERS… KYUDO STYLE. LEGENDS INDEED. Photo Credit/Thanks kyudo

 THE BOW AND ARROW…

 THE WAY.

THE WAY OF THE BOW in Japan,

as in many many, other countries and regions etc… goes back to our earliest times. A simple and long used Weapon per se, there still is some evidence remaining for example, that goes well back into the b.c. time periods (click).

Globally,.. inclusion in several LEGENDS and so forth.

 

Images and textual refs are common, as is inclusion in/on Statuary, the Traditional Japanese Wood Block UKIYO-E prints/carvings of differing nature and other cultural artefacts. (click)

Organised CEREMONIES and HUNTS were relatively common in Japanese country or Castle city areas. Such attracted NOBLES, SAMURAI, ARISTOCRATS and the SPORTY Type.

 

A MALE SAMURAI ARCHER… LOOKING LEGENDARY INDEED… AND RATHER… GREEN DOWN BELOW THE BOW… photocredit/thanks:pinterest

 

A LEGENDARY FEMALE SAMURAI ARCHER… GREEN SUITED TOO,.. AND HORSE… THAT IS… WHITE…ish. photocredit/thanks:pinterest

 

Woodcut Print of “Ronin (Masterless Samurai) Fending Off Arrows” – 1869 Artist- Yoshitoshi Taiso. A MALE SAMURAI… WITH A LONG POLE NAGINATA… ON THE DEFENSIVE… TARGETING ARROWS INDEED. LEGEND. photocredit/thanks:pinterest

 

Another MALE SAMURAI SWORDSMAN… BEING USED FOR ARCHERY TARGETING. DIFFERENT LEGEND… INDEED. photocredit/thanks:pinterest

 Bow DOWN… TO THE BOW.

 ARROW,.. ARCH HERALD OF AGES.

 

THE MARTIAL WAY TRADITIONS OF SUMO AND OF THE BOW+ARROW ARE LINKED LONG IN THE PAST. LEGENDS INDEED… AND IN FACT. STRAIGHT AS.

 

The BOW+ARROW has also, long been a part of JAPAN’s official and traditional Society. (click)

The SACRED CEREMONY ;

which commemorates the founding of the Nation and is held in a Sacred SHINTO Shrine precinct for example;

includes displays from THE WAY OF THE BOW.

 

The KAMAKURA/TOKYO ( YABUSAME ) annual Festival, NEW YEAR ( HARAI ) Celebrations and the announcement of ROYAL BIRTHS too ( HIKIME ),.. have long been accompanied by the BOW… (click)

and due to the nature of things… lots of Japanese… bowing too.

 

BOW… TO THE BOW INDEED. ANOTHER LEGEND. GAME ON. photocredit/thanks:pinterest

 

The birth of an addition to the ROYAL FAMILY btw…

is one where the SACRED BOW launches a somewhat specialised CEREMONIAL ARROW ( TANJO HIKINU ).

 

This contains… and launches,..

an intricately manufactured ARROW-HEAD ( YA JIRI ); a

 

PERFORATED type ARROW-HEAD,

which emits during flight a whirring whistling sound…

thus birth,..

 

LET THE HERALD ARCHER OF THE AGES BEGIN… WHIRRING,.. WHISTLING.!. bowing too. THE WAY OF THE BOW STYLE. ARROW STRAIGHT INDEED.

 

heralded by sound from THE BOW+ARROW.

Such is this Japanese WAY

 

and more peeps bowing too i guess in response.

 

Sounds… sweet.

On target too.

 

THE WAY OF THE SUMO… AND THE WAY OF THE BOW+ARROW… GO WAY BACK INDEED. LEGENDS.

 SUMO BOW… BOW SUMO.

Those who RESEARCH a lil deeper than most… will see and find that MANY MARTIAL WAYSINTERLINK… in some way.

Sometimes surprisingly so.

Such here, is with the SUMO… and their MARTIAL WAY.

 

Whilst on the surface,..

the so called Modern approach to broadcasting of such events manages to entertain,..

 

tis also manages to obscure MANY things…

 

esp. of LEGEND, TRADITION and so forth… for the

SUMO AND THE BOW+ARROW… are WAYs deep indeed.

 

THE WAY OF THE SUMO… MEETS THE WAY OF THE BOW+ARROW. LEGENDS. Photo Credit/Thanks: jp.pinterest

 

Akin to the SAMURAI and their SWORD veneration,

The SUMO WAY has inherited THE BOW+ARROW.

 

It continues to promote this ANCIENT LEGACY and TRADITION thru Ceremonial Displays within it’s own, rather than the normal ARCHERY outward BOW target work and play etc. The Refs and LEGENDS, for example;

tell of the necessity for the presence of a BOW-MASTER during the Closing Ceremony of a Champion’s Tournament (click)

 

Furthermore,.. a special SUMO AWARD; the YUMITORI SHIKI:

is also bestowed on and presented to…

an appropriate CHAMPION SUMO exponent from the Tournament proper.

 

The AWARD is a SACRED BOW.

 

SACRED BOW… THE WAY OF THE SUMO… LEGENDS INDEED.

 

In this presentation of

the SUMO CHAMP’s arrowed appreciation and acceptance, this

involves a Ceremonial whirl of MARTIAL WAY Form and Dance type movements,..

 

by SUMO…

BOW… in tow. LEGENDs. Indeed.

 

 IDREAMOFNINJA

 WEAPON INTEL #5.

Due to the nature of this WEAPONRY TYPE,.. a LARGE VARIETY

of BOW, STRING, ARROW, ARROW-HEADS AND TAILS/FEATHERS TOO.

 

Many components designed for particular uses and targets…

live or otherwise.

 

The INTEL INFO presented herein will present the BASICS per se in each of the COMPONENTS that collectively represent the THE BOW+ARROW,.. to provide an overview for the MARTIAL student.

Modern Experts in each of the applicable Trades can be quite easily found online if further knowledge is sought or required…

check with your SENSEI perhaps too for suggestions.

 

 BASIC LAYOUT:

 TERMS/COMPONENTS.

 

BASIC BOW… TERMS/COMPONENTS. photocredit/thanks:pinterest

 BOW + ARROW …=… YUMIYA.

 

 YUMI  弓  YA  矢 

 

 JAP.TERMS

 VISUAL AID/PICS:

 

YUMI ( 弓 ) = the BOW. Photo Credit/Thanks kyudo

 

YA ( 矢 ) = the ARROW. Photo Credit/Thanks kyudo

 

 BOW TYPES:

 

BASIC BOW… TERMS. photocredit/thanks:pinterest

 

 COMMON NAMES/TERMS

 

CROSS-BOW : DOKYU

FORTRESS/CASTLE BOW : O-YUMI

HORSE-BACK BOW : UMA YUMI

HUNTING BOW : SUZUME YUMI

RATTAN BOUND BOW : SHIGE no YUMI

ROUNDWOOD BOW : MARU-KI

SHORT, SMALL BOW : AZUSA, BANKYU, HANKYU

SHOULDER BRACED BOW : TEPPO YUMI

SMALL, REPLICA, PLAY BOW : YOKYU

TARTAR REPLICA BOW : HOKO YUMI

WAR BOW : DAIKYU

 

THE WAY OF THE BOW… STYLE… STRAIGHT AS. ARROW TRUE. Photo Credit/Thanks kyudo

 BOW MAKERS and bowing formally…

are both,.. JAPANESE TRADITIONS.

 

The JAPANESE NATION itself btw,..(click)

was oft referred to as ‘ the PEOPLE OF THE BOW ‘…

both types. (click)

 

The Ancient Japanese BOW + ARROW specialist MAKERS could rely on an awesome array of components for the aspiring ARCHER.

 

BOWS… and bows for all occasions indeed.

 

MASTER BOW MAKER. photocredit/thanks:bbsvoc

 

Each and every Component could be built to size and requirement,..

if so desired ( and afforded ) by the ARCHER.

BOW,.. STRING,.. ARROW too.

 

A large diverse range of readily available base materials ensured suitability.

Ceremonial,.. training, hunting and war.

All types easily catered to and for.

 

SO…SOME BLACKSMITHING REQUIRED…HEREIN… need 9 UNIQUE WEAPONS… CLICK PHOTO TO UNVEIL UNIQUE WEAPONRY INDEED. gifcredit/thanks:giphy

 

The ongoing demand for DEPENDABLE products of the trades and crafts of WEAPONRY manufacture ensured also,.. a high quality Trades people would find much needed work, worth their while.

This too, encouraged and allowed a TRADITION and WAY to evolve. (click)

 

BOW MASTER : YUMISHINAN

MASTER BOW MAKER + ARCHER : ONYUMISHI

 

BOWSTRING : TSURU, TSURAO

ELASTIC BOWSTRING : KUSUNE

PLUCKING the BOWSTRING : NUIGEN

 

 

 STRINGS THAT BIND

 THE BOW.

 

BOW STRINGS… ARE NECESSARY INDEED. photocredit/thanks:pinterest

 

Along with the various woods and metals incorporated into the BOW+ARROW,.. such as BONE, IVORY and SILK

could be substituted for ceremonial or aesthetic purposes/reasons by the MAKERS and BOW STRINGERS. (click)

A good look indeed.

 

BOW COMPONENTS: WOOD, METAL, BONE, IVORY

ARROW COMPONENTS : WOOD, METAL, SILK, FEATHERS

STRING COMPONENTS : HEMP, SINEW, SILK

 

ARROW MAKER : HIYA

MASTER ARROW MAKER : O-HIYA

MASTER BOW STRINGER : TSURA SASHI

 

photocredit/thanks:yoors

 

 THE ARROW

 

THE ARROW COMPONENTS… TAIL-FEATHERS TOO. photocredit/thanks:pinterest

 

Manufacturing Specialists furthermore,..

such as the master makers, would… and could, easily provide the ARCHER in-training with easy… and cheaper access to the required equipment.

ROUNDED TIP ENDS, PADDED TIPS, WOODEN TIPS and so forth were also in the range on offer.

No wasted shot here it seems.

Cheap shots abound,.. though indeed.

 

ARROW FEATHERS btw… are made from…

the FEATHERS of the larger Birds of Prey.

 

LEFT CURVE FEATHERS : HAYA

RIGHT CURVE FEATHERS : OTOYA

 

VARIETY PACK… MODERN ARROW STYLES/SHAFTS/TAILS/QUIVER.

 

SPECIALIST ARROW MAKER : YA HAKI

 

BLUNT ARROW : MATO YA

ROUNDED ARROW : KI HOKO

 

ARROW BAMBOO SHAFT : YADAKE

ARROW REED SHAFT : YAGARA

 

ARROW TIP/HEAD : YAJIRI

 

 

 ARROW TYPES.

 

ARROW VARIETY PACK… SOME OLD… SOME NEW. Photo Credit/Thanks kyudo BAMBOO… THE ANCIENT CHOICE… ALUMINIUM,.. A MODERN ADDITION.

 

ARROW TIPS/HEADS… YA JIRI… VARIETY PACK. photocredit/thanks:read01

 

SPECIALISED ARROW HEADS… LARGE VARIETY PACK INDEED. photocredit/thanks:anidream

 ARROW-HEAD… of many faces.

 YA JIRI… the MAJOR SHAPES :

 

BARBED : WATAKUSHI

CHISEL : TSUBEKI ne

DRAGON’s TONGUE : RINZETSU

KITE : TOBU

NARROW WILLOW LEAF : HOSO YANAGIBA

POINTED : TOGARI

2 POINTED, bifurcated : KARIMATA

SIGNAL, whistling : HIKIME, HINIKI, KABURA, MEITEKI

SMARTWEED LEAF : TADENARI

SPADE : RYOKAI

SWORD POINT : TSURUGI JIRI

TRIANGULAR : SANKAKU

WILLOW LEAF : YANAGIBA

 

 

THE SOUND OF THE ARROW : HYAGO

 

MORE VARIETY… MORE… ARROWS ON THE WAY. photocredit/thanks:pinterest

 

The ARROW HEADS… + TAIL/FEATHERS… all reflect diversity.

Indeed… and in fact too.

 

As with any of the major types of WEAPONRY Manufacture and associated Black-smith type Trades;

there was oft great technical care in the production processes of ALL COMPONENTS. The MAKERS used and adapted knowledge passed down from WAR,.. SWORD-SMITHING,.. CARPENTRY,.. WILD GAME LORE, LEATHERS,.. and so forth.

These TRADITIONS were indeed HANDS ON.

 

Soldiers…

of any and all natures, in the obvious need for SELF-DEFENCE,..

were outfitted… in those times… HAND MADE per se.

 

Made by TRADE + WEAPONRY Specialists,..

many are with subtle, oft innovative design differences.

Oft unique too… just like THE ARCHERS themselves.

LEGENDS.

 

BOW… and bow down.

 

ARCHERS… OF and FROM… ALL AGES. LEGENDS INDEED.

 TARGETING…

 ARCHERY’s TERMS

 for TARGETS

 

A MODERN COMPETITIVE SPORT VIEW… ARCHERY FOR ALL AGES.

 

ARCHERY RANGE/CONCOURSE : IBA, YABA, MATOBA, YADO

ARCHERY TARGET PRACTICE/TRAINING : KAKAUCHI

BOW+ARROW SET : KYUSEN

BAMBOO HAT TARGET : KASAGAKE

DEER TARGET : KUSAJISHI

LARGE TARGET : O-MATO

ROUND TARGET : MARUMONO

STRAW BUNDLE TARGET : MAKIWARA

TRI TARGET SHOOTING DRILL : YABUSAME

 

 THE HUNT IS ON…

BIG GAME HUNT : MAKIGARI

BIRD HUNT : OITORIGARI

DOG HUNT : INUOI

 

Photo Credit/Thanks kyudo THE WAY OF THE BOW IS SIMPLE AND SIMPLY SATISFYING FOR THE PRACTICED… AND PRACTICED BY MANY… THUS IDEAL FOR GREAT CONTESTS AND WARRIORS OF OUR WORLD LEGENDS TO EMERGE TRIUMPHANTLY TARGETING THIS TRADITION.

 

Photo Credit/Thanks kyudo OLDEN TEXTS OFT SHOW MUCH TO CATCH AN ARCHER’s EYE… and writing apparatus.

 QUIVER

 ALL OVER THE WORD.

 

THE QUIVER… HOLDS THE WAY TOGETHER… sort of indeed.

 

QUIVER COMPONENTS : WOOD, LEATHER, FURS

 

 

ANCIENT STYLE QUIVER : KACHIYUKI

ARROW CASE : YABAKO

BOW STAND : CHADO KAKE

BOX QUIVER CONTAINER : YATSUBO, YAZATSU

CYLINDRICAL ARROW STAND : YADATE

DECORATED  QUIVER CASE : HEIKOROKU

FLAT QUIVER CASE : IKA (usually willow wood).

HUNTING QUIVER : KARI YEBIRA

LEATHER QUIVER BASKET : TSURU MAKI

QUIVER (basic) : YEBIRA

WOOD TYPE : OURUMA (similar yew).

 

photocredit/thanks:pinterest

 

 A-Z of… YUMIYA’s

 ARCHER’s ASSORTED

 MISCELLANY.

 

THE GOD OF WAR,.. HACHIMAN (nick-name) : ASYUMI

THE LEFT HAND (the BOW hand…) (nick-name) : YUMI-no TE

ANCIENT NOBILITY : KUGE

ARCHER : ITE

ARCHER ADEPT : SHAGEI

ARCHER EXPERT ( ‘ Holder of the BOW ‘ ) : YUMI TORI

ARCHERY : KYUDO

ARROW TAIL FEATHERS : OTSUBA

BOW MASTER : YUMISHINAN

CLOSE RANGE SHOT : KOKASAGAKE

LONG RANGE SHOT : TOKASAGAKE

SAMURAI MILITARY ARISTOCRAT : BUKE

TRADITIONAL JAP.WRESTLING WAY : SUMO

 

THE WAY OF THE BOW+ARROW : KYUJUTSU

 

Photo Credit/Thanks kyudo

  SYSTEM OF THE WAY.

Until eclipsed by the GUNNERY,..

the ARCHERS were ELITE SOLDIERS.

 

ARCHERS OF AGES GONE BY… BOWMAN’s VIEW… photocredit/thanks:pinterest

 

Collectively many battles were decided + won with the oft repeated draw of the BOW.

LEGENDS are peppered throughout. (click) (click)

 

ARCHERS ARE TARGETED ALL OVER THE WORLD… LEGENDS INDEED. STRAIGHT AS.

 

From the very well aimed,..

thru to the casual upwards flick of the particular fingers concerned…

opposite of hand peace sign perhaps here (click).

 

PREP TIME… Photo Credit/Thanks kyudo

 

The disciplined Japanese approach to such a MARTIAL ART, ensures such as the KYUDO Tradition continues to highlight all the various and particular actions required to perform and target appropriately.

Akin to other MARTIAL WAY’s use of KATA, (click)

each movement, of BOW and ARCHER reflects a functional systematic way, of achieving the precise and smooth coordination to fulfill…

 THE WAY OF THE BOW.

 

Photo Credit/Thanks kyudo

 

∗ THE STANCE : ASHIBUMI

∗ PREP AND BREATHING : DOZUKURI

∗ NOTCHING THE ARROW : YUGAME

∗ RAISE BOW AND DRAW : UCHIOKOSHI

∗ SETTLE AND DRAW : HIKIWAKE

∗ FINISH FULL DRAW AND TARGETING : KAI

∗ ARROW RELEASE : HANARE

∗ FINAL POSTURE : ZANSHIN

 

photocredit/thanks:archives/gettyimages

 

photocredit/thanks:archives/gettyimages

 NINJA YUMI DATA…

 

SHINOBI SELECTION PACK… FIRE ARROW INCLUDED INDEED …HI YA. LEGEND. photocredit/thanks:pinterest

 

FIRE ARROW : HIYA, BOHIYA

B GRADE MARTIAL MOVIE SHOUT : HIIII YAAH.!. biff,bam…baddies fall etc.

 

Long prior to the Modern use of technology to increase one’s fire-power,..

SAMURAI and NINJA too, used the POWER of FIRE to increasingly…(click)

set their world on fire.!.

 

photocredit/thanks:saigainternational

 

FIRE ARROW…HI YA… BOHIYA. FIRE POWER… TARGETED. photocredit/thanks:pinterest

 

A WORLD… ON FIRE. HI YA TARGETED INDEED.

 ARROWS ALIGHT

 GETTING THE BOW

 ALL FIRED UP.

 

ANCIENT GREECE HAD A FIERY WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION… JOIN Shiro IN THE SEARCH FOR RECIPE… AND ANTIDOTE INDEED.

 AN ARROW DOES NOT FLY…

 STRAIGHT AS AN ARROW.?.

SHIRO SAYS… THE BEND AND CURVES…

THE ARROW GOES THRU…

 

STAY STRAIGHT AS…

ARROW TRUE.

 

POWER DELIVERED VIA

A LINEAR HARMONIC OSCILLATION.

PULL TIGHT… POWER UP.

 

BOW DOWN.

 

LET THE ARROW… SHOW YOU.

 

SLO-MO VISUAL OF LAUNCH OF A STRAIGHT ARROW SHOWING THE STRESSES AND MOTIONS OF IT’S FLIGHT. gifcredit/thanks:gifsoup

 

photocredit/thanks:archives/gettyimages

 

photocredit/thanks:xtitan77

 

photocredit/thanks:yoors

 THE WAY OF THE BOW.

…FROM SHIRO

 

THIS RESEARCH ARTICLE IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF

MRS.HELLA HOLWEG

who moved on to the next during this time and whose support

of this NINJA student will always be appreciated and noted.

rip.

 

A VIEW OF THE MOUNT… CLICK PHOTO TO SEE…

 

Till next…

 

Shiro says… take care and,..

 

TO TARGET THE ORIGIN LEGENDS OF ROCKnROLL… (click)…

or here (click)… TO ZERO IN ON SCIENCE’s NUCLEAR NASTIES

or indeed and instead,… be inspired to aim high and

 

scroll up for another view of the astonishing ARROW

STRAIGHT AS LEGENDS OF THE WAY.

 

PhotoCredit/Thanks:youtube

 

 

4 thoughts on “Arrow,.. Straight As.

    • Hi and thanks for visiting ninpolegends.
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