Makiwara Mato Ya Yumi Yugake
Competitions begin with an elaborate ceremonial entrance, involving lots of bowing and kneeling. Once completed, competitors fire four arrows in two sets. The goal is to hit the target with each arrow. The archer with the most hits is the winner.
Kyudo Archery is the Japanese art of archery. It means "way of the bow". The Japanese art of archery, Kyudo, has been studied and practiced as hobby, combat tool and means of moral and spiritual development for centuries. Widely practiced and easy to learn, Kyudo is said to take a lifetime to perfect.
Archery, dating back to the Paleolithic era, was/is practiced by many cultures throughout the world. As civilization progressed, archery evolved from a method of hunting animals into a useful tool of warfare. In Japan, Kyudo was no different, having been an important part of military training for hundreds of years. But unlike western styles of archery, kyudo never suffered a decline in popularity. It was, and is, an important part of athletic life in Japan. Today, according to the All Nippon Kyudo Federation, which governs all competitive and non-competitive kyudo in Japan, there are more than half a million active participants.