Kyudo – the Way of the Bow – is the oldest of Japan’s traditional martial
arts and the one most closely associated with bushido, the Way of the Warrior.
After the Second World War Eugen Herrigel introduced the concept of kyudo to the
West in his classic Zen in the Art of Japanese Archery. But until now, no
Japanese kyudo master has published a book on his art in English.
In Kyudo: The Essence and Practice of Japanese Archery, Hideharu Onuma and
his American co-authors, Dan and Jackie DeProspero, explain in detail both the
spiritual and practical aspects of kyudo. Written with both novices and advanced
students in mind, the book is presented in simple, straightforward language and
features hundreds of detailed illustrations, supplemented by rare photographs of
Master Onuma, clearly demonstrating the fundamental techniques and daily
practice of this form of “standing Zen”.
Including chapters on equipment and kyudojo construction, Kyudo: The Essence
and Practice of Japanese Archery is the most comprehensive reference work on the
subject available. Special sections on problem solving and shitsu (errors) also
make it a unique teaching and learning resource, and the concluding shiteimondo
(teacher-student dialogue) provides unparalleled insights into the thoughts and
teachings of a true master of the martial arts.
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