JAPANESE ARCHERY

JAPANESE ARCHERY TERMS

The bow in Japanese is normally called kyu however the special names listed below are also used, for bows and arrows.

Maru-ki
a plain self bow with a round section usually seven to nine feet long.
Shige-to-yomi
a bow similar in size to above but of composite wooden construction, with a cherry, mulberry or sumac core boxed in with bamboo and bound with rattan and then finally lacquered over.
Bankiu, Hankiu
two names for half sized bows.
Hoko-yumi
a composite re-curve bow of the Mongolian type with stiffened limbs and some structural metal in its construction.
Karimata
an arrow with a forked end sometimes six inches wide-the flying goose.
Watakusi
the flesh tearer.
Togari-ya
pointed headed arrows from lance shapes to heart and bodkin shapes often fretted and decorated.
Yanagi-ha
willow leaf shaped heads.

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