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1,400 women take part in New Year archery event

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About 1,400 women took part in an annual New Year archery event for new adults at Sanjusangendo, a Buddhist temple in Kyoto, on Sunday.

The archery tournament (kyudo in Japanese) involves the women shooting at a one-meter-wide target 60 meters away. The archers shoot in groups. Each archer is given two arrows and has two minutes in which to hit the targets. Those who hit the target with both arrows advance to the second round.

The traditional event dates back to the early 1600s.

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The traditional event dates back to the early 1600s.

I'll bet that back in the 1600's there weren't 1400 women participating! I wonder what time the event started, and how long it took to complete!

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These women are deadly with a bow and arrow.

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Cupids

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What - no gender warriors complaining that no trans or otherwise gender “fluid” people are participates?

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Serrano

Japanese bows and arrows aren’t known for their lethality. If you want something lethat, try something Mongolian or Korean.

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They were lethal enough to turn those Mongolians and Koreans back two times. Besides, Kyudo isn't about "lethality".

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OssanAmericaToday  02:38 am JST

They were lethal enough to turn those Mongolians and Koreans back two times. Besides, Kyudo isn't about "lethality".

Correct!

He clearly doesn't know what Yabusame and kyujutsu were used for!

Experts! Who needs them?

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Good for these girls. They have a hobby besides staring at themselves on their smart phones, fixing their hair every 5 minutes.

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@Peeping_Tom: well spoken ! Clearly none of these so called " experts " have never heard of the

Naginata and how well the women used them while the warriors were away during their campaigns !

Half the Middle School girls near us are in a club practising the use of the Naginata and I wouldn't mess with them either !!

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@OssanJapan

They were lethal enough to turn those Mongolians and Koreans back two times. Besides, Kyudo isn't about "lethality".

What saved Japan was Kamikaze(aka Typhoon), not Japanese bows and arrows.

You have to learn a lot about bows and arrows.

The best and the most evolved form of bow is composite bow, for which Mongolians and Koreans were famous for. This kind of bow is made by gluing together different kinds of wood and sinew together.

Japan never developed a competitive composite bow because Japanese were unable to overcome high humidity of Japanese climate and instead relied on longbows made only out of wood. This kind of longbow had half the penetrating power of a composite bow, and this is why Japanese art of warfare evolved around swords and spears until the arrival of muskets from Europe.

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That may have been originally true, with the Mongolian cavalry bow, but by the mid 15th century Japanese bow-makers improved their recurve bamboo molding techniques to outmatch the penetrative power and distance of the Mongol cavalry composite bows. The Recurve bows could carry heavier arrowheads, that also contributed to greater penetration, similar to the English longbow.

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Back on topic please.

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