First of all, there are several varieties of the 'modern' kyudo glove, the
most notable differences are the number of fingers and the angle of the
groove at the base of the thumb relative to the axis of the thumb. There are
different gloves for long distance shooting, shooting from horseback, and
for target shooting, in which there are at least two varieties, the Japanese
kyudo federation glove and the original Heki glove. However, the glove with
wooden thumb protection dates back to at least 18th century, and is probably
much older. Unfortunately, I cannot give you a date.
For war shooting, you can just tape a piece of leather around your thumb, or
put some tape around your thumb. This is how the Heki Ryu Insai Ha war
shooting demostrations were done here in Finland, so I guess the original
war shooting glove is not too complicated either. Have a look at the link:
For a sample glove, try contacting Ogasawara Ryu for horseback shooting
(yabusame), or Koyama Kyugu for footsoldier shooting (koshiya). They should
be able to put you in contact to the Japanese glove makers. You can find
both by using Google. There is also Satsuma Heki Ryu that does footsoldier
archery, but they are not on the net and I don't have their address.
As you are probably aware, the hold (torikake) of the string is different
with the wooden thumb glove and the koshiya 'glove' because the war arrows
are heavier than the target arrows.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Christopher Wright" <kabuto@...>
Sent: Tuesday, September 10, 2002 22:28
Subject: [SCA-Archery] Kyudo
> Greetings to all on the list, and to those who practice Kyudo.
> Just letting people know I posted some pics of some kyudo
> equipment in the photos section.
> I also have a question - Does anyone know where a glove
> suitable for period Japanese archery, (Kyujutsu and Yabusame)
> might be found, or even a pattern to make one? I am not looking
> for the hardened modern kyudo glove, which I have, but a leather
> or silk version with a reenforced thumb as was used in period.
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