Re: ...may i please have another?
> Also, another little interesting kyuudou fact for those who didn'talready
> know: in Japanese archery (kyuudou) the bow actually rotates inyour hand
> as you fire the arrow. It was explained to me that this helps thearrow
> to fly in a straight path, since the string is always behind thearrow.
> On a Welsh-style longbow the arrow apparently has to flex, bendingIIRC, the rotation of the bow was something that came about after the
> around the bow as it launches into the air.
> This little rotation in the yumi also helps to prevent a lot of the
> string-burn on your arm I noticed, too.
> -Ii Saburou, who would like to take up the yumi again...
bow had ceased to be a useful instrument of war. (Please correct me
if I am remembering this incorrectly, Hirazumi-tono!) I believe that
after the battle of Nagashino (sp?), the teppo [musket] pretty well
supplanted the bow, and archery became an art form rather than a
useful martial practice. Again, if I am remembering everything
correctly (someone, anyone, please correct me if I am wrong!), the
bow didn't turn in the hand in period, largely because that increased
the time between shots of the bow.