Re: [SCA-JML] Japanese event poll
- Or what about a fan on a pole, a la Ichi-no-tani?
--- schneider <schneider@...> wrote:
> > - Archery. I am not sure how to "Japanify" this__________________________________________________
> other than to encourage
> > people to bring yumi, we'll see. I want space
> provided at least. One
> > mentioned a roving range shoot with Japanese theme
> I have an idea.....
> I remember reading a lesson in concenrtation
> concerning kyudo where the
> locals put a picture of a fish on a pole. The object
> of the event was to see
> who could come the closest (If not actualy hitting)
> the fish's eye.
> The lesson went on to tell that only one man hit the
> eye. Everyone else was
> asked what they saw when they looked at the pic and
> they all replied "A
> fish.", except for the one guy who replied "An eye."
> What do ya think?
> Takezo Yoshida of Sarum Henge
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- at Sanjusangendo (the main hall of the temple Rengeoin in Kyoto) in which warriors would compete in archery to see who had the greatest physical and mental strength.They would try to shoot arrows through the length of the long, narrow hall--2.2 meters (2.4 yards) wide, 5 meters (5.5 yards) high, and 120 meters (131 yards) long--without hitting the walls, floor, or ceiling. What's more, each contestant would have to spend an entire day and night shooting arrows in sitting position.
Warriors who were confident of their archery skills would enter the contest and compete to see who could make the most good shots. The best archer in toshiya was Wasa Daihachiro of the Kishu clan, who took 13,053 shots in a single contest, out of which 8,133 were successful.
At Kyoto's Sanjusangendo, where the toshiya contests were once held, a national tournament takes place every year on Coming-of-Age Day (January 15) in which each archer aims several arrows at a target 60 meters (66 yards) away. Over 1,000 people participate in the contest each year.