The best archer in toshiya was Wasa Daihachiro of the Kishu clan, who took 13, shots in a single contest, out of which 8, were successful. In the Meiji era kyudo was brought into the school curriculum, and today many universities, high schools, and middle schools offer archery instruction either in class or as an extracurricular activity.
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Since archers can adjust the tension of the bow according to their own strength, kyudo is popular as a sport that men and women of all ages can enjoy. 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.
Kyudo the Japanese Art of Archery by William R.B. Acker
Over 1, people participate in the contest each year. Photos from top : Many women participate in this ancient sport; one famous contest is held at Ise Shrine.
All Nippon Kyudo Federation. About Japanese Archery.
Not a bad introduction. It's more of a practical guide though than an account of the history and culture of Kyudo.
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