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Archery Experience in the Shinobi Samurai Dojo (A60)

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Stop At: Musashi Ninja Clan Shinobi-Samurai Honjin Dojo, 3-5-8 Shibakoen The Kikai Shinko Kaikan building #B413, Minato 105-0011 Tokyo Prefecture

Shihanmato archery experience
Learn the history of traditional archery with a 450 year history.
Because the practice of Japanese archery involves little in the way of hard physical activity, spirit is extremely important. When the spirit is weak the shooting becomes dull and lifeless.
In this archery, employing a short bow, the archer shoots from a sitting position. It is a separate style completely independent of and quite different from the other style of Japanese traditional archery, Kyudo.
This style became popular among samurai generals as this was more informal when they wanted to show their skills in parties.
The game involves shooting arrows spaced at separate intervals, and the name “shihanmato” comes from the distance to the target.
In our clan, our ancestors preferred short bows, as they were more practical when they trained themselves in mountains.
Though the bow is short, self-control and emotional stability are crucial when we aim to develop of our shinobi-samurai spirit.
It is of course important to improve hitting the target technically, but it is more important to cultivate Fudoshin (the unwavering state of mind) so that you can always shoot accurately anywhere, at anytime and under any circumstances.
 Along the way, there comes a point when practitioners learn that if you get too preoccupied in just hitting the target, you will most likely start to lose your calm. There is much to be learned from just the simple act of shooting.
The purpose of Japanese archery is the cultivation of the mind and body as a way to achieve self-perfection.

Duration: 1 hour
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