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Yamato-ryu Kyudo Kyokun no maki. [Precepts for Archery of the Yamato School].

Published: Tokyo: Dainihon Kyodokai?, Showa 3, 1928

Stock code: 107836

Price: £375

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First facsimile edition of a work first published in 1652, and untraceable thus, no copy on OCLC. The text lays out the philosophical precepts underlying Mokikawa Kozan’s (1631-1701) style of Kyudo, created essentially as a fusion between the two most prominent schools of the time, Heki-ryu and Ogasawara-ryu. Morikawa was the first to define the martial art of “Kyudo” as a practice. Acknowledging the inexorable impact of firearms on warfare during the Edo Period, he outlined his belief that the bow remained a better agent for developing of the spirit, setting out a regime whereby archery was taught as a Buddhist exercise in seishin-tanren, or spirit-forging. Morikawa distinguished six themes in the teaching of his art, which emphasise the balance between the technical and ritual, the physical and spiritual: Kyu-ri, or bow logic, Kyu-rei, bow etiquette, Kyu-ho, bow technique, Kyu-ho, bow care, Kyu-ki, bow analysis from the mechanical point of view, and Shi-mei, other related virtues to develop spirit. A highly appealing edition of this founding text of the discipline, published at a time when the modernisation of kyudo was once more giving it relevance.

Tall octavo. Fukuro toji, bound-pocket binding, limp purple linen over light card wraps, punch-sewn with white silk thread, printed paper label on front cover. Light sunning at the edges of the wraps, a little shelf-wear, a very good copy.

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