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Kyudo Bow (Yumi) with Kanjuro Shibata

In this course each student will construct a Kyudo bow with two top layers of Japanese bamboo,...
Learn the ultimate skill of bow making with Imperial Bow Maker Kanjuro Shibata XXI. »Kyudo, the way of the bow« is a Japanese archery skill. Practised since the 16th century, its special series of movements and shooting technique are second to none. As exquisite as these aspects is the bow itself, which is highly asymmetrical and must be tailored exactly to the shooter’s physiognomy in length and tension. This course is a rare opportunity to learn how to make a Kyudo bow under qualified guidance outside of Japan.
In this course each student will construct a Kyudo bow with two top layers of Japanese bamboo, two intermediate layers of Japanese hardwood, and ends (hitagi) of precious wood. Among other topics, the course covers:
  • Laying up the bow
  • Planing the layers by hand
  • Hardening the bamboo
  • Gluing and shaping using a binding technique
  • Sighting
  • Finishing
  • Attaching the leather grip (ton)
  • Application and adjustment of the string (tsuru)
The course will close with an introduction to shooting technique.
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    Kanjuro Shibata XXI

    Kanjuro Shibata XXI, adopted son and successor of Kanjuro Shibata XX, was officially awarded the title of Imperial Bow Maker in 1994. Since then he has continued the legacy of this bow maker family in its 21st generation. As well as making kyudo bows in his fathers workshop in Kyoto, he also teaches in the Heki-Ryu Bishu Chikurin-Ha school in Europe.Kanjuro Shibata XXI

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    KURSORT Niederalteich

    A haven for traditional crafts!

    A mere 10 minutes drive from our company headquarters in Metten, it is situated idyllically between the river Danube and the Natural Reserve Bavarian Forest and offers ideal conditions for undisturbed creative work.

    The former stable of the Monastery Niederalteich is optimally equipped with

    • Bench room,
    • Turning workshop,
    • Sharpening room,
    • Machine room,
    • Kitchen and Sanitary rooms.


    St. Ursulaweg 19
    94557 Niederalteich

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    • QualifikationGood woodworking skills and basic knowledge of bow making.
    • InfoMaterial included (€220).
    • Participants10
    • LanguageEnglish with German translation
    • InstructorKanjuro Shibata XXI
    • Duration8 days
    • Appointment05/23 - 05/30
    • Time9:00 - 6:00 PM
    • LocationSt.-Ursulaweg 19, 94557 Niederalteich
    Workshop no. KU1881801
    Brand Sonstige
    €1,095.00 pro Teilnehmer

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    The instructors of these courses are internationally acclaimed masters of their craft. Intensity and perfection are the hallmarks of these courses.
    "Additional course dates available on request - our lines are open Monday till Friday, from 8 am to 8 pm by telephone on + 49-(0)991-9109-909 or via email to"
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    Course No. Start End Location Price  
    Kursnnummer: KU1881801
    Start: 5/23/18
    end: 5/30/18
    Price: €1,095.00
    Kursnnummer: KU1881701
    Start: 5/15/17
    end: 5/22/17
    Price: €995.00

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