Japanese Archers – 1860

“Kyūdōka 弓道家 Japanese Archers c.1860”
Colourisation from a black and white photo
c.1860-1900, Japan, photographer unknown

Taken during the Meiji era, by this point the art of Japanese archery – Kyūdō (the way of the bow) – had evolved from a near redundant form of weapons practice from the Samurai class into its modern incarnation of part martial art, and part individual physical and moral development.


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