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Photo #52 – Kyudo Archery Targets on Standby

Backup Japanese Kyudo Archery Targets at Kyudo Examination in Kyoto

Episode 5 of the Savage Japan Podcast, the racism episode, was recorded at the nearby Kyoto International Community Center shortly after this photo was taken. Episode 5 with its difficult subject matter is proving to be a tough episode to crank out. The current target date for availability is Friday, September 10th. You can hear previous episodes of the Savage Japan Podcast at SavageJapan.com or SavageSnowPodcast.com.


These freshly prepared kyudo archery targets are waiting in the wings to be used in a kyudo archery examination being held in Kyoto, Japan. These kyudo targets are presumably to replace the targets already in use as their paper deteriorates from the successfully shot arrows of the day.

Photo Details: I just now noticed looking at this picture that the backside of the wooden frame of the 1st target in the photo is pretty heavily damaged. It makes sense that the frames would be made to be reversible, thereby doubling their lifespan. After enough arrows hit directly on the edge of a frame and repeatedly in the same spots making it problematic to reskin a frame smoothly, it seems the target frame’s other side is used. Whether or not they purposely wear out one side first or not, I’m sure at some point a target frame must reach a point where it is no longer ideal to be used further. I wonder if anyone has come up with a clever use for a worn out kyudo archery target frame.

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