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Photo #47 – Nintendo DS & Sony PSP Kyudo Preparation Rituals

Kyudo students pass the time with Nintendo DS and Sony PSP handheld game systems while waiting for their turn in a Kyoto kyudo archery examination.

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 kids were completely absorbed in their Nintendo DS and Sony PSP games as they waited for their turn in a kyudo archery examination being held at the Kyoto Budo Center.

This is purely anecdotal, but in my limited observations it seems that Nintendo rules the handheld gaming market in Japan as I think they do in the US. This is one of the few instances where I’ve actually seen a PSP outside of a store in Japan. The Nintendo DS in its various incarnations is everywhere though.

To see what some of the other kids were doing to pass the time and to see a colorful selection of their interesting bow and arrow cases, check out the previous photo.

Japan Photo Journal – Living in Japan
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