The West of Scotland Kyudo Society will be demonstrating the practice of Kyudo – the traditional art of the Japanese long bow at Peel Park between 12-5pm on Sataurday 31st.

Kyudo “way of the bow” is a traditional Japanese discipline that uses the performance of shooting a bow and arrow as a means of cultivating one’s own character. Kyudo differs from other forms of archery in that it places greater emphasis on the psychological and intuitive relationship of the archer towards shooting.

Accuracy on the target is viewed not as a goal in itself, but rather as evidence of the correct balance between technique and the psychological state of the archer.

The highest ideal of kyudo is the simple beauty of the shooting that is expressed through sincerity of action. This natural simplicity is at the very heart of traditional Japanese culture.

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