why did you come to Japan?

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An American Samurai challenging for an examination only 1 in 100 could pass.

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An American Samurai challenging for an examination only 1 in 100 could pass.
  • Aaron
    Aaron
    usaSixth dan Japanese archery teacher with 40 years of career.
    With 40 years of his career, Aaron from America is a sixth dan teacher of Japanese art of archery. He's visiting Japan to challenge for seventh dan, which only 1 in 100 could pass, at the examination held in Fukuoka.

An American Samurai challenging for an examination only 1 in 100 could pass.

  • Challenging for seventh dan of Japanese archery for the 7th time.

    Challenging for seventh dan of Japanese archery for the 7th time.

    With 40 years of his career, Aaron from America is a sixth dan teacher of Japanese art of archery. He's visiting Japan to challenge for seventh dan, which only 1 in 100 could pass, at the examination held in Fukuoka.


    First encounter with Japanese archery was 40 years ago.

    First encounter with Japanese archery was 40 years ago.

    Aaron met Japanese art of archery 40 years ago when he was working as an English teacher at a high school in Fukuoka and he's been practicing ever since then.


    Highest graded in America.

    Highest graded in America.

    Aaron's teaching it to his students now at his own dojo. There's no one in America with higher grade than his, he's practiced on his own to challenge for the 7th time.


    No moment to lose concentration.

    No moment to lose concentration.

    All of the behaviors are examined from the entrance till the exit, Aaron has no moment to lose concentration. The basic posture is defined and his is noble.


    Concentration with whole mind and body put into it.

    Concentration with whole mind and body put into it.

    At the examination Aaron needs to hit the 36 centimeters diameter target from a distance of 28 meters. Missing even 1 arrow would decrease the possibility of passing, shooting requires a concentration with the whole mind and body put into it.


  • Over 200,000 yen bow?!

    Over 200,000 yen bow?!

    Aaron visits the "Shiramizu Kyudo shop" to select the equipment. The bow he likes is the "Shihochiku Ginsui" made by the popular bow maker Issui Nagano, and the price is over 200,000 yen! He concerns what his wife would say with a bitter smile on his face.


    Shiramizu Kyudo shop
    Kurume city, Fukuoka prefecture
  • Tense examination started!

    Tense examination started!

    Examination's started! At the venue with a strained silence Aaron's first arrow hits the target! But the second one doesn't make it through... How would the result turn out?!


    His challenge to be continued.

    His challenge to be continued.

    Unfortunately Aaron doesn't pass the first exam... "With the sport you play against someone you can blame on something but with Kyudo it's just yourself". Aaron promises to come back and challenge again next year.