Miyakonojo DaikyuMiyakonojo Bows
shikajishimanari is descending arbalest, and what was made flourishingly remains for record late in the Edo era. The Meiji era began, and next Kusumis who lived trained craftsman of the making of many bows from Kawauchi district. Early in the Showa era, it was in large production center where product was sold to in East Asia partly because we were blessed with abundant raw materials.
There was the slump period after the war, but craftsman made with bow nearly 30 played an active part in the golden age. We produce 90% of bamboo bow even now as the only production center in our country.
Closely connected with the history of Kagoshima, there are documents verifying that just after the middle of the 19th century, the making of Miyakonojo Daikyu was a thriving local craft and by the end of the century, many bow makers had been instructed in the craft by two generations of the locally residing Kusumi family. Blessed with plentiful supplies of locally obtainable raw materials, the craft developed and by the 1920s bows were being sold in East Asia.
Although there was a fall in demand after World War II, at the height of production there were some 30 bow makers active in the area. It is now the country's only production center for bows, 90% of all bamboo bows being made here.
Following an established pattern, there are seven joints of bamboo on the forward face and six on the inner face. Although the shape may differ according to who makes it, a good bow is thought to be one with a perfect balance between its upper and lower portions, and one to which consideration has been given to its center of gravity and the distribution of weight after the arrow has been shot.
|Industrial art object name
|Classification of industrial art object
||Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork
||Tool for Kyudo
|Main production area
||Miyazaki / Miyakonojo-shi, Mimata-cho, Kitamorokata-gun
|The designation date
||April 4, 1994
■local production associations
Miyakonojo bow manufacturing industry cooperative association
3987-2, Kabayama, Mimata-cho, Kitamorokata-gun, Miyazaki
■Associated exhibit space, facility
Bow consists of six melodies outward in seven, the inside, and form is decided. Form of bow varies among craftsmen made with bow, but weight of top and bottom is balanced, and bow which thought about distribution and center of gravity of weight at the time of repercussion of string when we shoot bow is good bow.
A form of the bow is consisted of 7 outer sections and 6 inner sections. The shape is different depending on its craftsman, but a good bow must be balanced in upper and lower weight, and also has a good distribution of weight and positioning of center of gravity when drawing the bow.
How to make
We pick up common Japanese bamboo and bow core made of gobies with two pieces of bow bamboo and wind up thing which we touch sum tree (hitaigi), Seki board and glued together with rope and we touch curve into a semicircle form in spite of being clamping with wedge and launch. After having run to tension stand, we step with foot and fix bow type.
A bow core made of bamboo and wax tree are interposed between two sheets of bow-shaped bamboo. The core is tightened with a wedge in a crescent shape after adhering bow tips and wrapped by a rope. The bow is then fixed to the platform and adjusted using foot.
Voice from production center
Bow is creature. Please contact with feeling bringing up archery with love. Particularly, we become cause that outside bamboo is broken, and model collapses when we make state that always set up string (string). We sometimes take off string, and it is necessary to let you take a rest.