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Miyakonojo’s Archery tradition and technique date back to the Muromachi period (1336~).

The oldest records of it are in “Shonai Chiri Shi”, records of the culture and politics of Satsuma during the Edo period.

The book mentions two major influences on the prevalence of archery making in the area:  For one thing, there was an abundance of bamboo and Japanese wax trees, typically used for making archery, in Southern Kyushu.

Furthermore, the Shimazu clan’s feudal lord encouraged the production of archery with the rise of samurai culture during the Edo period’s feudalism.

Thus, there remain records of archery craftsmen in this region.

and there were many craftsmen making a archery.

During the Meiji period, Yoshiharu Kusumi, a licensed archery maker, came to Miyakonojo to search for building materials. This encouraged the local archery tradition further.

With Kusumi’s son Kurakichi Kusumi training many disciples, Miyakonojō established itself as a famous production site in the archery market.

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