Japanese archery, has its origin in the distant past, when bows and
arrows were used in hunting and on the battlefield. Kyûdô is now a popular
sport, but still retains its traditional clothing and ceremonial
etiquette. In this way it is the
same as other Japanese martial arts and, like them, places emphasis on
spiritual training. The bows with a length of 215, 221 or 227cm are made of bamboo, wood or
glass fiber. The bamboo arrows - modern types are made of strengthened aluminium -
are fletched with three bird feathers.