It is called “Kyūdō”, and it is a beautiful sport. I found it when just walking around the surroundings of my apartment. As with everything else in Japan… they practice not only the sport itself, but also, in a very deep sense, all the discipline around it.
For the public, the important thing is the target… and how to get the arrow right there. But for those practicing the sport, the important thing is to know your own body, so as to understand every movement and reproduce it in a very controlled manner.
I couldn’t resist when I saw all those people training it… I had to go there and see it closer! This was my first interaction with a large group of unknown japanese people, so at first I was afraid of being unpolite by doing something wrong (something I am quite able to do so even when inside in my own culture!!!)
If you are curious about more details of this sport, of course you can check this Wikipedia page on the subject… I hope you enjoyed the pictures!