As usual, when most it was needed I happened to have forget my camera at home...
No, I wasn't so far as in Tokyo, but just in Padua, at the workshop, "Jian. Between West and East", held in San Gaetano's Cultural Institute.
The word "Jian" refers to the ancient form for the Chinese graphic symbol meaning "between", and brings to mind the minute expance of light between two wings of a door frame.
It's in this narrow opening, this intermediate expanse through two realities, West and East, that "Jian" conceives an open space in which they can come face to face and make contact.
We attended an "Aikido" performance, followed by a "Kendo"'s (that also has an unique beauty in itself), and finally an enchanting display of "Kyodo", or "Zen in the Art of Archery" .
This video is just my humble homage to this fascinating discipline.
Kyudo, literally meaning "way of the bow", and is far from being just an archery type sport. It is considered by Japanese to be a personal search for truth and perfection--and is often referred to as Tachi-zen (standing meditation.)
The practitioner is taught correct posture, calmness of mind, humility, respect and supreme care of his or her equipment, as a means of becoming a better being. Thus, it is believed that at the highest level, Kyudo masters do not need a bow and arrow since they themselves become the embodiment of all which Kyudo represents.
In Kyudo, the primary goal is to achieve a state which Japanese call "San-Mi-Ittai" which is a state of perfect union and harmony of mind, body and the "universe at large."
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