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Japanese Archery Ceremony

Shooting the Japanese bamboo bow was once a battlefield skill of samurai. Today kyu, “The Way of the Bow,” is a character-building art, a form of self-development that teaches the archer to cultivate technical precision, a clear mind, and freedom from distractions and fear.

Members of Tucson’s Arizona Kyudo Kai will draw their nearly eight-foot-long bows at Yume and let shafts fly from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on Sunday, January 26, 2020. They’ll also explain the ceremonial etiquette, traditional dress, and shooting procedures and stances that make Japanese archery a discipline for both body and mind, simultaneously competitive and meditative.

As an arrow feels the pull of the earth, you’ll feel the pull of kyu at this exceptional event, which is free for Yume members. Non-member admission is $16 for adults and $5 for children ages three to 15, and includes Gardens entry. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

You may reserve your place and buy tickets online (processing fees apply) or in person at the Gardens during business hours. To order advance non-refundable tickets online, click on “Events” at the top of any page in our website; in the dropdown menu that then opens, click on “Buy Tickets” and follow the purchasing instructions.