Hazard Sensei used to say that archery was the prefered method of fighting in old Japan. Swords were too personal. Too in close. Too involved with the opponent. Archery was “better.”

In fact, the old Japanese root word for “war” is said to come from something approximate to “archery exchange.”

As I draw to a close in my work on Cold Heart, I draw inspiration from a very nice video that resonates. Japan still honors its past and traditions.



3 thoughts on “Archery and War”

  1. Wow I think I’ve just found a treasure trove. I’ve got to get my hands on your books. I can’t wait. I’m not yet successful like you but I translate classic samurai fiction into English and want to publish too.

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