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Japanese Ox Cart

Ox Cart of Japan in the Heian Period

First Class Travel in the Days of Yamabuki The ox can hardly be seen, but it is at the front. The royal personage(s) would sit inside on cushions as they were taken from place to place at a stately pace.

Woman samurai archer riding and shooting

Archery and War

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 …

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