The History of Japanese Archery as Mirrored in Ancient Woodblock Prints

German edition

The English edition of "Die Macht des Bogens" is scheduled for publication in November 2020.

There is almost no other country in the world where bows are more closely intertwined with history and culture than in Japan. The bow is not only a means to hunt animals and defeat enemies, but it also plays a significant role in Japan's mythology and popular belief when children are born, diseases are to be healed, demons expelled, and good harvests secured. The bow is even attributed the power to transmit messages from the gods and predict the future. About 190 magnificent and expressive woodblock prints from the 19th century illustrate historical events, and take the reader on a foray through Japan's mythology and intellectual history. Bow rituals, competitions, and ceremonies are depicted, legendary archers are portrayed and their exploits are told. Along the way, the influence of Shintoism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism on Japanese archery is described. The Power of the Bow is an illustrated reader for all bow lovers and all friends of Japanese culture and history.

German edition: Die Macht des Bogens
The German edition of "Die Macht des Bogens" is available in bookstores or can be purchased from Verlag Angelika Hörnig, and on the Internet Amazon Germany (France, UK, USA, Japan),jpc, Rothacker,Thalia and more.

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