|Kanjuro Shibata XX, Sendai at Kai. (ca. 1990)|
|Hamayumi - Ceremonial bows|
Sacred Arrow is another season word given as a prompt for a haiku. An archer was used to save the first Emperor from evil spirits. The arrow he used was declared to be a Hama Yumi, a sacred arrow. You can see the full prompt here. Additional information about the origins and current forms of Japanese archery can be found on the website Oko Europe. This particular site will discuss Kyudo as the way of the bow and in practice. It is an interesting read on using the discipline of archery to learn life lessons.
Most all cultures have talismans that may have properties to give luck, joy, love, prosperty, fertility, etc. Even scientists look for DNA markers to resolve issues of human diseases and abnormalities. Can an arrow be sacred? Can an arrow in a case on the wall bring good luck? It is not for me to judge, only to ponder.
I bow for the Buddha
holding up the Sacred Arrow of Jimmu
blessings for the New Year
feathers guide flight
punctures the heart of evil
© Janice Adcock
Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on