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Medieval Japanese Archery

Discussion in 'World History' started by Lonecat Nekophrodite, Dec 18, 2019.

  1. Lonecat Nekophrodite

    Lonecat Nekophrodite King

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    1. Preferred materials for them to make their longbow 'Yumi'
    2. Did they also uses crossbows too? the term 'ishiyumi' also appears as an alternate (native) readings of the 弩 (Crossbow), does it also means crossbows too? since Yumi means bow in their words.
    And who in Japan uses crossbows? are these weapons amongs forbidden weapons and considered unchivalrious?
    3. Did Samurais also practices archery? did they train to also deal with crossbowmen of any kind? (particularly against Koreans or Chinese, whom were the first to make and use these weapons) did Samurai archers superior to these peasant crossbowmen? did Hojo Tokimune's Samurai defenders did fight crossbowmen before? (or did Mongolian invaders use crossbows as well as bomb-hurling trebuchets?)

    https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/弩
     
  2. JohannaK

    JohannaK Careless Whisperer

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    I have no idea about crossbows, but yes samurai practiced archery as much or more as they might have practice fencing.
     
  3. r16

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    supposedly the swords became only a thing after the unification of the country , as a status symbol and a figure of authority , instead of warmaking .
     
  4. Lonecat Nekophrodite

    Lonecat Nekophrodite King

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    That's the reasons why firearms development ceased in Japan after the Unification. and it more or less associated with demobilizations where Samurais became civil servants as well as constable maybe.

    But it didn't explain the existence (or lack of) of crossbows in old Japan.
     
  5. r16

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    sorry can't be much of an help when it needs actually historical answers . As for katanas gaining currency , ı have seen stuff that say they were much less useful when the contest could be decided by long range arrow fire , pretty much the same elsewhere . ı don't remember any TV news where some dignitary visited Japan and they were given a Show of swordplay ; insted horse mounted guy with the curious bow , short underside / far longer above the hand .
     
  6. Traitorfish

    Traitorfish The Tighnahulish Kid

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    According to r/AskHistorians,

     
  7. Lonecat Nekophrodite

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    Is that the reasons why crossbows were not made in Japan nor see any use there AT ALL? (And 'no hunting' bans too?)
    So with that. Archery is well practiced and perfected and it's not what rank&file Ashigaru have access to? (since most of them are peasantry rather than warrior 'samurai' caste)
     

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