Miyakonojo Daikyu display set from Miyakonojo (Miyazaki Prefecture), size: h. 167 cm (65.7"), Bow x 2 (black, red), Arrow x 4
Miyakonojo Daikyu (great bows) are made in the city of Miyakonojo in the south of Miyazaki Prefecture. Japanese bows are made of bamboo, and bow-making was a thriving industry here from about the 18th century onward due to the large amount of bamboo produced in this region. Archery survived as a martial art even into modern times, with production growing even further and bows being sent to other parts of East Asia. 90% of the bows in Japan are produced in this region today. As all the processes involved in bow-making, including finding the right bamboo, are carried out by a single craftsman. It is said to take over ten years to master the traditional techniques for each process. Around ten bow makers work in Miyakonojo now, and Miyakonojo Daikyu bows are designated a traditional craft today.