Yesterday was our New Year’s Shooting at my Kyudojo.
As I never took part in that before, I didn’t knew what to expect – so I was really excited.
So first of all we started with the usual greeting, after my sensei held a welcome speech, which got followed by the traditional Makiwara ceremony and the 5th Kyu shooting on Makiwara.
After that the Mato with the symbol of this year’s patron – the snake – were installed and starting from highest to lowest grade we shot on the Matos.
I was last and after I finished, we were released into lunch break.
After the lunch break we got divided into 3 groups and shot competitive on a colored Mato. Although I was in the losing group, it was quite fun.
My sensei gave all of us some instructions how to shoot better and we were able to shoot 2 final arrows for that day. I was first and for the first time of the day I finally hit… twice.
That’s rare and I was kinda disappointed that I hit when it doesn’t count anymore, but it was a nice final for the day.
When we finished the greetings after the final two arrows of everyone we were able to get a present (only if we brought a present with us) and I received a book in Dutch.
My present was a selfmade snake plush and its new owner likes it really much:
We finished the day with all of us sitting around drinking sake, eating snacks and chatting with others.
It was my first time in another event than my exams and I really enjoyed it 🙂