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Kyudo equipment. 弓具。 At 弓道場 kyudo-jo, places where kyudo is practiced, the yumi (bow) are placed on a wooden 弓立 (yumi-tate), or bow stand. The colorful tube-like objects are 矢筒 (yadzutsu) or quivers, in English. They can come in different colors, patterns, and lengths according to the length of an archer’s arrows.

Edo Archery: 19th century archery set, one bow missing.

Antique modular indoor archery set with collapsible small bow (koyumi), used by samurai women during the Edo period to play a game (yokyu), the game was also played in game centers by the public, the game center was called yokyuba in Kyoto/Osaka or yaba in Edo (tokyo).

Kyudo or Kyūdō (弓道?), literally meaning "way of the bow", is the Japanese art of archery. It is a modern Japanese martial art (gendai budō) and practitioners are known as kyudoka (弓道家?).