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Miyakonojo Bows, Jan 2017

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Pieces of wood bound together for laminating as part of the bow making process. Wedges are used to keep the shape of the bow. Yokoyama Reimei Bowmakers, Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan, December 23, 2016. A handful of bowyers from the Kyushu city of Miyakonojo make over 90% of all the bows used in traditional Japanese archery. The bows are made from laminated bamboo and haze wood in process that consists of over 200 individual tasks. At over two meters from tip to tip the bows the longest used in the world.