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Miyakonojo Bows, Jan 2017

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Keitarou Yokoyama checking the straightness of a piece of bamboo as part of the bow making process. 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.