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nagaeyari
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 12:52 pm    Post subject: Stringing and Unstringing a Bow Reply with quote
In the Nihon Shoki (the anecdote can also be found in Hiroaki Sato's "Legends of the Samurai"), there's a brief entry for a 6th century man named "Yorozu".

He's being chased and unstrings his bow before he runs. He then gets shot in the knee by an arrow, restrings his bow, and starts engaging his followers.

Why would he unstring his bow?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
nagaeyari,

The main reason I can figure is so that the bow/string does not get snagged on anything since a stick has less of a chance of getting snagged than the curved intersection of a bow and string.


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