Arrows are considered one of the most auspicious symbols in Japanese culture, both because for centuries they were the main weapon of the samurai and because of their obvious connection with setting and hitting targets. Every year, a little before and after New Year's Day, many Shinto shrines sell amulets shaped like arrows called hamaya, literally "evil-exorcising arrow," and sometimes these arrows are accompanied by bows called hamayumi, or "evil-exorcising bow." And the Kyugetsu New Year Hamayumi Bow with Case is an ornamental version for your home.
The Kyugetsu New Year Hamayumi Bow with Case is a showcase of the craftsmanship of Kyugetsu, a Tokyo workshop that has been making dolls and celebratory items like this for almost 200 years. It consists of four white arrows with white feathers (white is an auspicious color for Shinto), one bow, an ornament made of pine, bamboo, and plum branches, and flowers (also an auspicious symbol), and the magic mallet of Daikokuten, a deity of good fortune. And all beautifully stored in a 35 x 30 x 70 cm (13.8 x 11.8 x 27.6") glass case.
Specs and Features:
- Dimensions: 35 x 30 x 70 cm (13.8 x 11.8 x 27.6")
- Comes with 4 arrows, 1 bow, case, pine, bamboo, and plum ornaments, magic mallet, and "long life and happiness" wooden plaque
- Gold-leaf-plated arrowheads
- Made by historical Tokyo doll maker Kyugetsu (est. 1836)
- Made in Japan