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This Ancient Bow Was A Samurai's Deadliest Weapon | Samurai Bow | Absolute History

  • čas přidán 18. 11. 2023
  • Samurai Bow explores the violence, beauty, and reverie that surround the Samurai's earliest weapon. With stunning dramatic reconstruction, we reveal the ancient way of the Samurai and explore how the bow could avert wars when put in the hands of a true master. Comparing the Japanese bow to another great war bow, the English Longbow we put them both through scientific tests to examine the specialties of each. Using stunning high-speed footage we reveal their power and precision and ask what makes the Yumi so special.
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Komentáře • 55

  • @russparker1647
    @russparker1647 Před 6 měsíci +2

    Such an amazing design for a bow, the asymmetrical shape, the bamboo back a tempered bamboo belly, and the laminated side by side tempered strips of bamboo core with hardwood edge strips. I have made about 80 bows of many types, but making a yumi and having it come out balanced without being able to tiller the belly is truly an art form. I managed it half a dozen times in a traditional longbow shape in all bamboo, but wouldn’t know where to start on a yumi

  • @Justadonkey
    @Justadonkey Před 6 měsíci +18

    I feel like I saw this documentary way back in the 90s?

    • @Nidhoggrr
      @Nidhoggrr Před 6 měsíci +7

      Yea it has that really chopped up dramatized presentation style that should have stayed in the 90s.

    • @Andy_Babb
      @Andy_Babb Před 6 měsíci +6

      I think early 2000’s… at least the 90s attempted to educate us lol at least in the US all we get now is dumb sh!t about ancient aliens and Bigfoot 😂

    • @Justadonkey
      @Justadonkey Před 6 měsíci

      @@Andy_Babb Don't forget about ice road truckers or deadliest catch lol. Remember when TLC was "The learning channel"? The stuff that gets pedaled today feels so soulless and focus tested to hell and back

    • @Nidhoggrr
      @Nidhoggrr Před 6 měsíci

      @@Justadonkey I've got one for you "Swamp Loggers"
      I to this day cannot find a place where I can watch that show again.

    • @Justadonkey
      @Justadonkey Před 6 měsíci

      @@Nidhoggrr That 90s dramatized style worked for a good few shows though, Unsolved Mysteries, Rescue 911, America's most wanted, and that series about hauntings whose name I for the life of me can't remember.

  • @scottrichards3587
    @scottrichards3587 Před 6 měsíci +10

    FYI: Bamboo is grass, not wood.

    • @Face2theScr33n
      @Face2theScr33n Před 6 měsíci +1

      That's your insight? Thanks, genius.

    • @MsWinterlife
      @MsWinterlife Před 6 měsíci

      Yes indeed, that’s why bamboos are notorious for getting out of their allocated spot and growing wild, causing neighbourly disputes over blocked pipes or damaged foundations. Basically, bamboo is a pretty looking weed.

    • @garethjones909
      @garethjones909 Před 6 měsíci

      ​​@@Face2theScr33nat least he taught you something. Imbecile 😉

  • @austinbradley8551
    @austinbradley8551 Před 6 měsíci +3

    Am I the only person who believe that the yumi is that one weapon that made other soldiers think " oh sh*t" when it was seen

  • @DenshaOtoko2
    @DenshaOtoko2 Před 5 měsíci +1

    There's many strong contenders in the Archery world in many nations across the globe.

  • @locustsun
    @locustsun Před 6 měsíci

    The training back then really did focus on how every human was a disposable cog in a larger human-machine, rather than a renewable resource that could be manipulated to gain further and long-duration benefit from.

  • @JayeEllis
    @JayeEllis Před 6 měsíci

    That was really interesting.

  • @petric334
    @petric334 Před 6 měsíci +11

    A 23 kilo draw long bow is not a fair comparison. Would also wager that bows intended to draw and shoot from horseback just can't max out draw weight the way a bow intended to shoot on foot can. You just have better positioning and leverage with your feet planted and legs beneath you.
    "Shot from the ground, the umi out performs the longbow". No, the umi outperforms a 1/2 strength long bow. They're just different tools for different roles. Maybe you get to this later but jeez.

    • @SilverforceX
      @SilverforceX Před 5 měsíci +2

      None of this is accurate. Manchu bows from centuries ago has a draw weight of 120-180 pounds, for horse-back archery. As for the Japanese Yumi, these are for target practice, 40 pounds max. The war-bow Yumi had more layers and were on record, 45-67kg draw weight. Surviving samples in Japanese museums proved it.

  • @SilverforceX
    @SilverforceX Před 4 měsíci

    Westerners don't realize that the Yumi as they know it, is ceremonial and for target practice. In Samurai times, they had the War-variant, where it took 3 men to string, which each "men" being a measure of ~60 pounds draw weight. There are surviving War Yumi samples at temples & museums which have been tested and their draw weight range from 120 to 200 pounds.

    • @moderatelyapathetic3280
      @moderatelyapathetic3280 Před 2 měsíci

      I find it ridiculous that anyone would actually be drawing a 200 pound bow. In what circumstance would that even be necessary, assuming you had an archer strong enough to draw and fire it effectively

  • @MrArthoz
    @MrArthoz Před 6 měsíci +2

    After learning about the the failed Mongol invasion of Vietnam, I learn to appreciate the design of Japanese bow. It was made in consideration of the environment/climate...something which the Mongols failed to adapt or innovate. In many places where the Mongols were defeated it all either related to the defects of their bows or their needs to disperse their horses for pastures.

  • @boobio1
    @boobio1 Před 6 měsíci +5

    Misinformation about the longbow.

  • @garethjones909
    @garethjones909 Před 6 měsíci +2

    There's not many horses available to run a short distance in a straight line? I've heard it all now 😂

  • @albertenriquecrowleybeastc217
    @albertenriquecrowleybeastc217 Před 6 měsíci +1

    How much would one of these masterpieces of art cost? Could you commission one to be made if your not Japanese?

  • @okboomer6201
    @okboomer6201 Před 6 měsíci +1

    Everyone becomes silent as a Ravin XK7 R500E enters the room.

  • @korosuchimu1479
    @korosuchimu1479 Před 5 měsíci

    Yumi bow
    Yume dream

  • @joemama-xw1jh
    @joemama-xw1jh Před 6 měsíci +3

    9:20, that has nothing to do with the style of bow and more with archers poor decision to use overspined arrows.

  • @andyking957
    @andyking957 Před 6 měsíci +3

    0:14 you do not draw a yumi this way form above like in modern kyudo helmet on...

  • @daymonklotz
    @daymonklotz Před 6 měsíci

    hemp superior material

  • @nathanbrazeau3793
    @nathanbrazeau3793 Před 6 měsíci

    Early on an absolute history video

  • @simpleimprovements8733
    @simpleimprovements8733 Před 6 měsíci +7

    What is the draw weight of that longbow? By not telling us this s*** this is literally like Full Metal Jacket man's male call Turtle horseshit😂

    • @petric334
      @petric334 Před 6 měsíci +4

      They say it's 23 kilos so like 50 lbs. Not really a long bow. Just like, a bow.

  • @amandafletcher4379
    @amandafletcher4379 Před 6 měsíci +18

    I don't know what's worse, saying Sam-u-rai or the stereotypical Asian accent on the voiceover of the man speaking Japanese. 😂😂😂😂

    • @josephfuller272
      @josephfuller272 Před 6 měsíci +1

      Wait until you hear a British person pronounce Hyundai

    • @asahearts1
      @asahearts1 Před 5 měsíci +1

      Or the way they're trying to hype everything up but making it so cringe that it's funny. 😂

    • @asahearts1
      @asahearts1 Před 5 měsíci +1


  • @LALAMANdarl-eo7ox
    @LALAMANdarl-eo7ox Před 6 měsíci +3

    let’s go my names gonna be up here for ever🦅🦅🦅🦅🔥🔥🔥

  • @steveday4797
    @steveday4797 Před 6 měsíci

    You can't beat a bit of Mike Loads

  • @steventhomas6071
    @steventhomas6071 Před 6 měsíci

    I made bow and arrow as a kid, 😂

  • @TheNecessaryEvil
    @TheNecessaryEvil Před 6 měsíci +1

    Japan before the bomb: this.
    Japan after the bomb: uwu, where’s my animepillow

  • @simpleimprovements8733
    @simpleimprovements8733 Před 6 měsíci

    If you like this video you'd probably would like Total War Shogun 2 fall of the Samurai help me Tom Cruise

  • @Neontiger77
    @Neontiger77 Před 6 měsíci

    Seriously 2023 and you need to DUBB the japanese speaking dude telling the story ffs learn to READ ENGLISH! SMH. and a /facepalm if it was Swedish makers of this video it would never been dubbed to Swedish what the Japanese man is speaking it would be SUBBED!!!

  • @trex1448
    @trex1448 Před 6 měsíci +2

    Not as good as Korean, Mongolian, Asian steppe recurve bows.

    • @azraelwolfsblood2902
      @azraelwolfsblood2902 Před 6 měsíci +1


    • @simpleimprovements8733
      @simpleimprovements8733 Před 6 měsíci +1

      Or even Welsh

    • @eagle162
      @eagle162 Před 6 měsíci

      I would not say that they were considered deadly outside Japan and prove effective against more heavily armored individuals.
      Of course there are pros and cons to every kind of bow.
      some info on Japanese bows.
      "July 12, 2017
      Wakyuu (和弓) - The Japanese Bow"

    • @patrickb.b.1015
      @patrickb.b.1015 Před 4 měsíci

      Thats not true.During the Imijin-war the yumi-bow was used alongside with the tepo and the nagayari against the heavy cavalry of the chinese and korean troops efficient.On land the japanese overwhelmed the korean troops in most of the battles and bows and firearms made the japanese very successful on the battlefield.There were no tepo(arcebusers)that were not supported by yumi archers during the entire sengoku jidai.

    • @trex1448
      @trex1448 Před 4 měsíci

      @patrickb.b.1015 yumi is useless. The recurve was and is superior. You can literally compare two even now

  • @Revelations_of_Islam
    @Revelations_of_Islam Před 6 měsíci +1

    *O Allah, send Your peace and blessings upon Muhammad, Your servant and messenger, the unlettered prophet, and upon his family and companions. May Your peace and blessings be upon him.👍👍👍👍*

  • @TheJapanChannelDcom
    @TheJapanChannelDcom Před 6 měsíci +7

    Sort of interesting but hearing "sam-yu-rai" again and again is annoying. Sah-moo-rai.