Shibata Kanjuro XXI is the official head of Zenko International, the multi-national umbrella organization of Shibata-style kyudo. Shibata-sensei is a 21st generation master bowmaker, archer, and is also a 4th generation official bowmaker to the Emperor of Japan in the Shibata family lineage.
(1921-2013) Shibata Kanjuro XX was the 20th in a line of consecutive master bowmakers and kyudo teacher. Shibata served as the official bowmaker to the Emperor of Japan from 1959 until 1994. He founded Zenko Kyudojo in Boulder, Colorado.
(1880-1959) Kanjuro Shibata XIX was the grandfather of Shibata Sensei XX. Most Japanese traditions follow the system called ie, a system of passing traditions from father-to-son. However, Shibata Sensei XX's father elected not to be a bowmaker--so
at the age of eight, Shibata Sensei XX became the student of Shibata XIX.
Interested in Kyudo? Please contact Lucy Halverson to observe a class.