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Just asking for informed opinions here:

I am looking at buying a yumi from Asahi Archery. Does anyone out there know of any advantages or difference (other than price) in opting for a fiberglass bow over a traditional bamboo style?

Thanks for any input.
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Asahi has their catalogue and you can find advices in it, such as the following:
"Because kyudo equipment can be damaged by poor technique we strongly advice novice practitioners to purchase moderately priced equipment at first. We also recommend that anyone new to kyudo, especially those with little or no access to an experienced instructor, consider a bow of fiberglass or carbon construction. These synthetic bows are relatively low priced and are much more durable and forgiving of abuse than bamboo yumi. Synthetic bows and arrows are also recommended in areas where the climate is too extreme – too cold, wet, or dry – to safely use bamboo equipment."

Taken from here: http://www.kyudo.com/AsahiAmCat2005.pdf

Hope that was of a help.
I did see that, it makes sense. I just wondered if there were substantial difference in the handling and feel of a synthetic bow.
Thanks for the info!
One other comment, since I just noticed you are from my area: bamboo doesn't fair well in the Pacific Northwest climate unless you are very careful. Even bamboo bo-ya get kind of warped if you aren't careful.

Also, I and several people in my Kyudo club are going to be ordering yumi in the very near future (probably from Sambu Kyuguten, though). We try and consolidate yumi orders since the shipping is so expensive and Sambu will ship up to six bows in a crate: anyway, you are welcome to join us if you haven't ordered already. We are all in the Seattle/Shoreline/Bellevue area. We also have formal practice twice weekly if you would like to check us out: www.kyudo-wa.org
Actually, I have already been on your website several times. my girlfriend and I are both interested in starting up with your club, possibly this next Spring.
I am currently involved with Pacific Northwest Budo as well, studying Seido karate, iaito, and aikido.
I have a huge dedication to the Japanese budo arts, and would love to get deeply involved with kyudo.
Synthetic yumi (fiber glass or carbon fiber bow) are very durable. You can abuse the hell out of it and it keeps on ticking. Most beginners start out with
the synthetic for this durability and cost.

A take yumi or bamboo bow is more expensive since they are made by bowmakers by hand. They are prone with temperature, humidity, and breakage by inexperienced archers ( no proper technique developed as of yet). However, the feel of a take yumi at release is so much better than a synthetic yumi.

a good guideline: Natural is better even arrows and strings. And that I hope answers your question.