Among the artEfacts showcased at the gallery. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Learn more about the history of Japan’s Martial arts through the “Spirit of Budō: The History of Japan’s Martial Arts” exhibition at the Malay Technology Museum (MTM) in Kota Batu.

Running until February 16, the showcase is brought by the Japan Foundation and organised by the Japanese Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in collaboration with the Museums Department of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS).

The Japan Foundation planned and produced the exhibit against a background of strong overseas interest in Japan’s martial-arts culture.

Among the artefacts showcased at the gallery. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Furthermore, the showcase aims to seek the understanding of viewers about the brief history of Japanese martial arts from battlefield combat techniques (Bujutsu) to popular sports or physical exercise tempering body and spirit (Budo).

Visitors can enjoy over 60 martial-arts artefacts including materials and photo panels of popular sports and physical exercise such as Kendo, Judo and Sumo in two parts.

The first displays the reproductions and originals of historical weapons such as bows and arrows as well as the development and changes of Japanese Martial Arts from the 8th Century to the 19th Century.

Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Eiji Yamamoto delivering his speech. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak
Visitors viewing the exhibits closely. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

According to a statement, many of the ancient types of armors and weapons have not survived to the present or are far too fragile for international transport.

“That is why we decided to include reproductions, which would give the appearance of suits of armor and helmets at the time of the original product even more vividly.”

Meanwhile, the second part displays the reorganization of Bujutsu to Budo in the 19th and 20th centuries and how the spirit of martial arts is still inherent in the daily life of Japanese people.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin (L) and Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Eiji Yamamoto (R) cuts the ribbon together to launch the exhibition. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Present to launch the event were the Japanese Ambassador to Brunei, Yamamoto Eiji and the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Yang Berhormat Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Aminuddin Ihsan Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Hj Abidin.

In his speech, Japanese Ambassador Yamamoto Eiji said Japanese martial arts have a long history with 18 kinds of martial arts including Judo and Kendo, with a record indicating Sumo wrestling had taken place as early as 2,000 years ago.

“Japanese martial arts are not just skills to fight or protect oneself but also place great emphasis on how to lead a good life and discipline yourself.”

Among the artifacts showcased at the gallery. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

The “Spirit of Budō: The History of Japan’s Martial Arts” exhibition started since 2007 and has been to 36 countries so far.

Before making a stop in Brunei, the exhibition was in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from November 8 to 29, 2019.

The Japan Foundation engages in international cultural-exchanges in cooperation with over 130 countries around the world, focusing on three major programme areas: Arts and Cultural Exchange, Japanese-Language Education Overseas and Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange.

Catch the exhibition from 9am to 5pm on Sunday to Thursdays and Saturday and from 9am to 11.30am and 2.30pm to 5pm on Fridays.

Among the artifacts showcased at the gallery. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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