ISLAMABAD: An exhibition titled ‘The Spirit of Budo ‘featuring the history of Japan’s martial arts under the aegis of the Embassy of Japan and the Japan Foundation, in collaboration with the Pakistan National Council of the Arts was held organized at the National Gallery of PNCA.
The exhibition presents an evolution over more than one thousand years of Japanese martial arts from battlefield combat techniques called ‘Bujutsu’ to popular sports or physical exercise to train the body and cultivate the spirit, which is called ‘Budo’.
Japanese Ambassador Takashi Kurai, inaugurated the exhibition on Monday at the National Art Gallery.
The exhibition a history of Japanese martial arts is a travelling exhibition and has been to many countries before coming to Pakistan for the second time. The exhibits features reproductions of bows and arrows, elaborate helmets, armory and swords traditionally used in ‘Budo’ which is literally translated to martial arts but attaches more importance to spiritual aspect of cultivation of oneself through developing of both body and soul.
The special feature of this exhibition is that it shows the historical developments of Japanese martial arts from the 8th century to the 19th century through which visitors can see how the spirit of martial arts is still inherent in the daily lives of the Japanese people today.
Speaking at inaugural ceremony, Ambassador Kurai, said that the Japanese ‘Budo’, together with their techniques and the weapons that were actually used, have become so immensely popular overseas that they are often seen as representative images of Japan.
Ambassador Kurai said that through this exhibition it is expected that visitors discover not only the history of Japanese ‘Budo’ but also the aesthetic awareness and creativity of the people of Japan.
Japanese Budo is one of the most important and inseparable aspects of Japanese culture and is becoming to be highly appreciated in the world.
“I am very glad to see the keen interest and popularity of these among Pakistani people, particularly, the young generation of Pakistanis”, said Ambassador Kurai.
The exhibition is open to the public for viewing from Janaury 7 to January 21, 2019 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily except for Mondays and gazetted holidays.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 8th, 2019.
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