The Spirit of Budo: The History of Japan’s Martial Arts exhibition – organised by the Japan Embassy in Brunei Darussalam in collaboration with the Museums Department, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) – was officially opened yesterday.
The ongoing exhibition at the Malay Technology Museum in Jalan Kota Batu hopes to enlighten visitors on the history of Japanese martial arts – from battlefield combat techniques to popular sports or physical exercise tempering body and spirit.
The exhibition was planned and produced with strong overseas interest in Japan’s martial arts culture.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports and guest of honour Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin and Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Eiji Yamamoto performed the ribbon-cutting.
Eiji Yamamoto said Japanese martial arts have a long history, with 18 kinds of martial arts including Judo and Kendo. He said there is record indicating Sumo wrestling had taken place as early as 2,000 years ago.
He said it is important to note that Japanese martial arts are not just skills to fight/protect oneself, but also place great emphasis on how to lead a good life and discipline yourself.
There are two parts to the exhibition. The first displays the reproductions/originals of historical weapons such as bows and arrows, and the development and changes of Japanese Martial Arts from 8th Century to 19th Century. The second part deals with the reorganisation 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.
The expo will conclude on February 16, and is open from 9am to 5pm (Sunday to Thursdays and Saturdays) and from 9am to 11.30am and 2.30pm to 5pm on Fridays.