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    Tutong celebrates Makan Taun

    Aching Tanjong & Haji Minor Absah

    June 19, 2011 – The Village Consultative Council of Kampong Bukit Sulang in the Tutong District yesterday gathered and joined hands to prepare for the annual Makan Taun gathering at the Kampong Menengah Mosque compound in Mukim Lamunin.

    Acting Tutong District Officer Haji Muhammad Suffian bin Haji Bungsu, the chief guest, participated in preparing food and delicacies for the Makan Taun. Yesterday, the villagers wrapped and packed a traditional delicacy, Kelupis, while some were busy cooking meat.

    Kampong Menengah and Kampong Bukit Sulang Village Head cum event chairman Haji Roslee bin Haji Ahad, said the Makan Taun aims to preserve the tradition and heritage of Kedayan community to strengthen and foster closer rapport in the rural areas.

    In the past, Makan Taun was done after the paddy harvesting in appreciation for the hard work, he said. As the saying goes Berat sama dipikul dan ringan sama dijinjing, he added.

    The Acting Tutong District Officer hoped the village youth could cultivate the solidarity spirit, which would become the mode of human research development as the prime mover of the national
    development.

    Making of kelupis. PHOTO: HAJI MINOR ABSAH

    ‘Kain Tenunan Brunei’ impresses Japanese university students

    June 21, 2011 – Five Japanese university students took a close look at the process of weaving the Kain Tenunan Brunei at the Puteri Tenunan Bolkiah Weaving Workshop in Kampong Bolkiah ‘A’, recently. According to a press release, the workshop is managed by S’Aisya Boutique.

    Guided by the Puteri Tenunan Bolkiah, the students had the opportunity to observe, as well as have hands-on experience on several steps in the intricate process of weaving a Kain Tenunan Brunei. The Puteri Tenunan Bolkiah are local artisans in the traditional art of weaving who are registered with S’Aisya Boutique.

    The students also visited the S’Aisya Boutique at the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex for a briefing on the traditional and modern use of the Kain Tenunan Brunei, as well as to view various contemporary kain tenunan products.

    The Japanese students are in Brunei for a seven-day visit under the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) programme.

    The programme launched by the Government of Japan in 2007 was based on former Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe’s initiative as announced at the Second East Asia Summit (EAS) in 2007, to implement a large-scale East Asia Youth Exchange programme.

    Under this initiative the Japanese Government aims to invite to Japan, around 6,000 EAS member states’ youth, (ASEAN, Australia, China, India, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea) every year for five years, establishing the basis of Asia’s stalwart solidarity through expanding youth exchange.

    The JENESYS programme amongst others invites East Asian youths to Japan or dispatches Japanese youths to East Asia so as to deepen mutual understanding among the future generations of EAS member countries.

    This is the first time that the Japanese Government had dispatched Japanese university students for a study visit to Brunei Darussalam under the JENESYS programme.

    One of the Japanese university students gives weaving ‘Kain Tenunan Brunei’ a try
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