The Spirit of Budo - The History of Japan's Martial Arts

Starting Friday 12 April 2019, Estuary Arts Centre will showcase a collection of weapons and armor used in traditional Japanese martial arts. This includes reproductions of sword mountings from the late 1800s, and bows from the 1900s and modern reproductions of ō-yoroi (full armor), along with elaborate helmets and swords.

The Spirit of Budô: The History of Japan’s Martial Arts is an exhibition which explores the history of budo through to its modern variations.

Budô, which roughly translates to “martial way,” describes forms of physical exercise tempering the body and spirit. The exhibit will also feature traditional battlefield combat techniques called bujutsu, or the “science of war.”

Although budo and bujutsu are used interchangeably to describe Japanese martial arts, budo focuses on mind and body development, while the latter is more about technique and its use in times of war.

This exhibition is organized by the Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland and the Japan Foundation in cooperation with Estuary Arts Centre.

The Opening Event: Saturday 13 April 10:30am-3pm:
- Martial arts demonstrations on Shinto-Muso-Ryu (Classical Japanese Martial Arts of Jodo), Aikido, Kendo, Naginata, Karate, Shorinji-Kempo.
- Japanese Taiko drum & Tsugaru Shamisen performances.
- Free of charge / All welcome

The Extended Programme / Showcase:
Get acquainted with traditional Japanese culture over the exhibition period with the following extended programmes and showcase. No prior knowledge or experience is required. Don't speak Japanese? No problem, everything's in English. Please contact Estuary Arts Centre for the details.

- Children’s Holiday Programme (15 to 26 April 2019)/Experience classes with a Japanese arts & crafts

- Adult Classes and demonstrations (Japanese Tea Ceremony / Japanese Calligraphy / Ikebana - Japanese Flower Arrangement / Bonsai)

- “Kama-Yaki” (Kiln fired) Ceramic Showcase features Sumida Gawa Pottery Private Collection

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