August 04, 2018

The Spirit of Budô at the National Museum of Fine Arts

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  • From August 10, 2018, to September 30, 2018, The Japan Foundation, Manila and the National Museum together with the Japanese Embassy is bringing The Spirit of Budô: The History of Japan’s Martial Arts Exhibition to the National Museum of Fine Arts at the National Museum.

    IMAGE The Japan Foundation, Manila

    The exhibition has already been to countries such as Peru, Canada, and Brazil. It provides a great platform for audiences to learn even just a brief history of Japanese martial arts and covers traditional battlefield combat techniques (Bujutsu), to popular sports or physical exercise tempering body and spirit (Budô), and even originals and reproductions of historical weapons such as arrows, suits of armor, helmets, and other martial arts gear. The exhibit will also include materials and photo panels of popular sports and physical exercises such as Kendo, Judo, Sumo, and more.

    IMAGE The Japan Foundation, Manila

    Apart from the exhibition, there will be other activities circling Japanese martial arts. On August 15 and 17, 2018, the Japan Foundation, Manila will bring legendary Director Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai at the UP Film Center – Cine Adarna Leg of EIGASAI. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.

    IMAGE The Japan Foundation, Manila

    There is also a collaboration with Karate Pilipinas, Inc., Philippine Judo Federation, IGA Kendo Club Philippines, and Amato Arnis Classic Combat Martial Arts Organization of the Philippines for free demonstrations and workshops.

    IMAGE The Japan Foundation, Manila

    The demos and workshops will be held at the National Museum Auditorium on the following dates:

    • August 25, 2018, 10 a.m. – Arnis
    • September 1, 2018, 11 a.m. – Kendo
    • September 8, 2018, 11 a.m. – Judo

    The exhibition is done in line with the National Museum’s objectives of presenting the artistry and artifacts that embody the cultural heritage of the Philippines as well as other Asian countries. This is done in order to create a dialogue regarding their similarities, differences, connections, and intersections.

    IMAGE The Japan Foundation, Manila

    All activities are free. Visit their events page to learn more about the exhibit.


    What: The Spirit of Budô: The History of Japan’s Martial Arts Exhibition
    When: August 10, 2018 to September 30, 2018 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday; Closed on Mondays)
    Where: National Museum of Fine Arts
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