The Spirit of Budō: The History of Japanese Martial Arts

Another high-quality exhibition related to Japan’s history and culture is headed to Jamaica in the form of ‘The Spirit of Bud?: The History of Japanese Martial Arts’. The last Japan-themed exhibition to grace our shores was JAPAN: Kingdom of Characters which was focused on the anime, manga, art, history and culture. It goes without saying that I will definitely be visiting this exhibition (multiple times) so look out for my write-up and pictures (if allowed). More info below.

‘The Spirit of Bud?: The History of Japanese Martial Arts’ is an overseas travelling exhibition, which the NMJ received from the Japan Foundation through the Embassy of Japan to Jamaica. It explores the rich history of Japanese martial arts through images, videos and historical artifacts. The exhibition was planned and produced against a background of the strong global interest in Japan’s martial arts culture.

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Samurai Culture in Japan

“Bud? is the Japanese word for ‘martial ways’, encompassing both their physical and spiritual dimensions,” said Dr. Jonathan Greenland, Director of National Museum Jamaica. “Bud? serves as a path to self-perfection. If this is something that interests you and you want to know more then why don’t you learn MMA from trained professionals? Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a new exciting way to train yourself in the most effective fighting style. Although if you want to know more then you should go to this exhibition. This exciting exhibition will explore the history of Samurai culture in Japan and the development of Japanese martial arts. Jamaican audiences have long been interested in martial arts as well as Japanese culture in general; this exhibition is a great introduction.”

Modern Martial Arts

The exhibition will also explore the place of martial arts in modern, global culture and popular culture. It will feature some highly popular forms of martial arts, such as karate, kendo and judo as well as sumo wrestling.

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Throughout the exhibition, our visitors will explore the deeper significance of the various Japanese martial arts as a philosophy and art form, rather than as just a form of combat or sporting activity. The visitor will not only learn about the history of martial arts in Japan, but also about the aesthetic awareness, creativity, social history and ways of thinking of the Japanese people.

Read more and source  – Institute of Jamaica

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