The Spirit of Budō: The History of Japan’s Martial Arts

The travelling exhibition “The Spirit of Budō: The History of Japan’s Martial Arts” organised by the Japan Foundation will be returning and showcased in Malaysia for the second time.

20 July - 22 August 2020*
Dates are subject to change

Terengganu State Museum
Bukit Losong, 20566 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

Saturday to Thursday (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Closed on Friday, Aidilfitri (1&2), Aidiladha (1&2)

Museum Admission Fee applies

"The Spirit of Budō: The History of Japan’s Martial Arts" was planned and produced against a background of strong overseas interest in Japan's martial-arts culture. In this exhibition, we seek the understanding of viewers about the brief history of Japanese martial arts—from battlefield combat techniques (bujutsu) to popular sports or physical exercise tempering body and spirit (budō).

This exhibition consists of two parts: in the first part, reproductions/originals of historical weapons such as bows and arrows, suits of armor, helmets, and so on are shown, and the development and changes of Japanese martial arts from 8th century to 19th century are explained. Many of ancient types of armor and weapons have not survived to the present or are too fragile for international transport. That is why we decided to include reproductions, which would give the appearance of suits of armor and helmets at the time of original production even more vividly.

The second part deals with the reorganisation of bujutsu to budō in the 19th and 20th centuries, and how spirit of martial arts is still inherent in the daily life of Japanese people today.  Nine budō associations are also introduced and the clothes and implements such as bamboo swords, protectors, bows and arrows, and so on, which are used by players and students in the present day, are also to be seen.

We hope that through this exhibition the viewers will become aware of not only the history of Japanese martial arts, but also of people's aesthetic awareness and creativity, and Japan's social history and the Japanese way of thinking from a new angle. Finally, we would like to express our gratitude to all of the experts, contributors, and budō associations for their cooperation in helping us to realize this exhibition.

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