Japan Week in Bhutan
The opening of the Japan Week in Bhutan will be held next Tuesday at the Clock Tower Square in Thimphu. As the part of the program a variety of events such as live drum performances, martial arts demonstrations, quiz sessions and film shows will be held. The program will also be simultaneously held in Punakha and Paro till the 12th of September, 2015.
According to the press release from the Embassy of Japan in New Delhi the idea of the holding this event came in limelight when in June last year during the visit of the Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay to Japan. In a meeting held with the Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo one of the topics discussed during the meeting was peopleto-people and sports exchange. The Prime of Japan expressed his intention to donate 100 judo uniforms to Bhutan as a way of strengthening sports exchange and Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay responded with gratitude. The representative of the Government of Japan will hand over the Judo uniforms to the representative of the Bhutanese government at the presentation ceremony.
One of the main sup-
ports given to Bhutan includes the establishment of Bhutan Judo Association (BJA) in 2010 and received its official affiliation from the Bhutan Olympic Committee in 2015. Japanese government supports the Bhutan Judo Association by sending a national Judo coach and conducts two national tournaments every year. In May 2015, the association organized a friendship tourna- ment with the Students Olympic Association of India, which sent their national champions from different states of India. On top of that, the association will organize its first international Judo seminar from 6 to 12 September 2015, which will be conducted by a top Japanese Judo sensei and an Austrian Judo Olympian.
The other one includes the establishment of The Bhutan Karate Association (BKA) in 2009 and received its official affiliation from the Bhutan Olympic Committee in 2015. It also got its provisional membership affiliation from the World Karate Federation (WKF) in 2015 and will soon be attending the WKF programs with support from the Bhutan Olympic Committee. It has 7 clubs and 500 members across the country. Annually, it conducts the U21 karate championship and the BKA senior championship. Recently it has successfully conducted the first BKA referee and instructorship seminar.
One of the main attractions at the week will be the live performance of Japanese drum by the Taiko project founded in 2013, specializing in the traditional Tokyo-style of playing Japanese drums (taiko). The project is try- ing to create a new evolutionary style of taiko ensemble through their fusion of music, combining Japanese traditional Noh and Kabuki with Western Classical essence, which sounds very powerful.
The events are being organized by Embassy of Japan, Japan Foundation New Delhi and JICA Bhutan Office, in cooperation with the Royal Government of Bhutan.