Ja­pan Week in Bhutan

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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.

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