'Ja­pan weeks' be­gins to­day

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To com­mem­o­rate the 30 years of of friend­ship be­tween Bhutan and Ja­pan, “Ja­pan Weeks in Bhutan” starts to­day at the Clock Tower, Thim­phu.

The first week will see sign­ing cer­e­mony of grant con­tract for the pro­ject for Ju­dojo con­struc­tion in Thim­phu be­tween rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Em­bassy of Ja­pan and Bhutan.

The day will see Judo demon­stra­tion by Bhutan Judo As­so­ci­a­tion and Karate demon­stra­tion by Bhutan Karate As­so­ci­a­tion.

The Bhutan Judo As­so­ci­a­tion ( BJA) was es­tab­lished in 2010. The BJA is af­fil­i­ated with the Bhutan Olympic Com­mit­tee and is a mem­ber of the Judo Union of Asia ( JUA) and the In­ter­na­tional Judo Fed­er­a­tion ( IJF).

Bhutan Karate As­so­ci­a­tion got its af­fil­i­a­tion from World Karate Fed­er­a­tion and Bhutan Olympic Com­mit­tee in the year 2015 and af­fil­i­a­tion from Asian Karate Fed­er­a­tion in 2017. It cur­rently has nine af­fil­i­ate Karate as­so­ci­a­tions and thirty two Karate clubs and more than 10,000 par­tic­i­pants.

There will be also Kendo demon­stra­tion, Ja­panese sword- fight­ing mar­tial arts) by JICA, JOCV and Ex- JOCV.

Stu­dents from Pelkhil School will sing and per­form with mu­si­cal in­stru­ments a song from Ok­i­nawa ‘NADA SOU SOU’. This song is covered by Bhutanese singer group called ‘ Os­trangers’ and is very pop­u­lar among Bhutanese youth. One beau­ti­ful song from Ok­i­nawa is con­nect­ing two coun­tries.

The cul­tural per­for­mance ‘ Tsug­aru Shamisen’ by HAYATE will be also pre­sented to­day. HAYATE is a group of 11 young, first- rate Tsug­aru shamisen a Ja­panese tra­di­tional three- stringed mu­si­cal in­stru­ment which is sim­i­lar to a gui­tar) per­form­ers. HAYATE is pro­duced by Kenichi Yoshida from The Yoshida Broth­ers, one of the most renowned Tsug­aru shamisen artists in Ja­pan. They con­tinue to pro­mote the charm of Tsug­aru shamisen, both within Ja­pan as well as overseas. At the Ja­pan Weeks in Bhutan this year, three per­form­ers from HAYATE, namely, Michi­aki Shi­rata, Koji Naga­mura, and Taichi Hikida will per­form.

The fol­low­ing days, there will be con­duct of Bhutan HPE Sym­po­sium at Paro Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion. On this oc­ca­sion they will also demon­strate and prac­tice Kendo. There will be also Ja­panese tra­di­tional mu­sic per­for­mance by HAYATE at The Royal Academy, Paro.

The films, Osaka Ham­let and Ja­panese short film, Ku­rara: The daz­zling life of Hoku­sia’s daugh­ter will be screened on De­cem­ber 3 and 4 at City Cin­ema, Thim­phu.

The ‘ Osaka Ham­let’ is about a mid­dle school punk kid Yukio was con­fused. Soon af­ter his fa­ther died, his clumsy un­cle Takanori showed up un­ex­pect­edly at their house, and strangely, Yukio’s mother Fusako wel­comed him to their fam­ily as if he was her hus­band. Since then, ev­ery­thing started get­ting strange. One day at school, Yukio’s teacher told him that he re­sem­bles Shake­speare’s Ham­let, mak­ing him won­der why. His older brother Masashi, in­stead of pre­par­ing for his high school en­trance exam, spent all his time with his eight year older girl­friend. His younger brother Hiroki told his class­mates that he wants to be a girl, and de­cided to play the part of Cin­derella at the school play. With all the strange things hap­pen­ing around them, they start to find their an­swers and the pre­cious­ness of life.

Ku­rara: The daz­zling life of Hoku­sai’s daugh­ter talks about the act of paint­ing which was al­ways Ku­rara to 0- Ei, the daugh­ter of the Edo pe­riod mas­ter painter Kat­shushika Hoku­sai. Since her child­hood, she was cap­ti­vated by paint­ing. O- Ei mar­ries a town painter, but she soon chooses art over mar­riage and di­vorces him. Once she re­turns to the fam­ily home, she be­gins as­sist­ing her fa­ther. O- Ei is his side as he com­pletes his iconic ‘ Thirty- six Views of Mount Fuji” se­ries. When Hoku­sai grew too old to wield his brush freely, O- Ei be­comes his “brush” and paints on his be­half. It’s dur­ing this time that she starts to grow a strong fas­ci­na­tion with col­ors as she fi­nally de­vel­ops her own paint­ing style.

The sec­ond week be­gins from De­cem­ber 12 were there will be Ja­panese lan­guage work­shop for teach­ers and sem­i­nar for stu­dents. A Ja­panese lan­guage on­line learn­ing ma­te­rial “Mi­nato,” which was de­vel­oped by the Ja­pan Foun­da­tion will be in­tro­duced dur­ing the work­shop. The par­tic­i­pants will learn the con­tents of the dif­fer­ent courses avail­able on Mi­nato and how to use them for their teach­ing. In ad­di­tion, the par­tic­i­pants will have an op­por­tu­nity to ex­change ideas on teach­ing method with the lec­turer as well as with other par­tic­i­pants.

On De­cem­ber 19, com­mem­o­rat­ing 30 years, there will be launch of book and com­mem­o­ra­tive sem­i­nar.

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