'Japan weeks' begins today
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.