Arts - Entertainment & It
The Spirit of Budo comes to Chiang Mai
The Spirit of Budo explores the history
of the martial arts in Japan from battlefield technique to international
sport. The first half of the exhibition is a display of reproductions of
historical weapons and implements, such as sword mountings, bows, arrows,
helmets, and suits of armor. The original artifacts are preserved in museums
and castles, and what you see in the exhibition are reproductions that were
faithfully crafted using traditional techniques.
of o-yoroi type with a helmet of the hoshi-kabuto type
The warriors of this period endured strenuous physical training with special
emphasis on spiritual growth. This spiritual approach to battle resulted in
a close relationship with a wide range of arts, such as poetry, visual arts,
There are eight superbly designed helmets in this collection from the
Warring States period (1467- 1568)—an age of nationwide incessant
violence—that are presented in their original splendor as they appeared at
the time of their creation. Although elaborately designed, the originals
were actually worn in battle by renowned warlords such as Nagamasa Kuroda
(1568-1623) and Yukimura Sanada(1567-1615). Highly individual and unique,
these helmets reflect the warriors’ ambition and will-power achieved through
their training in martial arts.
Twice in its modern history, the Japanese martial arts confronted a crisis
of survival. The first was marked by the end of feudalism and the beginning
of modernization in the Meiji period (mid-19th century). The second was
during the post-WWII democratization of education. In response to societal
changes, Bujutsu (the techniques for fighting) was transfigured by educators
and practitioners into Budo (the philosophy of bravery) in which the
physical practices aim to achieve a higher level of spiritual control of
The second half of the exhibition focuses on the contemporary practice of
the martial arts. Away from the war zone, the equipment and clothing were
developed to prevent injury during training. Bamboo swords, protectors,
gloves, and Hakama pants are on display, along with descriptive panels and a
DVD presentation of practice scenes.
At the Chiang Mai National Museum from 10 – 30 August 2012, the Opening
Ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. on 9 August. Exhibit hours from 9:00 am. –
4:00 p.m. The museum is closed Monday and Tuesday. (053) 221-308.
.htm. Admission is Free.
Too Scary To Hang
Sinfaii Chaiyasith stands in front of her series of animations that
chronicle her slide into depression.
By Shana Kongmun
A courageous exhibition by artist Sinfaii Chaiyasith opened at Sangdee
Gallery on Friday, July 13. Fai’s work chronicles her journey through
depression. An animation artist from Bangkok now resident in Chiang Mai, Fai
started treatment for depression 6 months before and the images she created
were done at times of great sadness and fear as she learned to manage and
overcome her depression.
The largest work is a series of animations made as she slipped into
depression and end at her deepest moment, chronicling her slide with
clarity. Many of her pieces are not as dark as one would think while others
make you stop and reconsider what they mean and where in Fai’s journey back
they were created.
A beautiful young woman as lovely of heart as she is of face, many would
think she has it all, but this exhibition shows that depression can affect
anyone and gives those of us who have never felt its crushing weight a
glimpse into that world.
Fai’s exhibit can be seen and purchased at Sangdee Gallery, Sirimangkalajarn
soi 5 evenings from 5 p.m.
paintings are all brilliant with color and are glimpse into her life.
her paintings to a friend.
with her parents.
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