Okinawa – Thailand arts exchange program at CMU
“Water”, this work is by Japanese artist Masahiro Yoshida and is stencil
dyeing on a type of Japanese paper called “washi”.
By Shana Kongmun
As proof of the flourishing of Japanese relations in Chiang Mai and the
continued interest in Japanese arts and handicrafts a second exhibition
featuring Japanese art opened in Chiang Mai, this time at the Chiang Mai
University Art Center on Nimmanhaemin and featuring the works of artists
from the Faculty of Arts and Crafts at Okinawa Prefectural University of
Arts and Chiang Mai University’s Faculty of Fine Arts.
Last year the Exhibition Exchange was held in Okinawa, a city that shares a
love of traditional culture with Chiang Mai. The exhibition features prints,
watercolors, papercraft, sculpture and textiles from both Japanese and Thai
Consul General Kazuo Shibata was joined by Professor Yoshinori Kitamura,
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Crafts at Okinawa Prefectural University of
Arts and Assoc. Prof. Pongdej Chaiyakut, who also had works on display at
The Exhibition is open until 24 August at the CMU Art Center, closed on
amazing voice filled the hall while Ong’s dance
performance synchronized effortlessly.
sculpture is made of ink on paper by Thai artist Soontorn Suwanhem.
prints carved by the Dean
of the Faculty of Fine Arts for CMU, Assoc. Prof. Pongdej Chaiyakut.
The Spirit of Budo
reproduction of “O-Yoroi” type armor with a “Hoshi-kobuto” type helmet at
the Spirit of Budo exhibition.
By Shana Kongmun
The Spirit of Budo, which was opened on August 9, 2012 by Japanese Consul
General Kazuo Shibata, showcases Japanese martial arts, from the ancient
fighters and samurais with fantastic helmets, armor, and samurai swords to
modern day martial arts including Judo, Kendo and Karate-do.
reproduction, this of the “Mogamido haramaki” type with a helmet of the “
The superb helmets and armor are reproductions since the originals date back
to the 1500s and were worn by renowned warlords like Nagamasa Kuroda
(1568-1623) and Yukimura Sanada(1567-1615). The originals are in museums
across Japan including Fukuoka City Museum. Japanese swordsmanship
flourished in the 14th and 15th centuries with the opening of specialist
schools in swordsmanship called “kenjutsu”.
The second half of the exhibition showcases modern day martial arts and
features performances on video as well as training equipment, uniforms and
bamboo swords. The exhibition is open until August 30 at the Chiang Mai
National Museum on the Superhighway and open Wednesday through Sunday 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m.
from the local martial arts classes came with students to view the
Fukuda, Director General of the Japan Foundation in Bangkok (far left) is
joined by his wife, Japanese Consul General Kazuo Shibata (2nd right) and
Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts Assoc. Prof.. Pongdej Chaiyakul (far right)
at the opening ceremony for the Spirit of Budo Exhibition.