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Traditional Japanese culture - 11th Impact

Traditional culture is always part of Japan Expo, whether arts, games or martial arts!


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Booths

 

Many booths were held by associations to present the many aspects of traditonal culture. Manda’s calligraphy workshop allowed the public to discover and learn this art. Nihonga painting was presented by the association Pigments et Arts du Monde (World Pigments and Arts).

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Other workshops were very popular too, among which Origami, organized the association Tengumi which also dealt with the drawing area where many young attendees showed their creativity and talent.

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And for Katana enthusiasts, forging demonstrations took place on the booth of Au fil de la lame.

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Of course, traditional games were represented by the Shôgi, Go and Mah-Jong Federations, which organized challenges for players and allow the public to discover these very popular games in Asia.


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The well-being area

 

The well-being area attracted many people. Shiatsu, Reiki or Amma sessions were proposed by the Shiatsu and Reiki French Federations and by the Institut Touch Line.

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Butsu Zen Zone was back too: a real peace haven at the heart of Japan Expo! The attendees could try sitted meditation or Zazen and see the Zen masters at work on the cultural stage. The best to relax during a day at Japan Expo!

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Martial arts

 

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For the first time at Japan Expo, there was Kyûdo, traditional Japanese archery. The Traditional Kyûdô French Federation showed many aspects of this art through demonstrations and initiations on their booth.

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On the Tatami, the associations presented many martial arts on a 2 000 m² wide dedicated area: Aikidô, Karate, Chanbara, Kendô, Iaidô, Ninjutsu, Viêt-Vô-Dao, Shôrinji Kenpô… The audience could admire the experts but also try these martial arts themselves!

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The Ninja Temple showed a martial art that is not so famous: Ninjutsu. The Ninjutsu French Federation organized many demonstrations and invited the attendees to learn some of it!

The members of the KenRyu club presented several disciplines at Japan Expo: Kendô, Iaidô and Chanbara mostly. The association Shôrinji Kenpô Club Neuilly presented this martial which they try to make better known in France.

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Other associations had come too: the Karate ASPTT Orléans and the Karate French Federation, made breathtaking demonstrations; the Villejuif Aikidô Club taught the bases of the Aikidô philosophy to the attendees; Vovinam-Viêt-Vô-Dao Palaiseau presented the eponym Vietnamese martial art; finally, the Mansuria Kung-Fu Federation made a real show of breaking, self-defense and fighting demonstrations!


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