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The Spirit of Budo: Japanese Exhibition in Kingston
The Spirit of Budo is a traveling Japanese martial arts exhibition, put on by the Japan Foundation. It has been shown in 36 countries globally: from Morocco, France, Germany and Brazil, to name a few. I’m happy to see it reach Jamaican shores, the second Caribbean island in which it has been showcased since its debut by the foundation a decade ago. I don’t know much about Japanese or Asian culture really, but I welcome learning of other cultures, especially when that country takes the time, effort and money to carry expensive authentic relics and replicas to a museum near me. It is on display in Kingston from January 10 to March 18, 2017 at the National Museum of Jamaica (NMJ). Do pay a visit if you can.
Google Maps is rather helpful in finding the Institute of Jamaica, walking distance from Parade in Downtown where the JUTC buses load. A contribution of JM$400 per person is required to see the exhibit. That is paid to a cashier at the Institute of Jamaica, an umbrella group responsible for the National Museum, National History Museum, African Caribbean Institute, National Gallery, Liberty Hall and Music Museum of Jamaica. In other words, go to the Institute of Jamaica first, pay and collect your receipt. Take it with you 3 blocks down to the National Museum of Jamaica, where you’ll be welcomed to the exhibit after showing your receipt by the security post. The National Library and National History Museum of Jamaica lie between the 2 buildings you need.
The Spirit of Budo: History of Japan’s Martial Arts Exhibit
The Spirit of Budo catalogue has pictures of each artifact, which you can obtain at the security desk. Additional facts are displayed on signs beside each stand. I’d say their effort in informing visitors of Japanese martial art history is a success.
National Museum of Jamaica
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