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Japanese Martial Arts and Traditional Performing Arts come to the heartlands

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The Nippon Sport Science University hosted the Japanese Martial Arts & Traditional Performing Arts on 12 Feb 2017 at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall. 


The event showcased Judo, Kendo, Karate, Aikido, Shorinji Kempo and Sumo, as well as traditional dances and taiko (drum performance), and seeked to promote Japanese culture, as well as to enhance understanding and friendship with Singaporeans. 


Japanese Martial Arts and Traditional Performing Arts

The event kicked off with the Wadaiko (Japanese drum) performance, Iyasaka-bayashi. Photo: Eugene Lim/ Team NILA


Japanese Martial Arts and Traditional Performing Arts

This Japanese dance is based on the Yosakoi dance in the Kochi prefecture and Soran dance in Hokkaido. Photo: Eugene Lim/ Team NILA


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Japanese archery was one of the main skills practiced by former Samurais and was refined in shape and spirit into the traditional "Kyudo". Photo: Eugene Lim/ Team NILA


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The purpose of Aikido (practioners) is to acquire techniques through repeated practice of Kata. Photo: Eugene Lim/ Team NILA


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Judo is one of the Olympic sports since 1964. Photo: Eugene Lim/ Team NILA


Japanese Martial Arts and Traditional Performing Arts

As the national sport in Japan, Sumo is very popular across generations and has the longest running tradition among martial arts. Photo: Eugene Lim/ Team NILA


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Nihon-Buyo (classical Japanese dance). Photo: Eugene Lim/ Team NILA

Japanese Martial Arts and Traditional Performing Arts

Karate-do developed from the concept of self- defense against attack. It aims to cultivate both physical strength and mental depth. Photo: Eugene Lim/ Team NILA


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Shorinji-Kempo. It's aim is not to defeat the opponent, but to overcome oneself and to enhance the harmony of mind and body. Photo: Eugene Lim/ Team NILA


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Traditional Japanese dance - Ryuko. Photo: Eugene Lim/ Team NILA


Japanese Martial Arts and Traditional Performing Arts

With a history of almost 1,000 years, Kendo was considered to be the most important martial art for Japanese warriors. Photo: Eugene Lim/ Team NILA


Japanese Martial Arts and Traditional Performing Arts

The closing ceremony ended with the Japanese drum performance, Kozen-no-ki. Photo: Eugene Lim/ Team NILA


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Visitors interacting with the Japanese organisers. Photo: Eugene Lim/ Team NILA


Japanese Martial Arts and Traditional Performing Arts

Let's not forget the must-have group photo to commemorate the successful event! Photo: Eugene Lim/ Team NILA


This photo story was contributed by Eugene Lim, a volunteer with Team Nila


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