History and military buffs and those interested in the aesthetics of Japanese design and the origins of hand-to-hand combat are among those who should be interesting in a coming exhibition.
"Spirit of Budo: The History of Japan's Martial Arts", an exploration of the evolution of martial arts in Japan, from battlefield technique to international sport, opens at Chiang Mai National Museum on Friday.
Twice in its modern history, crises have rocked the Japanese martial arts scene and put its very survival in jeopardy. The first upheaval was triggered by the end of feudalism and the beginning of modernisation in the Meiji period (mid-19th century); the second was during the post-World War II democratisation of the country's education system.
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