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2016年06月22日
Aikido was founded by Ueshiba Morihei around 1944. Since then it spread around the globe, through the great effort of Ueshiba sensei's many students. Aikido dojo Plzen was established in 1992 as group of enthusiastic people. Besides regular training organizes at least two international aikido seminars per year, with prominent teachers from Japan, Sweden, France or Finland. Since 1997 Aikido dojo Plzen cooperate with Tanaka Kouichi, 7. dan aikido. In 2015, Aikido dojo Plzen took active part during the Pilsen2015 with three minor and one international seminar.
 
This year, they invite Mr.Kei Izawa, International Aikido Federation secretary general, and Koichi Tanaka to conduct weekend aikido seminars and a lesson about the life and philosophy of the aikido Founder.
 

Seminar 1 :

Date: 30 Jun. – 3 Jul. 2016
Venue: Plzen, TJ Slavia hall             
Shihan: Koichi Tanaka, Stefan Stenudd
Other participants: Stephan Schroder (Denmark), Alexander Ermakov (Austria), Hans Geshe (Denmark), Sylvia Mucke (Denmark), Anders Heinonen (Sweden), Horst Schwickerath (France) and other 60 people from Czech Republic
Related programs: 
  • Aikido seminar with Tanaka Kouichi
    Date: 24 to 26 Jun. 2016
    Venue: Berlin and Denmark

  • Aikido DAN grading
    Date: 2 Jul. 2016
    Venue: Plzen, TJ Slavia hall

Seminar 2:

Date: 27-29 Jan. 2017
Venue: Plzen, 31st Elementary School               
Shihan: Kei Izawa 

Research Travel:

Travellers: Jaroslav Sip, Head Teacher of Aikido dojo Plzen
                        Jiri Basl,chairman of Aikido dojo Plzen
Date: 
23 Sep. - 6 Oct. 2017
Location: International Aikido Federation Congress, Takasaki, Gunma
 
 
 
2016年06月15日

International bonsai, tea and suiseki 4-day festival Bonsai Slovakia belongs with its manifoldness and scale to very singular events organised in Slovakia, linking extensive bonsai exhibition and non-stop cultural program. 40.000 visitors crossed gates of 19th year of Bonsai Slovakia this year.

 A special mention must be given to the young Japanese bonsai master Takuya Suzuki and energetic tsugaru shamisen player Keisho Ohno. Audience also had a chance to compare 15 types of traditional matcha, followed by the performance of bartenders who turned matcha into high class cocktails. What a combination of art and modernity, traditions and youth.

As Bonsai Slovakia belongs to the biggest bonsai exhibitions in Europe, it strives to remain a platform bringing cultures together, create friendships and deliver that much needed harmony into people’s lives. Also thanks to Japan, its tea and bonsai.

Written by Barborka Ondejcikova

Date:

16-17 Apr. 2016

Venue: 

Nitra, Slovakia                    

Japanese participants:

Takuya Suzuki, Nao Higano, Keisho Ohno

Other participated artists:

Paolo Nastasi (Italy), Giacinto Andrioli,(Italy), Gyorgy Rácz, (Hungary), Dušan Holík, (Slovakia), Gabriela Hesková, (Slovakia), Zuzka Dobšovičová, (Slovakia), Jiri Altior, (Czech Rep.), Genkikan Budo, (Slovakia), Koisushi, Tatami, (Slovakia), Natalia Hadziivanova, (Russia), Alenka Ondejčikova, Vladimir Ondejčík, Barborka Ondejčíková, (Slovakia), Tea House of Good People, (Slovak)

 

Programs:

DateProgram titleName of artist/company
 16 Apr. 2016INTERNATIONAL BONSAI SHOW Takuya Suzuki, Japan, Paolo Nastasi, Italy, Giacinto Andrioli, Italy
Shamisen playerKeisho Ohno, Japan
Sushi ShowTatami - Koi Sushi, Slovakia
Matcha ShowAlenka and Vladimir Ondjejcik
How to do Matcha WorkshopTeahouse of Good People, Nitra
Show of Martial Arts: Aikido, IaidoGenkikan Dojo, Slovakia 
Childen make tea for Takuya SuzukiZuzka Dobšovičová, Slovakia, Jiri Altior, Czech Republic
Japanese Calligraphy and Painting: exhibition, workshop and demonstrationNatalia Hadziivanova, Russia
Haiku DemonstrationNao Higano, Japan
School of JapanGabriela Heskova, Slovakia
OrigamiStudents of Gabriela Heskova, Slovakia
GalaeveningBonsai Slovakia
Japanese tea degustaionTeahouse of good people
Experiential tea and Matcha chocolate drinkingTeahouse of good people
Photo-presentation of pictures from tea gardens, temples and teahouses  of JapanBonsai Slovakia
Art Body paintingVeronika Ďurišová, Slovakia
Slovak and Japanese musicNao Higano, Dušan Holík, Slovakia
 17 Apr. 2017Bonsai workshop Takuya Suzuki, Japan
2016年05月18日

From a traditional Japanese performing art to puppet artistry charming the world

The performance of Wonder of Karakuri Ningyo has been a unique opportunity to discover a traditional puppet art with 300 years of history. Karakuri are traditional puppets in castelets with a very sophisticated mechanism that could make them seem like robots or antique machines, in fact it is said that there are the forerunners of the robots. The way that Mrs. Yasuko Senda explained what Karakuri Ningyo was and the way as Mr. Shobei Tamaya showed the audience how the puppets worked were such interesting that they won the adults and children audience from San Sebastian they were astonished looking at those small creatures with delicate movements. They played 10 times in different places of San Sebastian, from Miramar Palace to a Mall, and in Tolosa; in every place the answer of the audience was a huge applause. Karakuri Ningyo friends were also one of the most interviewed by the media.

Written by Idoya Otegui Martínez 

Date:

28 May to 5 Jun. 2016

Venue:

TOPIC Tolosa Puppet Thatre

Japanese participants:

Shobei Tamaya IX (Karakuri Ningyo Company) , Yasuko Senda

Other participated companies:

Marionetteatern (Sweden), El Espejo Negro (Spain), Lichtbende Theatre (Netherlands), Kakashiza (Japan), ASSITEJ & Speeljtheater (South Africa), La Enananaranja (Spain), Puppets Lab (Bulgaria), La Licorne (France), La Fontana Sombras Animadas (Portugal), Hand Made Theatre (Spain), Unterwaser (Italy), Tol Theatre (Belgium), Laura Heitt (U.S.A.), Wild Theatre (Austria), S.A: Marionetas (Portugal), Creature (France), Titiriteros de Binefar (Spain), Marcelo Lafontana (Brasil), Roberto White (Argentina), Markeliñe (Spain)

Programs:

DateVenue
29 May 2016 Miramar Palace
31 May 2016Garbera Mall
2 Jun. 2016 Euskalherria Plaza (Tolosa)
4 Jun. 2016Tabakalera (Kutxa Kultura Plaza)
5 Jun. 2016Kiosko del Boulevard

Related program:

  • World Puppet & UNIMA Congress 2016
    Date: 28 May to 5 Jun. 2016
    Venue: San Sebastian, Tolosa
2016年05月17日
 Kendo, kyudo, iaido, aikido . . . Dream competition with the traditional martial arts of Japan together under one roof.
 

Japanese Martial Art Festival was an unique opportunity for a meeting of the Polish and European adepts of Japanese martial arts: kendo, iaido, aikido and kyudo with their Japanese sensei and a meeting between the martial arts disciplines with each other.  The two days open to the audience included: kendo competition (Nami Kendo Taikai), kyudo tournament (The First Tournament of the Polish Kyudo League), kyudo demonstration by Japanese masters, iaido training, and aikido demonstration. Additional events were held parallel: Japanese calligraphy show and Japanese chess tournament. 10 of the Japanese sensei and about 200 of Japanese martial arts adepts have met during these days spreading Japanese culture among Wroclaw citizens and developing features, such as courtesy, self-control and modesty. 

Written by Julian Gorski

Date: 

24-25 Sep. 2016

 

Venue: 

Sports Hall of the 9th High School (Wroclaw, Poland)

 

Japanese participant:

Hironobu Yamashiro (8-dan Hanshi Kendo), Hisao Horiguchi(7-dan Kendo),
Masami Wakamatsu (7-dan Kendo), Hidefumi Ishizaka (6-dan Kendo), 
Yuichi Saito (6-dan renshi)
Norio Furuichi (8-dan Iaido, 7-dan Kendo)
Kinich Sawada (8-dan Hanshi Kyudo), Hisayuki Toba (8-dan hanshi)
Etusji Horii (7-dan Aikido)
  

Related Programs:

Date Program Lecturer Venue
22-25 Sep. 2016 Kyudo Seminar  Hisayuki Toba, Kin’ich Sawada, and Polish kyudo teachers Training Hall at Sobotka
23-24 Sep. 2016 Kendo Seminar Hironobu Yamashiro, Japanese and Polish kendo teachers  MCS Wroclaw Training Hall
24-28 Sep. 2016 Iaido Seminar Norio Furuichi 9th High School, Wroclaw Physical University Training Hall
22-23 Sep. 2016 Aikido Seminar Etusji Horii Wroclaw Physical University Training Hall
24-25  Sep. 2016 3rd Wroclaw Shogi Open Championships  Wojciech Jedynak (Shogi instructor, Polish-Japanese Friendship Foundation NAMI)  9th High School 
2016年05月16日

Traditional etiquette of Japan wins attention in Europe. Lecture on etiquette, archery practice and workshop on manners by 31st-generation descendant of Ogasawara School's originator.

Three main cities in Poland have been visited: Kraków, Wroclaw and Warszawa. In each of the locations there were lectures, workshops and presentations held. In each of the cities a substantial number of participants had an opportunity to experience, recognize and understand and practice the basic forms of the traditional Japanese etiquette. Active lectures and workshops participation and public radio interview have brought a very big interest for continuing this form of presentation of the Japanese culture in the future. There is a substantial interest in arranging a yabusame (horse mounted archery) and the Ogasawara family treasure exhibition as a part of the 100th Anniversary of the Japanese-Polish diplomatic relations establishing celebration in 2017/2018.

(Witold Rychłowski) 

Date:

 

21-22 Jun. 2016  

Japanese lecturer:

Japanese participant: Dr. Kiomoto Ogasawara (The 31st head of the Ogasawara-Ryu clan), Mrs Junko Ogasawara, Mr Akiyoshi Kawamura, Mrs Kimiko Fukada

Cooperation:

Polish-Japanese Friendship foundation “Nami”

Related programme:

Date

Programme

Venue

20 Jun. 2016

Lecture workshop and presentation 

Manggha Musem (Kraków, Poland)

23-25 Jun. 2016

Warsaw University, Służewski Culture, Centruk culture and sport (Warsaw, Poland)

24 Jun. 2016

Radio interview by Dr. Kiomoto Ogasawara

Warsaw, Poland

2016年05月10日

Noh performance of work by Polish author.

Noh performances of classical pieces and new work incorporating requiem for the dead.

In 2016 the City of Wroclaw will become the European Capital of Culture. One of its most important events is going to be the 7th Theatre Olympics. The festival, “The World as a Place of Truth” will take place from 14 October to 13 November 2016. Its programme will feature productions of some of the world's greatest theatre makers, who will be presented alongside festivals such as the Lower Silesian Theatre Platform, Dziady.Recycling Festival, Eastern Line, Polish Theatre Showcase, and More Than Theatre. The programme will include performances, retrospectives, discussions, symposiums and conferences with many acclaimed theatre practitioners and researchers. The Japanese theatre company, Tessenkai Theatre will present its two productions as a highlight of the program of the festival.

Date:

4-5 Nov. 2016

Venue:

The Center for Performing and Visual Arts 

Participants from Japan: 

Tessenkai Theater

Programme:

“Chinkon/Repose of Souls” (The Japanese-Polish Noh production), “Kiyotsune”

Related Programme:

●The programme of TESSENKAI Theatre’s visit in Poland includes
 a special memorial-homage event at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial
 and Museum planned for the ALL Souls Day
 Date:  31 Oct. – 1 Nov. 2016
 Venue: Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum/ Oswiecim

 

2015年09月30日
Czech aikido, boasting a history of 40 years Within the five days of Aikido seminar participants had the unique opportunity to meet three top ranking teachers, who had for certain time been pupils of martial arts legend Nishio Shoji (1927-2005, 8 dan aikido, 7 dan iaido, 6 dan judo, 5 dan karatedo). Each teacher, being a holder of 7 dan Aikido, held two classes per day, so the participants could have attended six classes every day and most of us did so. Over one hundred people from Japan and Europe attended the seminar. Aikidoka from Japan, Czech, German, Austria, Poland and Sweden met together and enjoyed exchanging experience under guidance of the teachers.

Seminar:

Date: 12-16, Aug. 2015 Venue: TJ Slavia hall Shihan (lecturer): Tanaka Kouichi, Takemori Yasuhiko

Cooperation:

Aikido Dojo Pilsen
2015年09月15日

Bonsai culture takes root in Northern Europe

The Umeå branch of the Swedish Bonsai Society held the 28th Umeå Bonsai Exhibition. Established in 1986, the branch now has a membership numbering around 150. The group works to improve knowledge and techniques of bonsai cultivation through workshops and demonstrations held annually by instructors invited primarily from Europe. A host city of the European Capital of Culture in 2014, this year Umeå showed some forty bonsai works, including some employing materials taken in the wild from local habitats. In a first, the exhibition welcomed a Japanese instructor, bonsai master Takahiro Mori, who offered workshops and demonstrations, and provided critiques of members' bonsai. Ranging widely across such technical aspects as shaping and display methods to theoretical questions such as how to open space, the program proved a valuable opportunity for the society members to make great progress in their future bonsai activity. At the bonsai show open to the public, many people from the local community enjoyed this “dialog with Nature”.

Date:

September 12-13, 2015

 

Venue:

Culture House Klossen Umea

 

Artist:

Takahiro Mori (Bonsai MORI)

 

 

 

2015年09月03日
The 4th Japanese Culture Festival will be held with the European Bonsai Association(EBA) and European Suiseki Association(ESA) Convention in Vilnius, Lithuania. This Festival aims at showcasing tradition and transformation of Japanese performing arts to local audience and international participants of European Bonsai Congress. Professional dancer Miyuki Matsunaga, will present a unique “geta dance” which blends elements of traditional and contemporary dance and theatre . The festival will open with Keiko Borjeson jazz quintet’s show “Japan Jazz Messengers”. The program will include jazz improvisations of Japanese songs and original compositions. Dancer Miyuki Matsunaga and Keiko Borjeson will present joint performance at the gala concert. Demonstrations and workshops of washi paper, presented by master Sadao Mino, ikebana and calligraphy will enrich the Festival’s program and provide the visitors with the opportunity to experience sophisticated Japanese culture phenomena cherished in the contemporary life.
EBA & ESA Convention / The 4th Japanese Culture Festival: http://www.bonsailithuania.com/ 

Date:

4-6 Sep. 2015

Venue:

Lithuanian Convention and Exhibition Center LITEXPO

Program:

-GETA DANCE by MIYUKI MATSUNAGA -Jazz concert by KEIKO BORJESON & "JAPAN JAZZ MESSENGERS" -Washi workshop by Sadao Mino -Dalia Matulaite sculpture exhibition -Dalia Doksaite sumi-e exhibition -Sho exhibition -Origami exhibition -Washi exhibition -Ikebana exhibition -Kimono exhibition -Japanese doll - kokeshi exhibition -"UNTOLD STORY OF SURVIVAL" photography installation and workshop -Ikebana demonstration by Miwako Tsuchiya, Yoshino Tokuhira, Laimute Vanagiene -Calligraphy demonstration by Yoshino Tamura -Origami demonstration by Souka Toyoda -Aikido-Kendo-Iaido Show by Kyumeikan Kendo Dojo Lietuva -Tea Ceremony -Haiku exhibition -Lecture "Women Calligraphy in Japan" by Gabija Kauneliene -Lecture "Five stanzas for Donelaitis or language of sculpture" by Dalia Matulaite -Lecture "Japanese way of thinking and communication ethics" by Arvydas Alisauskas -Lecture "Historical Styles of Japanese Gardens" by Aurelijus Zykas -Exhibition official opening cerenomy: collaboration performance by Miyuki Matsunaga(GETA DANCE) and Keiko Borjeson (jass singer) -Lecture "Ikebana - the language of flowers" by Laimute Vanagiene -Lecture "Work in Japanese Company" by Andrius Gelezauskas -Kimono Demo Show by Japan agency "Yukari" -Lecture about Washi by Sadao Mino -Japanese railroad presentation by Atsushi Niwa -Ikebana workshop by Miwako Tsuchiya, Yoshino Tokuhira, Laimute Vanagiene -Washi workshop by Sadao Mino -Origami workshop by Souka Toyoda -Calligraphy workshop by Yoshino Tamura -Zen meditation -Lecture "Unknown Japan" by Andrius Gelezauskas and more...

Related program:  

European Bonsai Association(EBA) and European Suiseki Association(ESA) Convention

Date: 4-6 Sep. 2015 Venue: Lithuanian Convention and Exhibition Center LITEXPO

Design Fair

Date: 4-6 Sep. 2015 Venue: Lithuanian Convention and Exhibition Center LITEXPO
2015年06月11日

Kendo activities by Poland-Japan Friendship Foundation Nami

In the background to the establishment in Wrocław of the Nami foundation lay the enthusiasm of people with inexhaustible respect for kendo and the other martial arts of Japan. It is not difficult to imagine that what brought kendo master Hironobu Yamashiro, who has his own long track record of exchange, to respond at long last to the invitation was the sincere respect and admiration for kendo of the program's organizer, Julian Górski.

              “Kendo strongly embodies the spirituality and traditions of Japan,”  Górski wrote in a letter to Yamashiro. “It is a Japanese martial art that I hope will find appreciation in this way among many people.”

              The example of the spread and development of kendo in Poland gives us confidence that culture of excellence does not remain isolated, but persists in its development and in the end transcends national borders.

Date:

26-27 Sep. 2015

Venue:

High School no. 9 (Wroclaw, Poland)

Japanese Artists:

Hironobu Yamashiro (8th dan Hanshi kendo), Ishizaka Hidefumi (6th dan kendo), Furuichi Norio (8th dan Kyoshi iaido), Saito Yuichi (6th dan Renshi kendo/from Amsterdam)

 

Related Program

  • Kendo / iaido workshops

23-27 Sep. 2015 / High School no. 12, REDECO Sport Hall, MCS Sport Hall, High School no. 9

 

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