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Japanese Martial Arts - Introduction and Performance of Katori Shinto Ryu

(HUFO) On February 3rd, the HCMC Union of Friendship Association, Vietnam – Japan Friendship Association and Lien Phong martial art club held “Japanese Martial Arts - Katori Shinto Ryu’s Introduction and Performance”



The performance, took place at the Friendship House, with the participation of  Mr. Huynh Minh Thien – Standing Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organization, Mr. Nguyen Cong Tanh – Chairman of the Vietnam – Japan Friendship Association, Mr. Inui Hiroyuki – Japanese Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, Master Otake Nobutoshi- Chief of Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu , Master Shidosha Malte Stokhof- representative of Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu in Vietnam and representative of agencies and organizations, Vietnamese alumni, Swiss and Singaporean disciples and numerous young Vietnamese and  Japanese people.

Tenshin Shōden Katori Shintō-ryū , which was founded by Iizasa Ienao in Iizasa village (present day Takomachi, Chiba) 600 years ago,  is one of the oldest extant and traditional Japanese martial arts. The definitive and precise Katori Shinto-ryu martial arts represent the Bushido’s spirit and majesty. In 1960, Katori Shinto-ryu was the first martial arts to be recognized as intangible cultural heritage in Japan.



On behalf of the people in HCMC, Mr. Nguyen Cong Tanh, Chairman of the Vietnam- Japan Friendship Association, thanked Mr. Malte Stokhof as well as his students and The Master Swordman Otake Nobutoshi, Head Master of the Tenshi Shoden Katori Shinto-ryu Japan for bringing a special performance to the Vietnamese and particularly the people in HCMC. They are indeed the Cultural Ambassadors who bring Japanese friendship closer to HCMC people. He also added that, in 2013, the Vietnam- Japan Friendship Association and HUFO would organize more activities to celebrate the "The Vietnam- Japan Friendship Year" such as: essay contest about Japan, Haiku contest, Japanese Eloquence contest, Children's painting exhibition on peace and culture, Vietnam-Japan Cultural Festival, Vietnamese traditional cultural exchange in Japan.
          The success of "The Japanese Martial arts, Katori Shinto-ryu" has started a series of events to celebrate "Vietnam Japan Year of Friendship 2013".



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