Many students said they had come to know about the history of Japan by participating in the competition.
ISLAMABAD:To create awareness among students about martial arts, a painting competition was held at Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) on Thursday, which was organised by the Japanese embassy.
Over 109 school and college students from the twin cities participated in the exhibition, “Still Life Art Competition” by painting the Spirit of Budo, history of Japanese martial arts. Thirteen students were declared best painters in the competition.
>Many students said they had come to know about the history of Japan by participating in the competition. “It’s a great opportunity and I believe the best way to learn about Japanese culture and history is through these paintings,” said Sundas Sana from Islamabad College for Girls F-6/2, who won first prize.
“I’m very excited to receive first prize. This is a great way to learn about Japan’s martial history,’’ said Mustafa Hasan, a student of International Grammar School & College.
“The basic objective of the competition is to create awareness among the youth about the history of Japan’s martial arts and give them the opportunity to express their talent,” said Japanese embassy’s Public Affairs Counsellor Toshikazu Isomura.
Isomura said the embassy had organised an exhibition “The Spirit of Budo” last November at the National Art Gallery in which the history of martial arts was portrayed.
“We then decided to organise a competition to promote Japanese martial arts and the spirit of budo, he added.
RAC Resident Waqar Ahmed said students were categorised in four sections according to their ages.