Visitors admire the traditional Japaneese dress on show . :: J.J.B.
In 1613 the feudal Lord Date Masamune sent a message to the Japanese embassy in Europe asking them to engage in trade and diplomatic relations with Spain and the Vatican. Members of that mission travelled for thousands of kilometres and took seven years to complete their goal.
To commemorate the historic occurrence that took place 400 years ago a ‘Spain-Japan Dual Year’ is currently being celebrated. Fuengirola has been chosen to host one of the most special and symbolic events in its Museo de la Ciudad. It is an exhibition made up of numerous historic objects and works of art that represent thousands of years of Japanese culture and tradition.
On Tuesday the Mayor of Fuengirola, Esperanza Oña, together with members of the local government opened the exhibition which is called ‘Japan: Honour and Tradition’.
There are a wide range of uniquely Japanese works on show including: Origami (paper art), Ikebana (flower arrangements), bonzai trees, Kendo models (martial art). There are also historic ceramics, paintings and calligraphy samples. The objects have been loaned for the exhibition from private collections and some have travelled from Japan.
The mayor highlighted how this is a “one-off” collection for with highly valuable works of Japanese art. “We had the opportunity to organise this exhibition as part of the ‘Dual Year’ celebrations. It is especially appealing because Japan has preserved its traditions and it has a rich culture,” stated Oña.
Due to the complexity and the variety of works on show, the collection is housed in a range of rooms. Upon entering the museum visitors find themselves next to a dry garden made specifically for the occasion. Further inside there are is a section with ‘hinamatsuri’ dolls, another consisting of ‘concentration stones’ as well as a space dedicated to ancient tea ceremony.