Special Exhibition: Celebrating 130 Years of Amity between Japan and Thailand

via Japan Times, 04 July 2017: Readers in Japan may be interested in this special exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum, celebrating 130 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Thailand. The exhibition is on until August 27.

Miniature Elephant, Ayutthaya, Early 15th century from the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum

July 4-Aug. 27 To honor 130 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Thailand, the Tokyo National Museum is presenting 140 artworks and treasures th

Source: ‘Special Exhibition: Celebrating 130 Years of Amity between Japan and Thailand — Thailand — Brilliant Land of the Buddha’ | The Japan Times

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Musashi coverage from the past week

The underwater archaeology circles have been abuzz over the discovery of the wreck of the Japanese warship Musashi from Philippine waters. Preliminary examination of the wreckage suggests that the ship was torpedoed and exploded under water. Many of the news stories listed below also have videos attached to them, so get check them out for the underewater footage.

One of the anchors of the Musashi. Source: Paul Allen, via CNN
One of the anchors of the Musashi. Source: Paul Allen, via CNN

Microsoft co-founder says he’s discovered long-lost Japanese battleship
CNN, 04 March 2015

Philippines not told of battleship Musashi search
ABS-CBN, 06 March 2015

‘Ship won’t be raised’
Tempo, 08 March 2015

How Microsoft Billionaire Found Largest Sunken Battleship
National Geographic, 09 March 2015

Japanese battleship exploded underwater
AP, via Leader Post, 14 March 2015

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has found the wreck of a long-lost World War II Japanese battleship near the Philippines.

The philanthropist posted images on Twitter that appeared to show the Musashi, once one of the two largest warships in the world. The discovery was made aboard his superyacht, the MY Octopus, as part of an expedition that Allen launched.

The search has taken Allen and his team of researchers more than eight years.

The images and video were taken by an unmanned submersible deployed from the vessel.

WWII Musashi wreck found in Philippines

One of the most famous World War II warships, the Musashi, has been discovered in Philippine waters. The person who announced the discovery is quite notable too – Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft.

Remains of the catapult ramp from the Musashi. Source: Sydney Morning Herald 20150403
Remains of the catapult ramp from the Musashi. Source: Sydney Morning Herald 20150403

WWII Japanese ship Musashi said to be found in Philippines
Sydney Morning Herald, 04 March 2015

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has found one of Japan’s biggest and most famous battleships on a Philippine seabed, 70 years after American forces sank it during World War II.

Excited historians likened the discovery, if verified, to finding the Titanic, as they hailed the American billionaire for his high-tech mission that apparently succeeded after so many failed search attempts by others.

Mr Allen posted photos and video online of parts of what he said was the battleship Musashi, found by his M/Y Octopus exploration vessel one kilometre deep on the floor of the Sibuyan Sea.

Full story here.

Japanese exhibition opens in Ayutthaya

A new permanent exhibition featuring the contributions of two prominent Japanese who lived in the Ayutthaya period opens in Ayutthaya earlier this week.

Princess Maha Chakri opened a Thai-Japanese exhibition in Ayutthaya
National News Bureau of Thailand, 11 February 2015

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn yesterday (Feb 10) proceeded to the Japanese Village in the central district of Ayutthaya, where she presided over the opening of a building designed for permanent exhibition of Yamada Nagamasa Ok Ya Sena Phimuk & Thao Thong Kip Ma (ออกญาเสนาภิมุข and ท้าวทองกีบม้า), two famous Japanese people living in the Ayutthaya period.

The development of the building was supported by the Thai-Japanese Association and private Japanese businesseses in Thailand, meant to celebrate the auspicious occasion of the 60th birthday anniversary of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on April 2, this year. The building is also meant to commemorate the long-standing relationship of more than 600 years between Thailand and Japan.

The Japanese Village has been established through the cooperation of Thai and Japanese academics and the provincial administration of Ayutthaya, to honor His Majesty the King on the occasion of his 60th anniversary in 1987 and to mark the 100th anniversary of the Thai-Japanese diplomatic relations.

Full story here.

A little more about the Spirit of Majapahit

Here’s another news piece on the Spirit of Majapahit, in English, which set off from Jakarta last week and is making its way to Japan.

Ship representing ancient Java kingdom to sail to 8 countries
05 July 2010, Zee News
Continue reading “A little more about the Spirit of Majapahit”