The Jakarta Post
Like this: Kendo instructor Yoshinobu Kubo from Japan teaches Indonesian students during a practice session at a dojo in Jakarta. (JP/Takehiro Masutomo)Economic connections are often considered the foundation of Indonesia-Japan ties but the journeys of citizens from both countries demonstrate that cultural exchanges have the potential to bring the countries even closer together.
At a gym in a 4-star hotel, Neglasari Martini, a Jakartan, vigorously practices kendo, a Japanese traditional martial art, with her friends under the tutelage of a Japanese sensei (teacher).
Reflecting the notion that kendo is a way of life, not just simply a way of building stamina, Martini sits in a seiza posture and seeks technical advice after the training session is complete.
With the typical exposure to Japanese anime and drama, she used to be just like many other Indonesian universit...