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Conversation salon and Bhutanese cooking class in Fukui City on Sunday, March 17th, 2019



Mr. Ugyen Dorji and his family member, his wife, son and sister, and staff from Bhutan museum Fukui

Mr. Ugyen Dorji and his family member (his wife, son and sister) and

staff from Bhutan museum Fukui.


Mr. Ugyen Dorji is studying at University of Fukui as a teacher trainee

from Bhutan since September of 2017, and his family arrived in Japan

in the end of March of 2018 as well. And they are going back to Bhutan

at the end of March this year (2019).


The poster of the talk event of Bhutan Museum Fukui on March 17th

Mr. Ugyen Dorji has been invited to a Bhutan museum Fukui's event

on Sunday, March 17th, 2019 as a guest speaker.


It's an event in which Mr. Ugyen Dorji and the participants of the event

will be discussing about the high school life in Bhutan. He studies Japanese,

so he can communicate with the ones who don't speak English as well.

Anyone is welcome to this event.


The poster of Bhutanese cooking workshop on March 17th

On the same day, there will be a cooking class held at Gas Cooking Studio

near Bhutan museum Fukui. A Bhutanese woman will be teaching the participants

how to cook Bhutanese foods. Most of the Bhutanese foods are very spicy,

so it's highly recommended to the ones who love spicy foods.

If you don't want your food to be too spicy, you can make it less spicy.

*This is no longer available due to the enough number of applicants.


I didn't know so much about Bhutan until a few years ago. Since I've met

Mr. Ugyen Dorji, his family and some others from Bhutan, I learned about

the country and the people. I learned that there's no ocean, Bhutanese people

love spicy foods so much that they even bring their own spices

when they come to Japan, they're very religious, they're kind and polite, etc.


The event on March 17th will be a great opportunity to learn about Bhutan,

so if you are in Fukui City, how about participating in the conversation salon?


*The cooking event is no longer available due to the enough number of applicants.



The only Bhutan Museum in Japan, "Bhutan Museum Fukui"



As I introduced in our previous blog that "Bhutan Museum Fukui" had its 6th anniversary,

and they had the meeting commemorating the anniversary of the museum.

I saw the speeches given by two guests. It was very interesting to know so much

about Bhutan and how museums should be these days. I felt that it is important to keep

our traditional things and combine it with the modern world.


Today, I would like to introduce the Bhutan Museum Fukui.

Bhutan Museum Fukui's entrance

This is the only Bhutan Museum in Japan.

All the Bhutanese people who had visited the museum were surprised and grateful to see it.


Open: Tue.-Sun. 11a.m.-5p.m.

Closed: Mon. *Except for Japan's National Holidays on Monday,

in which case the museum is open on the holiday and closed the following Tuesday instead.

Admission Fee: 300 yen for adults (19 and over), free for students (18 and under).



map of Bhutan

Bhutan is near India and it is a small country that is surrounded by mountains.

The surface area of Kyushu in Japan is roughly the same as Bhutan.

The population of Bhutan is 730,000 and Fukui has 780,000.

As you can imagine that Bhutan is not as busy as big cities like

Tokyo, London, New York City, etc.


Since there's no ocean in Bhutan, the people who have visited Fukui and saw the ocean

were very excited to see it.



things from Bhutan are exhibited

It is a small museum, but it has many interesting things from Bhutan.

The signboards that explain about the exhibits are placed right next to those exhibits.

You don't only enjoy watching them, you can also learn so much about Bhutan.

Moreover, some music or films of Bhutan are played there, so you may feel

as if you are in Bhutan.



the chair of the king of Bhutan

You can sit on the chair of the king.

People from Bhutan were very surprised to see this, and they couldn't sit on it.

Some of them told me that they can't even see king's eyes because

they respect him that much.



costumes and masks for a Bhutanese festival

There are colorful costumes and masks with unique facial expressions.

People wear them for a special festival.



Bhutanese dresses are exhibited

The traditional Bhutanese clothing is colorful and beautiful.



a high school girl from America and two Japanese elementary school boys wore the Bhutanese clothing
the two Japanese elementary school boys are happy to wear the Bhutanese clothing

You can try wearing the traditional clothing and take photographs.

Staff at the museum take them with your cell phones and/or cameras for you.

Some people who tried this, they said that these Bhutanese clothing was iinstagrammable.



textbooks and documents from Bhutan

There are many documents, books, DVDs, and photographs of Bhutan.



shopping area where people can buy clothing, bags, wallet and many other things from Bhutan
man and woman's clothing are sold at the shopping area

You can enjoy shopping at the museum as well. There are several products from Bhutan.

They are very colorful, and they were made of strong materials.

They might be good for not only for daily use, but perfect for gifts as well.



wallet from Bhutan

I use a wallet from Bhutan which looks very similar to these. It is very pretty and handy,

so it became one of my favorite things in my bag.



At the museum, you can enjoy not only watching the exhibits, buying things from Bhutan

and learning about the county, but you can also enjoy the events that they sometime have.


The next event will be held on November 18th, 2018 from 13:30 to 15:00

on the second floor of the building that Bhutan Museum Fukui is located.

The event is a chatting about the happiness of Bhutanese people with Mr. Ugyen Dorji and other visitors. Mr. Ugyen Dorji is from Bhutan and he's studying as a teacher trainee

at University of Fukui since around October of 2017.


If you have a chance to visit Fukui, how about stopping by "Bhutan Museum Fukui

which is the only Bhutan museum in Japan. I'm sure you can have a good time there.




This is the video that introduces Bhutan Museum Fukui. Enjoy!

The 6th anniversary of the founding of Bhutan Museum Fukui



a brochure of the lecture meeting commemorating the 6th anniversary of Bhutan Museum Fukui
a brochure of the lecture meeting commemorating the 6th anniversary of Bhutan Museum Fukui

On November 11th, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.,

the lecture meeting commemorating the 6th anniversary of Bhutan Museum Fukui

on the subject of "What can we learn from Bhutan" will be held.

Two guest speakers are invited to talk about the role of the Bhutan Museum Fukui,

and building nation and community in Bhutan.

Let's see what we can learn from their speeches.



introduction of Bhutan Museum
introduction of Bhutan Museum

At the museum, there are traditional costumes, musical instruments and

festival items from Bhutan. There are also boards with explanations for each item,

so visitors can learn so much about Bhutan.


Visitors can try wearing the traditional Bhutanese costumes

watching the photographs of successive kings, local people and

views of Bhutan on the wall.

It will surely let the visitors feel as if they are in Bhutan.


Bhutan Museum Fukui is located a 10 minutes walk from JR Fukui Station.

Come and enjoy learning about Bhutan!