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"Great Romance of the Three Kingdoms" Exhibition Opens at Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

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Visitors of the "Great Romance of the Three Kingdoms" exhibition

On May 2, 2008, the "Great Romance of the Three Kingdoms" exhibition opened at the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM) in Hachioji, Tokyo. The show commemorates the 25th anniversary of the museum's founding and celebrates the 30th anniversary of the conclusion of the Japan-China Peace and Amity Treaty (1978). Over 200 items are displayed. Thirty-four Chinese cultural institutions have loaned some 150 artifacts, 53 of which are designated as Class A Heritage/Cultural Properties of China. Japanese museums have also loaned some 60 items. This event provides a comprehensive view of the Chinese historical novel The Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

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Fencai (Mix glazed) Porcelain Panel with Story of "Swearing Brotherhood in Peach Garden" [Sichuan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, China]

Some 450 guests attended the official opening on May 2 at TFAM that also celebrated the museum's new main wing. TFAM Honorary Director Minoru Harada spoke on behalf of the museum and Dong Baohua, deputy director of State Administration of Cultural Heritage, China, made a congratulatory speech. Mr. Dong expressed his appreciation for the dedicated efforts of those who prepared the event and hoped that many Japanese will be fascinated by the displays introducing the politics, military, culture, arts, economics, trade and religion of the Three Kingdoms Period in China (220-280). China's former Culture Minister Liu Zhongde and Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cui Tiankai both sent congratulatory messages.

The exhibition was first proposed by TFAM founder Daisaku Ikeda and former Chinese Ambassador Wang Yi when they met in Tokyo in 2006. The two were convinced that the event would further develop friendship between China and Japan. For two years, cultural institutions of both countries have cooperated to put the show together. Comprised of two parts, the exhibition first introduces literary works and paintings from the Ming and Qing Dynasties of China that depict the novel's characters and famous scenes, such as the "Peach Garden Oath" and "The Three Visits to Zhuge Liang." The second part displays excavated items found at ancient battle fields and historic sites, such as swords, arrow tips, accessories and burial items dating back 1800 years.

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Silver-Thread Jade Suit with Jade Pillow excavated from the tomb of Cao Cao's family [Bozhou Municipal Administration of Cultural Relics, China]

[The exhibition runs through July 13, 2008 and is closed on Mondays. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; until 7 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission fees: adults--1,200 yen; college and senior high school students--800 yen; junior high and elementary school students--400 yen.]

[Adapted from an article in the May 3, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Japan]c