Tokyo displays Taipei treasures

Tokyo displays Taipei treasures
"Jadeite Cabbage," on display abroad for the first time.

A special exhibition featuring a collection of Chinese emperors' treasures from Taipei's Palace Museum began at the Tokyo National Museum in Ueno, Tokyo, on Tuesday.

The first exhibition in Asia showcasing artworks from the Taipei museum admitted as many as 1,500 visitors in the morning after opening at 9:15 a.m., 15 minutes earlier than usual.

Most of the visitors walked straight to a special room that houses the "Jadeite Cabbage"-a renowned treasure on display overseas for the first time for two weeks to July 7.

"I had been looking forward to the opening of the exhibition because my daughter, who went to the Palace Museum last year, told me how nice [the treasures] were at the museum," said Michiko Hirayama, a 77-year-old homemaker from Toshima Ward, Tokyo, who arrived in front of the museum at 5:50 a.m., becoming the first visitor to the exhibition. "I felt the mysteriousness of the Jadeite Cabbage."

About 60 high school students from Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, which were hit hard by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, came to see the exhibition, invited by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan.

A total of 186 treasures-including pieces shown in rotation-such as pottery mainly from the Yuan and Song dynasties, will be on display.

The exhibition in Tokyo will run through Sept. 15.

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