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Special exhibition on history of Chinese calligraphy coming to Tokyo museum

The Draft of a Requiem to My Nephew, by Yan Zhenqing, Tang dynasty, dated 758 (Courtesy of the Palace Museum, Taipei)

TOKYO -- A special exhibition titled "Unrivaled Calligraphy: Yan Zhenqing and His Legacy" will be held from Jan. 16 through Feb. 24 at the Tokyo National Museum in Ueno Park in the capital's Taito Ward.

The exhibition is organized by the Mainichi Newspapers Co. and other organizations, and aims to show the distinctive quality of works by Yan Zhenqing (709-785), while looking at the long history of Chinese calligraphy.

A total of 177 calligraphy works created from before Christ to the 20th century are scheduled to be on display and include Japanese national treasures. Important cultural properties were also collected for the exhibition from various museums mainly in Japan. Several significant works are from the Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong in China.

The exhibition is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays) and is closed on Mondays, except Feb. 11 which is a national holiday. The display will also be closed on Feb. 12. The entrance fee is 1,600 yen for adults, 1,200 yen for university students, 900 yen for high school students and free for those of junior high school age or younger.

For more information, check the Tokyo National Museum website page in English.

(Japanese original by Masatoshi Kiriyama, Cultural News Department)

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