The Yomiuri ShimbunCrown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako on Wednesday visited the special exhibition of artwork connected to the Imperial family, currently on view at the Tokyo National Museum in Taito Ward, Tokyo.
The couple studiously examined works such as a folding screen presented at the Daijosai (Grand Thanksgiving Festival after the Enthronement) for the Heisei era and artworks exhibited when the Emperor and Empress visited foreign countries at the exhibition “The 30th Anniversary of the Enthronement / Cultural Exchanges of the Emperor and Empress: Sharing the Beauty of Japan.”
“This is what’s called artisanship,” the crown prince said upon seeing the Vases with Design of Phoenixes Bowing to the Sun by Shomin Unno, the representative master metal carver of the Meiji era (1868-1912).
The special exhibition is the first event featured as part of the Tsumugu Project: Promoting, Restoring and Preserving the Beauty of Japan’s Art, which is jointly organized by the Cultural Affairs Agency, the Imperial Household Agency and The Yomiuri Shimbun. The current exhibition, which runs through Monday, has attracted more than 100,000 visitors through Wednesday.Speech