The Yomiuri Shimbun Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended a special exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Emperor’s enthronement on March 31.
At the exhibition, titled “The 30th Anniversary of the Enthronement / Cultural Exchanges of the Emperor and Empress: Sharing the Beauty of Japan,” Abe observed such displays as “Poetry and Genre Scenes from Yuki Province,” a screen created by Kaii Higashiyama that was used in the Daijosai (Grand Thanksgiving Festival) ceremony for the Heisei era.
Other objects on display include the Embroidered Furisode with Auspicious Design on Red Chirimen-crepe Ground, which was presented to the Emperor as a celebratory gift when he was an infant.
After the visit, Abe told reporters, “I understood again the beauty and depth of Japan’s arts and culture.”
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 exhibition runs through April 29 at the museum, which is located in Tokyo’s Ueno district.