The back story to Taiwan's treasures

Art Aug 7, 2014

The back story to Taiwan's treasures

by C.B. Liddell

The artworks and objects on display at the Tokyo National Museum's latest show, "Treasured Masterpieces from the National Palace Museum, Taipei," have had something of checkered history. A large part of this was due to the efforts of the Japanese Imperial Army to get ...

Editorials Aug 4, 2014

The fruit of good Japan-Taiwan ties

The exhibition of treasures from Taipei's National Palace Museum at the Tokyo National Museum through Sept. 15 is the first exhibition of its kind in an Asian country outside Taiwan. That's why it is attracting big crowds of Japanese.

Museums to display Taiwan's treasures

National Jun 17, 2014

Museums to display Taiwan's treasures

by Ko Shu-Ling

Japan will host two exhibits of more than 200 artifacts from Taiwan's National Palace Museum, regarded by many as having the foremost collection of Chinese antiquities in the world. The exhibits, which will run from June until November, will be the first of their kind ...

Hasekura Tsunenaga's portrait has a tale to tell

Art Mar 12, 2014

Hasekura Tsunenaga's portrait has a tale to tell

by Rhiannon Paget

History is littered with grand projects and dashed expectations that are no less intriguing than its moments of triumph and heroism. A large portrait in oils of a splendidly attired, mid-ranking samurai posing regally in a Roman palace in the early 1600s bears witness ...

Exploring Japan's ancient capital inside and out

Art Oct 16, 2013

Exploring Japan's ancient capital inside and out

by Rhiannon Paget

Beneath Kyoto, the destination par excellence of tourists, aesthetes, and historians, are the scars and ashes of a much older capital of Japan. Founded in 794 as the seat of imperial authority, after a devastating civil war from 1467 to 1477, the city was ...