The Exhibition of Morihiro Hosokawa's Calligraphy is opened

On 14 November, the Exhibition of Morihiro Hosokawa's Calligraphy was opened in NO. 8 Exhibition Hall of the National Museum of Classic Books. Luo Shugang, Minister of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, attended the activity and declared the exhibition open. Morihiro Hosokawa, Former Japanese Prime Minister and Director of the Eisei-Bunko Museum, Atsushi Ueno, Interim Japanese Acting Ambassador to China, Cheng Yonghua, Former Chinese Ambassador to Japan, Xie Jinying, Director of International Exchange and Cooperation Bureau, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Rao Quan, Director of the National Library of China (NLC), Han Yongjin, President of the NLC Council, Zhang Xilong, Second-class Inspector of International Exchange and Cooperation Bureau, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, principals and experts from Chinese Calligraphers Association, and media representatives attended the opening ceremony, which was hosted by Chen Ying, the NLC Deputy Director.

In his speech, Luo Shugang said that Sino-Japanese relations were undergoing important and positive changes. Cultural exchanges and integration between China and Japan were based on their profound historical and cultural origins. It was an important foundation for us to consolidate the friendship between the two countries to have cultural exchanges and mutual learning between different civilizations and to continue to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in the field of humanities. Chinese characters and their writing style had a profound influence on Japanese culture in history. Until now, calligraphy still played an important role in the cultural exchange between China and Japan. The Exhibition of Morihiro Hosokawa's Calligraphy demonstrated the cultural and artistic exchanges and mutual learning between China and Japan, as well as their profound cultural origins. We were very happy to take this opportunity to further promote cultural exchanges between China and Japan.

In his speech, Rao Quan said, Mr. Hosokawa donated 36 titles of 4175 rare Chinese books collected by the Eisei-Bunko Museum to the NLC in 2018, which had made a profound contribution to the history of Sino-Japanese friendship and was a spiritual treasure worth preserving forever by the people of both countries. This year marked the 110th anniversary of the founding of the NLC. The NLC held the Exhibition on the Protection and Inheritance of Chinese Traditional Cultural Classics, and the representative Chinese books donated by the Eisei-Bunko Museum were also presented. In the following two years, the NLC would hold the Exhibition of Morihiro Hosokawa's Art Creation and the Exhibition of the Eisei-Bunko Museum's Collections successively, which would further strengthen cultural exchanges and enhance Sino-Japanese friendship.

In his speech, Morihiro Hosokawa said it was his great honor to hold a personal calligraphy exhibition in the NLC, and he also showed thanks to the NLC for its careful planning and arrangements. The Hosokawa family had been deeply in love with Chinese culture and art for several generations. Influenced by the family atmosphere, he had studied Chinese traditional culture since childhood, including calligraphy, painting, poetry, pottery and so on. He would create more and better art works, and hoped that he could make contributions to enhancing the friendship between China and Japan through cultural and artistic exchanges.

This exhibition used popular language and various exhibition forms to transmit the calligraphy art and cultural genes of China and Japan to the audience. The exhibition displayed 46 items of Morihiro Hosokawa's calligraphy works, which depicted a colorful picture of Chinese and Japanese cultural exchange to the audience, showing the unique and harmonious Chinese and Japanese calligraphy art and culture. Mr. Hosokawa's calligraphy was harmonious and natural, and with rich themes, including poetry of Jin and Tang Dynasties, the Buddhist Zen language, and so on, which reflected his profound Sinology connotation, the elegance of the literati, and the interweaving and integration of Chinese and Japanese culture. The poems, the Buddhist Zen language and allusions were not only the precious spiritual wealth left by our predecessors, but also the friendship bridge and important carriers of cultural exchange between China and Japan.

On 26 June 2018, the NLC successfully held the Exhibition of Chinese Books donated by the Eisei-Bunko Museum. In the form of physical exhibits, the exhibition showed the book road of China and Japan for thousands of years, and achieved good social response. The NLC had set up these 36 titles of 4,175 rare Chinese books as special collections, kept them in rare books stack with constant temperature and humidity for safekeeping, and provided services for readers with originals. In addition, 4 titles of Chinese books, including Shang Shu Zheng Yi (transliteration), Shi Ba Shi Lve (transliteration), Qun Shu Zhi Yao (transliteration), Yu Zhi Yuan Ming Yuan Shi (transliteration), had been photocopied and published. Up to present, the NLC had completed the scanning of 3,657 volumes of Chinese books, totaling 320,000 shots, and would publish in Chinese Ancient Books Resources Database successively, which would provide services for global users free of charge.

The exhibition would run until 15 December.

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