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  In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan the latest exhibition Terracotta Warriors and Ancient China Legacy of the Qin and Han Dynasty was recently opened at the Royal Ueno Museum in Tokyo stage of his almost year long traveling exhibition in Japan I think the Terracotta Warriors should also be called ambassadors because they like giant pandas can make people feel the charm of China wherever they go said Japanese historian and Gakushuin University Honorary Professor Kazuyuki Tsuruma Tsuruma is a history professor specializing in the study of ancient Chinese history He said that another important reason why Japanese youth like to watch Terracotta Warriors and Horses and learn about the history of the Qin and Han dynasties is that Japanese youth have some ability to read Chinese In 1974 after the discovery of the Terracotta Army it caused a worldwide sensation In 1976 the first overseas exhibition of the Terracotta Warriors was held in Japan Tang Qishan curator of the current exhibition and executive director of the Japan China Cultural Association said At that time about 1 5 million people were lining up to visit the Tokyo National Museum The popularity was no less than that of the giant pandas that were coming to Japan Tang said he hopes Japanese people can learn about the splendid culture of China s Qin and Han dynasties through the exhibition and also review the history of cultural exchanges between China and Japan in 1976 Previous exhibitions in Kyoto Shizuoka and Nagoya have been very successful with 240 000 visitors Tang said adding that what makes us even happier is that there are so many young people in the audience We are very happy with the enthusiasm shown by young Japanese for Chinese Qin culture With a total of 121 sets of cultural relics from cultural institutions and museums in China s Shaanxi and Hunan provinces the large scale exhibition is divided into three parts of Qin on the Eve of Reunification The Birth of the Unified Dynasty and prosperity of the Han Dynasty Terracotta warriors and horses stone artifacts bronze items and other exhibits span from the Western Zhou Dynasty to the Eastern Han Dynasty Guo Xiangdong deputy director of the Emperor Qinshihuang Mausoleum Site Museum said You can get a 360 degree close view of the details of the exhibited Terracotta Warriors and Horses and tell the species and rank of the warriors by his armor and headdress In the exhibition hall one of the exhibits the bronze horse and chariot No 2 is surrounded by a circle of manga works It s a very popular Japanese manga series titled Kingdom whose background is set in the Qin and Han dynasties You can see the bronze chariots and horses illustrated in the manga Guo explained This way of displaying comics and real cultural relics at the same time in the same space is also an important reason why it attracts so many young people Guo added Tsuruma said that during his more than 40 years of teaching at the university many students came to him to learn about ancient Chinese history where he would help young Japanese improve their Chinese reading ability through historical documents such as Shiji or the Records of the Grand Historian and combine historical documents with archaeological objects at the same time to enhance students interest in learning This exhibition is an excellent opportunity for more Japanese youth to learn about ancient Chinese history and culture through living cultural relics Tsuruma said Cultural relics exhibitions are the best medium for people to people cultural exchanges and I hope the Terracotta ambassadors can play a better role in promoting exchanges and friendship between the two peoples Tsuruma said Xinhua
Terracotta Warriors exhibition highlights cultural link between China and Japan

Terracotta Warriors and Ancient China

– In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan, the latest exhibition “Terracotta Warriors and Ancient China: Legacy of the Qin and Han Dynasty” was recently opened at the Royal Ueno Museum in Tokyo. stage of his almost year-long traveling exhibition in Japan.

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“I think the Terracotta Warriors should also be called ambassadors, because they, like giant pandas, can make people feel the charm of China wherever they go,” said Japanese historian and Gakushuin University Honorary Professor Kazuyuki Tsuruma. .

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Tsuruma is a history professor specializing in the study of ancient Chinese history. He said that another important reason why Japanese youth like to watch Terracotta Warriors and Horses and learn about the history of the Qin and Han dynasties is that Japanese youth have some ability to read Chinese.

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In 1974, after the discovery of the Terracotta Army, it caused a worldwide sensation. In 1976, the first overseas exhibition of the Terracotta Warriors was held in Japan.

Tang Qishan, curator of the current exhibition and executive director of the Japan-China Cultural Association, said, “At that time, about 1.5 million people were lining up to visit the Tokyo National Museum. The popularity was no less than that of the giant pandas that were coming”. to Japan.”

Tang said he hopes Japanese people can learn about the splendid culture of China’s Qin and Han dynasties through the exhibition, and also review the history of cultural exchanges between China and Japan in 1976.

Previous exhibitions in Kyoto, Shizuoka and Nagoya have been very successful with 240,000 visitors, Tang said, adding that “what makes us even happier is that there are so many young people in the audience. We are very happy with the enthusiasm shown by young Japanese for Chinese Qin culture”.

With a total of 121 sets of cultural relics from cultural institutions and museums in China’s Shaanxi and Hunan provinces, the large-scale exhibition is divided into three parts of “Qin on the Eve of Reunification, The Birth of the Unified Dynasty, and prosperity”. of the Han Dynasty”. Terracotta warriors and horses, stone artifacts, bronze items and other exhibits span from the Western Zhou Dynasty to the Eastern Han Dynasty.

Guo Xiangdong, deputy director of the Emperor Qinshihuang Mausoleum Site Museum, said, “You can get a 360-degree close view of the details of the exhibited Terracotta Warriors and Horses, and tell the species and rank of the warriors by his armor and headdress.

In the exhibition hall, one of the exhibits, the bronze horse and chariot No. 2, is surrounded by a circle of manga works. “It’s a very popular Japanese manga series titled Kingdom, whose background is set in the Qin and Han dynasties. You can see the bronze chariots and horses illustrated in the manga,” Guo explained.

“This way of displaying comics and real cultural relics at the same time in the same space is also an important reason why it attracts so many young people,” Guo added.

Tsuruma said that during his more than 40 years of teaching at the university, many students came to him to learn about ancient Chinese history, where he would help young Japanese improve their Chinese reading ability through historical documents such as Shiji, or the Records of the Grand Historian, and combine historical documents with archaeological objects at the same time to enhance students’ interest in learning.

This exhibition is an excellent opportunity for more Japanese youth to learn about ancient Chinese history and culture through living cultural relics, Tsuruma said.

“Cultural relics exhibitions are the best medium for people-to-people cultural exchanges, and I hope the Terracotta ambassadors can play a better role in promoting exchanges and friendship between the two peoples,” Tsuruma said. ■

(Xinhua)

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