Princess on hand to open top Japanese art exhibition
Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado of Japan was on hand to open a special collection of world-famous scrolls in Dublin yesterday, but only after she cast her eye on them first.
The princess, who holds degrees from Cambridge and a PhD in Arts from Osaka University, examined the treasures with Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald in Chester Beatty Library yesterday.
She said she was thrilled to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Japan by launching the 'Preserved in Partnership: Treasures of Japanese Art' exhibition.
However, what seemed to please her most was the glorious weather that greeted her outside Dublin Castle yesterday morning.
"The 60th birthday is called the Kanreki in Japanese. For us it marks a time of great celebration because it marks the completion of the zodiac cycle.
"I would like to thank the Government and the people of Ireland for their warm welcome and for having produced this amazing weather.
"You offer a window through which visitors, not only Irish people, may see different cultures and ways forward."
The conserved works featured in the exhibition are all examples of Japan's rich tradition of pictorial storytelling.
The scrolls feature intricate paintings, poems and beautifully executed calligraphy.