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First lady departs for Tokyo and NPM exhibit
Central News Agency
2014-07-31 09:49 PM
Taipei, July 31 (CNA) First lady Chow Mei-ching left for Japan Thursday to attend an Aug. 4 preview of new exhibits from Taiwan's National Palace Museum (NPM) at the Tokyo National Museum. Invited by the Japan Choral Association (JCA), Chow will be going to Japan as the honorary leader of the Vox Nativa children's choir, which departed earlier that day for the country. Chow will visit the Tokyo museum to see its collections of Japanese art and three precious Chinese paintings from the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Guests at the press-only event will be able to see a second batch of rare Chinese paintings and calligraphies from the NPM that will be put on display at the Tokyo museum from Aug. 5 to Sept. 15. Vox Nativa, a Taiwanese non-profit, said in a press release that its children's choir, made up of aboriginal children from across the island, will give a performance during the preview. The group will also give a full concert at Shinjuku Culture Center Aug. 1 and at Sowa Women's University Aug. 3, the last day of an international children's choral festival. Chow was scheduled to visit Tokyo on June 22 to attend the grand opening ceremony before the exhibition of ancient Chinese treasures officially began the following day. But her trip was postponed after a naming row erupted over Japanese posters promoting the show that omitted the word "National" from the museum's name, which Taiwan perceived as a slight to its sovereignty. Authorities at the Tokyo National Museum resolved the problem in time for the "Treasured Masterpieces from the National Palace Museum, Taipei" exhibition to open as scheduled on June 24, but the solution came too late for Chow to appear at the show's Tokyo opening. (By Wang Chin-yi and Evelyn Kao)
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