Tibetan treasure exhibition opens in Japan

People's Daily, April 13, 2009

Fukuoka, Japan -- An exhibition entitled "Tibet Treasures from the Roof of the World" introducing the Tibetan culture of China opened on April 11 in Kyushu National Museum in Dazaifu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.

The exhibition features 123 Buddhist statues and tools from the collections of institutions such as Potala Palace and the Tibet Museum.

Among the displays, 36 are national grade-one cultural relics representing Tibetan cultural styles. Spanning more than a thousand years from the ancient Tubo Kingdom in the seventh century A.D. to modern times, it is an epitome of the production, life, culture and art of the Tibetans.

The standing statute of the Kalachakra dus khor Parents Buddha, with four heads, 24 arms and bodies, is honored as the premier masterpiece of Tibetan Esoteric Buddhism.

The exhibition is divided into subjects including the establishment of Tibetan Esoteric Buddhism artwork and Tibetan folk customs. There is also a special corner where visitors can turn prayer wheels.

The exhibition, which will last until June 14, will also tour cities including Sapporo, Tokyo, Osaka and Sendai.