N.Y. Met Museum to Start "Tale of Genji" Exhibition Tues.

Society Culture

New York, March 4 (Jiji Press)--New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art will start from Tuesday an exhibition focusing on the artistic tradition inspired by "The Tale of Genji," a Japanese classic novel.

More than 120 art pieces owned in Japan and the United States, such as paintings and calligraphy, will be displayed in the exhibition, set to run until June 16.

They include items designated as Japanese national treasures and important cultural assets that will be exhibited outside the Asian country for the first time.

This will be the most comprehensive art exhibition on the Tale of Genji outside Japan, according to the museum.

The exhibition will show how the 11th-century story of courtly love affairs written by noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu proved meaningful not only for men and women of the aristocracy but also for Buddhism adherents and then Japanese leaders.

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