In my eyes, the museum is like a history book, although broken, but unforgettable. Looking at the legacy of the vicissitudes in the window, I seem to be through time and space, from modern China back to ancient China. But I never imagined that when I stood in the Japanese museum, looking at the ancient Chinese bronzes, I turned from admiration to a sigh.
The nara national museum, located in Japan, is one of the four most important museums in Japan. During my trip here in October, I happened to see a particularly important and precious cultural relic on display in the nakakura courtyard.
There are many Japanese national treasures on display in the museum. In addition to Japanese art and crafts, there are also a large number of cultural relics from the tang dynasty of China.
But what attracted me was another pavilion, the only one of bronze that could be photographed: artifacts from China. During a visit to the park, it is surrounded by a large number of Japanese, who see artifacts from China’s tang dynasty as if they were their own heritage.
The exhibition of ancient Chinese bronzes, however, is rarely visited, and the fine objects displayed in the Windows, like children away from home, are donated here by Japanese collectors.
Bronze vessels from the Yin and shang dynasties to the han dynasty are mainly composed of more than 380 bronze vessels and Musical Instruments. These bronzes are donated by the famous Japanese collector sakamoto goro, these are the best part of his collection of bronzes.
For example, in the late shang and early zhou dynasties, the phoenix grain, the immortal grain beans in the late spring and autumn period, the gobbling cauldron in the late shang and early zhou dynasties, the gobbling cauldron in the warring states period, the gobbling cauldron in the Yin and shang dynasties, and so on.
In the eyes of the Japanese, sakamoto is one of the most important bronze collectors, and in the eyes of the europeans, he is known as “little napoleon”. I don’t know how ancient Chinese bronzes were collected by him. History is silent, cultural relics do not speak, the figure in the window is amazing.
There is also a mirror under some of the cultural relics, so that visitors can clearly see the corner of the cultural relics on the mirror, there are vicissitudes of life, there are simple, artisan art, there are dynasty changes, but the exquisite but let me feel infinite melancholy.
How many Chinese treasures have been lost overseas, how many cultural heritages have been collected by others, although the history has been unable to change, but vividly remembered the river, has been a profound record of the whole process. In the face of thousands of years ago in the ancient Yin and zhou dynasties of jinggong and solemn, we can only come to the overseas, standing on the land of others, to appreciate our precious and beautiful cultural relics.
The bronze hall wasn’t big, but I was still fascinated by the pieces, and in spatial terms, it would have taken 10 minutes, but I stayed for more than two hours. Just because you see your own culture in a foreign country, it’s like suddenly meeting someone you haven’t seen in years on the street. Although you can’t talk to each other and share each other’s wonderful moments, silence is better than all sounds at this moment.
The mark of history on them is a certain kind of information, and whether I can communicate with them well depends on whether I can read the information. I was particularly excited when I saw some ancient characters on some bronzes, though I could hardly read them.
It’s just that, much to my sorrow, I was ashamed of the behavior of a Chinese guy during the visit. Although photos are allowed, it is common sense not to use flashlights.
The young man may be trying to make the cultural relics more thorough, but the flash light at this time seems to be not only a kind of harm and disrespect to the cultural relics, but also a scolding and criticism of relatives.
More than the shame, I felt that there was no light on my face. There are few visitors, but most of them are Japanese. Their quiet visits and quiet discussions make them look tall compared with the Chinese with their flashing lights.
I hate to use the word “tall” to describe the Japanese, but the contrast reveals some of our ugliness. And this part is ugly, and it humiliates me, because too many foreigners generalize the behavior of a small group of Chinese into the image of the entire Chinese people. I’m very not polite to the guy said: “do not open the flash, these are their own home things.”
Say that finish, the mood is extremely mixed. Their own things have now become the apple of someone else’s eye, although history is not deceiving, but they are ultimately not home. Maybe one day they will come back, but when and how, I don’t know, maybe I won’t be there.
A fan once asked me on weibo, “you often go to Japan and share Japanese scenery. Is it because you like Japan so much?” My answer is just one sentence: what I like is not Japan, but Japan has our cultural heritage.
I hope that every Chinese can maintain respect and awe when they have the opportunity to see their own cultural heritage abroad (including the cultural heritage of any country or region). This is not only to highlight the culture of a Chinese since ancient times, but also to protect the Chinese civilization.