As I said in the last post, I was waiting for a long time to tell 5 fun stories during the blog renovation. Finally, this is one of them. Happy to start it!Tokyo is one of the most crowded cities in the world.
I remember I had a short speech that I titled “How Crowded Tokyo Is” in an English class. My Italian, German, Brazilian friends and Aussie teacher enjoyed it very much.Today, I want to share a Super Crazy story of my friend.
|Tokyo National Museum in Ueno, Tokyo, Japan|
It is a collection of treasures from National Palace Museum (台北國立故宮博物院) of Taiwan/Taipei (台湾) from 24 June until 15 September, 2014.
Jadeite Cabbage (翠玉白菜) was the most important treasure of them and also a feature of the exhibition.
This photo is her souvenir file of it.
Beautiful, isn’t is?
|A souvenir file of Jadeite Cabbage|
Amazingly, this 19 cm cabbage and a grasshopper on its green leaf are made of one single piece of jadeite. No cement. No coloring. Great craftspeople!
(For Details, go to National Palace Museum Official Website: http://www.npm.gov.tw/)
My friend wanted to see it, so she visited the museum. Then, what do you think happened to her?
She arrived at the museum at 9:00, half an hour before its opening.
She bought a ticket and entered the garden in front of the museum buildings. Then, a museum attendant told new comers that Jadeite Cabbage and other treasures were on display separately, giving them a leaflet. So she followed the line for Cabbage.
It is not rare that there is a line for a temporary exhibition at Tokyo National Museum. You can see a line on the photo above as well. (Not for its permanent exhibition. No line for permanent exhibition every day, every time. Don’t worry when you visit the museum!) So she didn’t mind waiting in the line at first.
However, when the museum opened at 9:30 and the line for Cabbage started to proceed, she realized that the line was quite long, longer than she had expected.
When it was near 10:00, she and other visitors in the line began to feel something was strange.
Then, an old man asked a museum attendant dealing with the line,
“How many minutes will we wait?”
The attendant answered,
“From here, around 100 minutes.”
And the attendant added,
“People coming at this moment will wait 240 minutes.”
Can you believe that!? They must be the BRAVE!
My friend got stunned. But she said she couldn’t leave the line because she had bought the ticket, and if she had left, her tiring one hour in the line would have been totally in vain. I guess other people thought the same thing.
This is “The Road to Cabbage”. My friend and all the other Cabbage visitors got this leaflet. The red line is her writing (You’ll feel how annoyed she was!) and the blue caption is mine for convenience.
She also said,
“This was apparently the worst day of all my experiences at any museums in my life.”
Then, where is Cabbage now? Some curious people possibly want to see the line, more than Jadeite Cabbage….
Actually, Jadeite Cabbage has gone back home.
It is so precious a treasure that it was in Tokyo only for a week. It departed Tokyo on 7 July, the day of Tanabata, Japanese Star Festival. (The other treasures stay until 15 September, 2014.)
Generally, National Palace Museum of Taiwan does not permit any museum to borrow those treasures, but Japanese museum people were so enthusiastic that Taiwanese people decided to allow them go to Japan.
Personally, it is good to keep a treasure safe at home if it is so precious for the museum.
This blog has been welcoming many Taiwanese readers, especially to Tokyo Sakura Information.
When I have a chance to go to Taiwan, I will definitely visit National Palace Museum and see Jadeite Cabbage. Hopefully without any long line.
I created the New Label Crowded Tokyo for a fresh restart.
Thanks for reading & Tokyo Direct Diary hopes to see more of you!
- Tokyo National Museum Official Website: http://www.tnm.jp/?lang=en
- National Palace Museum Official Website: http://www.npm.gov.tw/
- Ueno Sightseeing Guide of Tokyo Direct Guide: http://tokyo-direct-guide.com/mustsees/useno.html
- A Post of This Blog – The Best Things at Tokyo National Museum in Ueno: full of old & important arts! : http://tokyo-direct-guide.com/blog/2014/05/the-best-things-in-tokyo-national-museum.ueno.arts/
- Japan Meteorological Agency Official Website with Heatstroke Risk Information: http://www.jma.go.jp/jma/indexe/