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Pottery Reveals China and Japan's Shared Heritage
    2007-03-28 13:46:07     CRIENGLISH.com

Anchor: Beijing is hosting a number of events to mark the 35th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties between China and Japan.

One exhibition shows off more than 24 ceramic works by one of Japan's most celebrated artists, Kyosuke Hayashi. They're modeled on a special kind of ancient Chinese pottery.

CRI's Li Zhan has the details.

Reporter:

Japanese artist Kyosuke Hayashi is showing his pottery at the National Art Museum of China this month.

Kyosuke Hayashi stands beside his best work, a close replica of a "Yao Bian Tian Mu bowl on display at Beijing's National Art Museum of China, March 24, 2007. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com]

Before he decided to work on Chinese pottery, Hayashi has been engaged in Japanese ceramic "Huang Lai Hu" (in Japanese "")a kind of Japanese pottery in grey glaze produced in Lai Hu Kiln in Japan for years.

But then some fragments of a "Tian Mu" bowl were found near Kyosuke Hayashi's workplace, diverting the artists' attention to ancient Chinese ceramic art.

He started trying to produce "Yao Bian Tian Mu" (in Japanese "׉Ŀ"), a precious kind of Chinese pottery that dates back to the Song Dynasty from 960 to 1279 AD. This style of pottery boasts aesthetically rich and innovative designs.

The name "Yao Bian Tian Mu" comes from the beauty of the pottery and the place where the Japanese first obtain it . "Yao Bian" refers to the brilliant blue radiance on black glaze, and "Tian Mu" refers to Tian Mu Mountain in the Zhejiang province of China.

Kyosuke Hayashi explains why it came to Japan:

"700 or 800 years ago, some Japanese monks traveled overseas to learn Buddhist scriptures at Tian Mu Mountain. They brought the pottery back home with them."

This slide shows the similarity between Kyosuke Hayashi's work (right) and the pottery from the Song Dynasty (left).[Photo: CRIENGLISH.com]

These beautiful clay works are regarded as a national treasure in Japan, but the highly sophisticated method required to make them has been lost in China.

Now Kyosuke Hayash tries to recreate the pottery of the past, mimicking the shape, style and glazes of the ancient work. He hopes its popularity will grow. He also wants more academic and interpersonal exchanges to develop this art will take place between Japan and China.

"I am greatly honored to hold such an exhibition, so lots of Chinese people will begin to realize the beauty and value of this precious heritage."

His exhibit has caused quite a stir amongst academia and the public.

Zhou Lian, the mastermind behind the exhibit, says:

"The number of visitors is quite large. Lots of respected experts have visited the exhibition and praised the work. The artist has also donated two bowls each to the Palace Museum and the National Art Museum of China."

Zhou Lian also says this kind of event should be held this year because it shows how intercultural communication between China and Japan is on the rise.

Li Zhan, CRI News.

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