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Kobe: Japan's Window on the World (3/26-9/18) in Philadelphia

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Kobe : Japan \’s Window on the World

Celebration of the 25 th Anniversary of Friendship City between Kobe and Philadelphia

DATES: March 26, 2011 – September 2011 (Sept. 18, 2011)

PLACE: Philadelphia Museum of Art

Japanese galleries 241, 242 and 243

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2011 marks the 25 th anniversary of the “Friendship Cities Relationship” between Kobe and Philadelphia . In honor of this important relationship, art works related to Kobe dating from the Muromachi through Meiji periods will be exhibited in the Japanese galleries. The exhibition will focus on Kobe \’s history as one of the oldest and most important seaports in Japan , and its role in nurturing cross-cultural influences in Japanese art.

In Medieval times, Kobe was the main port for China trade, importing Chinese ceramics and paintings. During the Edo period, Kobe became the key port for domestic shipping under direct Tokugawa governmental control and also served as a base for Korean diplomatic missions. After Commodore Perry\’s arrival in 1953, Kobe became known worldwide as a modern and international city.

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