Tuesday, 11 May 2021 – The situation of the national cultural facilities in Tokyo

Good evening from Tokyo under the third time state of emergency.
Day 17.

This is a follow-up to what I wrote here yesterday about the national cultural facilities in Tokyo.

The museums and art museums managed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will continue to close. Meanwhile, the national museums and art museums in Tokyo were on schedule to reopen on 12 May. However, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government requested the Agency for Cultural Affairs to keep them closed. In this morning’s news, the Agency’s staff said that there was no scientific evidence to reason with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s request, and why the National Theatre (国立劇場) and the New National Theatre (新国立劇場) were allowed to reopen but the national museums and art museums were not, and that there was no rationale for this.

But in the afternoon, things changed. The Government decided to keep closing 5 national cultural facilities in Tokyo also after 12 May. The request of the Tokyo Governor won over the Government. The fans of cultural treasures and artworks all over Japan are very angry. I feel it is a very unfortunate situation. But in the face of such a serious spreding of infections, it is understandable. So, Japan was a steady state of confusion today too, as usual.

Today’s photos are lavender flowers. They are blooming in a small park near my house. I love these colours. I can keep looking at these refreshing and comfortable colours forever.
Have a good dream. Good night.

Wear a mask and wash your hands.
Stay safe and healthy 😊😷🖖🖖🖖🖖🖖
11 May 2021 #tokyo #japan