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The election to Japan’s upper house on Sunday has acquired added significance because the result would be critical to the ruli
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arrows with thatched boats, depicting ancient Chinese military commanders’ wisdom.
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On one side of the exhibition wall, a large snake spear model, measuring more than 3 meters in length, is mounted. Accor
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Adding a little local flavor, the exhibition also displays the original manuscript of the Three Kingdoms m
上海419论坛anga comic by Japanese cartoonist Mitsuteru Yokoyama, a drawing for die-hard fans of the cartoon art form.
Dressed in a T-shirt embroidered with a map of the Three Kingdoms, Torahiko Hara, a fan
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ama’s cartoons, adding that, since visiting it, he now understands more about the ancient history behind them.
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bits on display in Japan for the first time, says Zeniya Masami, executive director of the museum.
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France, July 16 — Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen was elected to b
上海夜生活e the next president of the European Commission on Tuesday with a slim majority.
She made history as the first female chief executive of the Europe
an Union. The slim majority also helped avert a political crisis for the world’s largest trading bloc.上海夜生活女神会所
The European Parliament currently comprises 747 lawmakers, so the thr
eshold needed to be elected was 374 votes, more than half of its component members.
上海夜生活Of the 733 votes casted by members of the European Parliament on Tuesday evening, she won 383 votes, only 9 votes more t
han the necessary 374-vote majority. Had her nomination – without objection from any of the 28 EU member stat
e governments – been shot down, Brussels would be deep in uncharted political waters.上海夜生活
“In the past, 7-Eleven was mostly used by male customers to buy beverages and fast foo
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ers during the upcoming Rugby World Cup and the Olympics,” the chain said.
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or less than 1 percent of total sales at the roughly 20,000 7-Eleven stores across Japan, a spokesperson said.
上海夜生活According to Lawson, the company had already stopped selling such magazines at outlets in Okin
awa in November 2017 and has now decided to expand the ban to about 14,000 of its stores nationwide.
FamilyMart reported that 2,000 of its 16,000 franchises had already stopped selling adult magazines.上海夜生活女神会所
“It is a good thing to keep up with international standards f
or the Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” said Kobayashi, who refused to give his full name. “But someh上海夜生活
ow I feel sad when I realize that there is almost no place to buy these magazines after the change.”
The Hot and Spicy Festival, an annual two-day gourmet event hosted by the Beijin
ger, will offer delicious spicy foods from around the world in Beijing from April 20-21.上海会所
The event at Galaxy Soho in downtown will have a series of enterta
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Visitors will find spicy food from China, Mexico, the
US, the Philippines, Peru, Morocco, India, etc., offered by more than 40 vendors.
It’s the time of year when diverse cultures from around the world meet in Beijing.上海会所
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urmet, the 2019 Meet in Beijing Arts Festival will have more than 50 cultural activities on offer.上海会所品茶微信
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il 25 to May 25. They will grace major theaters and art centers in the capital, such as the National Center for the Pe
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The Guan Hanqing Grand Theater recently opened on the bank of the East Lake in Baoding, Hebei province. With an aerial view
that resembles a conch shell, the theater is now bringing harmonious melodies to the local residents.上海会所
For its opening performance on March 16, the theater staged The Red Lantern (Ho
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The Red Lantern is among one of the eight representative yangbanxi, a series of revolution-themed
上海会所modern Peking Opera and ballet works produced during the “cultural revolution” (1966-76).
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story of how the Communist Party members risked their lives to transfer coded me
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According to Jiang Qihu, an actor from the National Peking Opera Company, The Red La
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Wei, also a member of the Academic Committee of the International Mo
上海龙凤419netary Institute of Renmin University of China, said that he also appreciates Lagarde’s ef
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Edward Tse, founder and CEO of management consultancy Gao Feng Advisory, said that Lagarde’s comp
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imes are more important than technical skills. And, in the ECB, there are already many economists to assist her.
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The European Union on Wednesday lowered its forecasts for economic growth next year fo
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k economic growth yet, which is different from the situation in China and t
he US, where innovation acts as the main driver for economic development,” he said.
Chinese still cannot step out of the shadow that Chinese culture
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us to speak out and tell Chinese stories both past and present to the whole world,” she said.
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d. Chinese kung fu shares more of a reputation abroad than other Chinese cultural elements, like Beijing Opera, pap
er-cutting, painting, etc,” said Liu Biqi, a contestant who is a member of the Mongolian ethnic group.上海夜生活
Others, however, apparently have different views. Liu is one of them. “If we want to build cultural confidence, and want
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might reflect her own experience of pervasive prejudice and hope to change the status quo. But on the whole, most stu
dents showed great interest in and confidence over the future of traditional Chinese culture.上海夜生活
The students’ enthusiasm deeply impressed Professor Guo, the judge of the contest. “The contest this year shows a big d
ifference from previous ones. The contestants now are more interested in world affairs and the role China should pla
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Professor He, director of the College of Liberal Arts & Law, said that the competition was not just a test of stu上海夜生活
dents’ English capability, but also an expression of students’ patriotism and global horizon. Keeping track of both wo
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era of globalization are priorities in higher education, especially for liberal arts students.The contestants’ passion for
traditional Chinese culture is the epitome of all college students’ reflection on Chinese culture in China. They grew up
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ke over their causes and reshape this great country based on their perspectives and val
ues, and their speeches can be regarded as their declaration of building a better China in the future.
perspective to paint a picture of the waters, mountain ranges, folk customs and rituals in
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Elements of folk music used in the concerto include traditional M
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ibetan “Bon’e ri” music form, used in rituals, that is mimicked by the trombone and English horn.
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onal Chinese instruments. “It is an important way for me to showcase the cultural spirit of China,” he says.
Shui Lan, a conductor who has played Zhou’s compositions several times, praises Zhou’s work as being colorful and full of imagination.
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o help them understand Zhou’s music, and they immediately get it,” he says.
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e and precise,” he adds. “Zhou Long worked very closely together with us. He would sit at di
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during the 1980s when he collected many folk songs from remote areas each summer.
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sterners expect Chinese composers to express their own culture through music,” Zhou says.上海品茶微信女神会所
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Tang Xiaofan contributed to the story.
The event encompasses an impressive compendium of modern art上海品茶微信女神会所
work, a result of one couple’s lifelong passion for the genre, Zhang Kun reports in Shanghai.
The Long Museum in Shanghai is currently presenting a showcase of modern Chine
se art in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
The mysteries of the ocean are explored in the multimedia art show O
cean by Naked, which is ongoing at the Shanghai World Financial Center in Shanghai.
The show is an immersive experience that allows visitors to
feel like they are rising from 6,500 meters under the sea to 423 meters in the sky.