For the first time, Tokyo TV to air Saudi anime ‘Woodcutter’s Treasure’

Screenshot from Saudi Arabian anime, “The Woodcutter’s Treasure.” (Screengrab)
Updated 20 May 2018

For the first time, Tokyo TV to air Saudi anime ‘Woodcutter’s Treasure’

TOKYO: TV Tokyo will broadcast on Sunday the first episode of Saudi Arabian anime, “The Woodcutter’s Treasure.”
The animated co-production is the first of its kind between Japan’s Toei Animation and Saudi Arabia’s Manga Productions, an affiliated company of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s MiSK Foundation.
The cartoon will run for 13 episodes, each 20-minute-long episode is based on Saudi Arabian folklore and aimed at children and families. The cartoon will be in both Arabic and Japanese.
The Saudi Press Agency said the cartoon will be aired during primetime hours.
A senior producer at TV Tokyo was quoted as saying: “We are delighted that the first episode of The Woodcutter’s Treasure will be shown for the first time on Japanese television, even prior to airing it in the Arab world.
“It's story is of global nature and reminds us of the fascinating ancient stories from Japanese history.”

Revealing the secrets of an ancient Assyrian ruler

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Revealing the secrets of an ancient Assyrian ruler

  • Exhibition on King Ashurbanipal reveals treasures from the 7th-century kingdom that stretched across northern Iraq and eastern Mediterranean.

LONDON: Priceless treasures from the archaeological archives of ancient Assyria are to go on display at the British Museum for the first major exhibition on the empire’s last great ruler, King Ashurbanipal.

Described as the most powerful person on earth during his reign in the 7th-century BC, Ashurbanipal ruled with an iron fist from his seat in Nineveh, now northern Iraq.

He presided over a vast kingdom that stretched from the shores of the eastern Mediterranean to the summits of western Iraq.

A map showing the extent of the Assyrian Empire (in pink). (Courtesy Paul Goodhead)

During his reign he amassed the largest library in existence, showcasing his scholarship and harnessing the power of learning to build his status as “King of the World, King of Assyria.”

Hundreds of these texts survive, telling the story of life at Ashurbanipal’s famously extravagant court in ancient cuneiform script, hammered out on clay tablets.

These are among the 200 objects on display at the museum, which has brought together pieces from across the world, from the History Museum of Armenia, Yerevan to the Musée du Louvre in Paris to supplement its existing collection of artefacts from the glory days of ancient Assyria.

Many have been brought over from the archaeological sites in Iraq, including Nineveh and Nimrud, cities recently ransacked by Daesh in its attempt to wipe out pre-Islamic history and destroy the region’s ancient wonders.

Gareth Brereton, exhibition curator, said: “As present-day Iraq looks to recover the history of damaged sites at Nineveh and Nimrud, this exhibition allows us to appreciate and relive the great achievements of an ancient world and celebrate its legacy.”

This exhibition, with its magnificent stone sculptures, delicately carved reliefs, lavish gold ornaments and elaborate weaponry, captures the scale and splendor of the era before Ashurbanipal’s empire fell to the Babylonians and recalls a time when the influence of Assyrian monarchs reached across the world.

“This exhibition will bring visitors face to face with a king whose reign shaped the history of the ancient world,” Hartwig Fischer, director of the British Museum, said.

The exhibition “I am Ashurbanipal: King of the World, King of Assyria,” will open in November