S Taiwan museum to host wedding party for model and Japanese pop star

Lin Chi-ling and Akira addressed fears over damage to historical building

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The scene of Sunday's Lin-Akira wedding party at the Tainan Art Museum.

The scene of Sunday's Lin-Akira wedding party at the Tainan Art Museum. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The high-profile wedding party for local supermodel Lin Chi-ling (林志玲) and Japanese pop star Akira will take place between two buildings of the Tainan Art Museum in order to protect the historical monument, reports said Saturday (Nov. 16).

Plans for Sunday’s event had raised fears of damage to the museum’s Building 1, originally Taiwan’s oldest police station, which was opened by the Japanese colonial authorities in 1931.

Due to the concerns, the party has been moved to an open space between the old structure and Building 2, a modern addition designed by Shi Zhao Yong and renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, CNA reported. The space is dominated by a towering banyan tree.

The couple will walk over a red carpet into Building 1 but immediately head for the open space, which has been rented out from 5:30 p.m. until midnight on Sunday (Nov. 17) at a cost of NT$170,000 (US$5,500), according to CNA. Between 12 and 15 tables will be set up to accommodate the party.

Traffic restrictions will be in place outside as the museum expects the event will attract large numbers of both media and members of the public. Officials have expressed the hope that the news about the wedding will lead to increased interest in the museum.

Lin, 44, and Akira, 38, a former member of the pop group Exile whose real name is Ryohei Kurosawa, were officially married in June.