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TOKYO

“The Best of the Yamatane Collection “

YAMATANE MUSEUM OF ART

by Henry Wong

Staff Writer

The Yamatane Museum of Art is celebrating its 45th anniversary with an exhibition showcasing the best works from its vast collection.

Founded in 1966 as Japan’s first museum specializing in nihonga (Japanese-style painting), the museum is known for exhibiting not only famous paintings that have been designated as “Important Cultural Properties,” but also outstanding works from less-well-known artists.

This exhibition focuses on prewar to postwar paintings that exemplify the use of traditional Japanese techniques and materials for which nihonga is best-known. Materials used include different types of paints, silk, washi (Japanese paper) and gold-leaf; till Feb. 5.

Yamatane Museum of Art; (03) 5777-8600; 3-12-36 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; 10-min walk from West Exit of JR Ebisu Station or from Exit 2 of Ebisu Station, Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥1,200. Closed Mon. www.yamatane-museum.jp.