Before World Cup events kicked off in Japan, there were distressing media reports of how hotels planned to refuse service to foreigners; and of stadium-area restaurants and bars intending to close their doors on game days, from fear of furigan (hooligans).

It was good to hear, then, that one institution — on the enlightened contemporary art beat, to be sure — not only didn’t bar its doors to foreigners, but threw them wide open to them. The National Museum of Modern Art, down by the Imperial Palace in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward, is giving holders of foreign passports free admission to their current group exhibition, “Photography Today 2 [sait] site/sight.” The offer extends to the end of the World Cup and is open to anyone who can produce a valid foreign passport, including long-time foreign residents.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.