An exhibition showing in Shinjuku, Tokyo, focuses on the culture of Ancient Persia (present-day Iran). Starting with Persia’s ancient civilization, from around 6,000 B.C., through the Achaemenian and Sassanian dynasties to the Islamic period.

There are 118 pieces including ornaments, idols, weapons, ceramics, bronzeware and glassware. There is also an exhibition of photographs of World Heritage sites in Iran. The exhibition reveals how Middle Eastern countries interacted through the fusion and expansion of cultures and civilization in Western Asia.

Artifacts from as far back as the 2nd century from Persia were brought to ancient Japan via the Silk Road and China.

The Ancient Persia Exhibition — Dynastic Culture is open 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. (to 3 p.m. on the last day) through Dec. 26 at the World Heritage Gallery inside the World Heritage Plaza on the 15th floor of the Shinjuku Island Wing (6-3-1 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku), a one-minute walk from Nishi Shinjuku Station on the Marunouchi subway line.

Admission is 500 yen for adults, 300 yen for university and senior high school students and free for middle school students and younger children. For more information, call (03) 4335-1510.

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