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The term “gaijin artist” can be something of an insult to those who make Japan their home. It is, after all, parochial and old-fashioned to differentiate artists strictly on the basis of what passport they carry.

But with three Western-born artists — all of whom have been living and working in Tokyo for extended periods of time — currently exhibiting in Tokyo, now is an opportunity to explore the phenomenon of gaijin (foreigner) artists in this city.

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