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L ike a tsunami moving through deep water, the boom in Japan’s contemporary art world has been approaching, little detected, for several years. Now, as it readies to peak in a proliferation of events next week — many of them brand new — we can see for the first time just how big it was, and who was behind it.

If you include all the peripherals, close to 30 events will flood Tokyo around the weekend of April 5-6. To keep track of them all, it’s best to keep two things in mind: two — as in the number — and money — as in the stuff that makes the world go round.

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