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In a city that rightly boasts of its numerous monuments to its glorious and illustrious past, the Kaleidoscope Museum of Kyoto provides a counterpoint to the ancient capital’s architectural and religious treasures.

The museum, located on a quiet street in the city’s Nakagyo Ward, boasts a fascinating array of these instruments of light and color. And unlike other museums where you can only gawk at the exhibits, here, you are encouraged to peer into the instruments and enjoy the patterns the kaleidoscopes create.

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