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‘This is the maximum number of people that should ever come in here,” says Kengo Kuma, glancing toward a small group of people murmuring quietly in front of a nearby Buddha statue. “It’s much nicer when it’s empty.”

The presence of people may have been a blot on the landscape for one of Japan’s most celebrated — and perfectionist — architects as he unveiled the gleaming new Nezu Museum in the Aoyama district of Tokyo this week.

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