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This year celebrates the 60th anniversary since Tokyo’s Kabuki-za, Japan’s principal kabuki theater, was rebuilt after being severely damaged during World War II. The theater is now going through a 21st-century architectural makeover and set to reopen in 2013.

As kabuki fans patiently wait, Tokyo’s Yamatane Museum offers a special exhibition of kabuki-related artworks from the Kabuki-za’s collection, which was founded in 1889. Pieces include nihonga (Japanese-style) and yōga (Western-style) works, and other artifacts, such as a letter of admiration from U.S. General McArthur, who was pivotal in the building of postwar Japan.

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