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Natsume Soseki, one of Japan’s great Meiji Era (1868-1912) writers, is best known for the novels “Kokoro,” “Botchan,” ” I Am a Cat” and his unfinished work “Light and Darkness.” He was also a fan of, and particularly knowledgeable about, Japanese and British art, often referring to famous painters in his literary works.

This exhibition focuses on the art world of Soseki, who collected more than 200 works by 80 artists, including those by nihonga (Japanese-style) painters Jakuchu, Watanabe Kazan and Yokoyama Taikan, Western-style painters Aoki Shigeru and Seiki Kuroda and British artists J.W.M. Turner and John Everett Millais; May 14-July 7.

The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts; (03) 5777-8600; 12-8 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo; Ueno Station, JR Yamanote Line. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥1,500. Closed Mon. www.geidai.ac.jp/museum

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