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As a simple matter of economic convenience, some of the best art collections in the world started out going against established taste. By avoiding what was already highly valued — and therefore expensive — collectors could build up impressive collections that could then help to dictate future tastes.

You would expect this rule of collecting to be true for modern art, but the same also holds true for traditional Japanese art, which, despite its vintage, still continues to see trends and fashions.

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