Some paintings will always be identified with the place where you first saw them. You may even feel surprised to see them somewhere else. This is how I felt when I visited the Mori Arts Center Gallery, one of Tokyo's high-rise art venues, to see "Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde."

The paintings are from Tate Britain, a beautiful neoclassical edifice situated next to the Thames River in London, with, if I recall rightly, slightly creaky polished floorboards.

It was there that I saw most of the works in this exhibition many times over. For me, these paintings are almost part of that venerable building. Delighted as I was to see them again, I couldn't help feeling they had somehow been "uprooted" from their home. But this just emphasizes what a good show this is.