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Some art collectors enjoy the eclectic, picking up art pieces opportunistically — even randomly — usually when they find something at the right price. Others have more streamlined tastes and focus on a theme or genre, building up more consistent collections.

The result of both types can either be good or bad, but there is definitely something a little classier about collections that have a unified feel — something more like a symphony than a playful cacophony. The collection of ukiyo-e or floating world art on display at The Ueno Royal Museum is a case in point, having a harmonious focus on mid-sized bijinga, that is, paintings of beautiful ladies.

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