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July 3-Sept. 2

Japan’s era of hunter-gatherers, the Jomon period, is dated from 10,000-200 B.C. Today, the tools and everyday objects made by the Jomon people are viewed as powerfully symbolic and important historical items.

The Tokyo National Museum has brought together early to late Jomon works from different regions of Japan for a comprehensive exhibition covering the entire period. Focusing on the beauty of such objects, which include pottery vessels, utensils and dogū figurines, the works on display illustrate the techniques used to create them and the development of motifs and design.

Highlights include six National Treasures that are being displayed to the public for the first time.

Tokyo National Museum; 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo. Ueno Stn. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (Fri., Sat. till 9 p.m., Sun. till 6 p.m.) ¥1,600. Closed Mon. 03-5777-8600; jomon-kodo.jp

PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)