In October last year, when Japan House London began taking panoramic photographs of “Anno’s Journey: The World of Anno Mitsumasa,” its gallery exhibition of the award-winning picture-book illustrator Mitsumasa Anno, little did it know that its plan to turn those images into the institute’s first virtual tour would become so relevant just six months later.

“The tour was created when the exhibition was in situ at Japan House London, but we were waiting for the right moment to launch it on our website,” says Simon Wright, the U.K.-Japan cultural hub’s director of programming. Now, with the institute temporarily closed in the midst of the nation’s COVID-19 lockdown, he says that “it seems like the most appropriate time to welcome visitors ‘virtually’ to our space.”

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