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An exhibition of 71 photographs by foreign diplomats in Japan opened Thursday at the Printemps Department Store in Ginza, Tokyo, for a 10-day run through Oct. 16.

The exhibition, “My Favorite Spot in Japan — Through Diplomats’ Eyes,” is the second in a series, following one last October.

This year’s photos, selected from among more than 500 entries, are the works of 43 diplomats from 33 countries, including Pierre Gramegna, the ambassador of Luxembourg and chairman of the exhibitions’s Executive Committee, and 12 other ambassadors.

Gramegna, who proposed and organized the exhibitions with the help of G.I.P. Tokyo, which produced them, said: “Since the initial steps of the first exhibition, I was surprised by the strong interest of the media and the general public. Japan, an island nation, seems most curious to find out how it is perceived through diplomats’ eyes.

“The success of the first exhibition was the stimulus for staging a second. This year’s theme has inspired many colleagues and produced very interesting snapshots. Selecting 71 from the more than 500 submissions was not easy.

“The participating diplomats have blended two features to breathe strong life into their photos,” he said. “As professional, and sometimes indiscreet, observers with the privilege of staying many years in their posts, they claim to understand at least partially this complex country. Meanwhile, their own cultural perspectives highlight the originality and beauty of Japan. Their photographic interpretations, therefore, stir a feeling of freshness, not deja vu.

“The diversity of the photos will probably surprise many visitors. Some diplomats have chosen an intimate approach, with very precise spots illustrating a cemetery, temple or playground. Others interpreted the theme much more broadly, sending in photos featuring whole cities or prefectures. Some have even pushed it to the limit by presenting photos of all their favorite spots scattered throughout Japan.

“But whatever the angle, the quality of their work is often quite impressive, and I should like to congratulate all the participants for their contribution,” he said.

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