Exhibitions Autumn 2020

Exhibitions Autumn 2020

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Due to the restrictions imposed by the covid19 pandemic, exhibitions have been postponed or cancelled. Visit the Museum websites for more information. 

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Louisiana Museum of Art, Humlebaek
Tetsumi Kudo. Cultivation
>until 1 October 2021

Tetsumi Kudo was a formative part of the dynamic Japanese avant-garde scene and “anti-art” currents in Tokyo at the end of the 1950s. In 1962 he settled in Paris, where he had his base for more than 20 years. Kudo’s interest in the ‘natural’ metamorphoses and transformations amidst which we constantly find ourselves is not only about changing relations between nature and mankind; it also has a political angle to do with power and value hierarchies between East and West. Read more

Museet Holmen, Løgumkloster
Troens Rejse (The Journey of Faith)
>until 15 November 2020

Prints by the Japanese artist Watanabe Sadao (1913-1996) are combined with reliefs by the Danish sculptor Laila Westergaard (b.1964). Watanabe visualizes in his prints how he perceives the action of God in human life. He expresses that art should be for the people and therefore he also chose to convey the Christian faith through the traditional Japanese folk art (mingei). He depicts Christ in a kimono, sitting at the communion table, where the fish is served as sushi. In this way, Watanabe speaks to the people through a pictorial language they can understand and relate to. In the same way, the Danish sculptor Laila Westergaard conveys the notion of faith, or at least hope, through her reliefs. Read more


Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris, Paris
Secrets de Beauté
>until 6 February 2021

Cette exposition inédite, réunissant près de 150 estampes* et 60 objets (miroirs, peignes, épingles à cheveux, perruques…), est une plongée dans l’intimité et les rituels de beauté des femmes de l’époque Edo (1603-1868). Elle permet de découvrir à travers quatre sections thématiques l’évolution du maquillage et de la coiffure qui répondait au respect de règles sociales strictes et à la recherche de l’élégance. Read more

Museé Cernuschi, Paris
Voyage sur la route du Kisokaidō. De Hiroshige à Kuniyoshi
>until 17 January 2021

L’exposition permettra de parcourir en images l’une des routes les plus spectaculaires du Japon : le Kisokaidō, qui était une des cinq voies du réseau routier créé au Japon durant l’époque Tokugawa (1603-1868). Elle reliait Edo (actuelle Tōkyō), où le shogun avait sa résidence, à Kyōto, siège de l’empereur. Contrairement à la route du Tōkaidō, qui rejoignait l’ancienne capitale en cinquante-trois relais le long de la côte, le Kisokaidō, jalonné de soixante-neuf étapes, traversait l’intérieur montagneux. Il suivait un itinéraire plus long, parfois plus pittoresque et ardu en raison de la présence de neuf cols escarpés. Read more

Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet, Paris
Mingei Bamboo Prize

21 October 2020-1 March 2021

Galerie Mingei in Paris is holding its first Mingei Bamboo Prize competition. Eleven works have been selected and will be exhibited at the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet. Galerie Mingei has been championing the Japanese wickerwork and bamboo arts for ten years, and has established itself as the first and virtually only European gallery with this area of speciality. Promoting the continued and enduring recognition of this art and encouraging contemporary creation are Galerie Mingei’s main objectives as it sets out to award an annual prize. Read more

&co119 gallery, Paris
The Art of Japanese Tattoo
>until 23 January 2021

This exhibition presents the works of five artists from diverse backgrounds Achim Duchow, Irina Ionesco, Chloé Jafé, Akimitsu Takagi, Hitomi Watanabe. Through the prism of their different cultures, each artist presents a unique view on Japanese tattoos. Irezumi, widely admired in the Western world and the object of numerous fantaisies, is to this day, still very much taboo and even often rejected. Skins marked with ink patterns are indeed generally associated with the the Japanese Mafia (Yakuza), and not considered as pieces of art. Read more


Museum für Lackkunst, Münster
Breaking out of Tradition. Japanese Lacquer 1890-1950
>postponed to spring 2021

This exhibition traces the developments in lacquer art in the first half of the 20th century in Japan. The lacquer artists of that time adopted a critical and creative approach to the centuries-old traditions, experimenting with innovative techniques and new materials, thereby also providing new stimuli for Western art. Read more


Museum of Palazzo Poggi, Bologna
La Tradizione Rinnovata. Arte Giapponese dell’era Meiji (1868-1912)
4 December 2020 - 6 June 2021

L'era Meiji (1868-1912) è uno dei periodi più movimentati e spettacolari della storia giapponese. In quei 44 anni infatti il Giappone fu protagonista di una trasformazione radicale dei suoi assetti politici, amministrativi, economici e culturali che ha pochi confronti nella storia mondiale e raggiunse in tempi brevissimi il livello economico dei maggiori paesi industrializzati dell’Occidente. Read more

The Netherlands

Japanmuseum Sieboldhuis, Leiden
Ogata Gekkō en zijn tijdgenoten
29 January-25 April 2021

Japanmuseum SieboldHuis heeft een primeur met ‘Ogata Gekkō en zijn tijdgenoten’. Het is voor het eerst buiten Japan dat de veelzijdige kunstenaar Ogata Gekkō (1859-1920) zijn verdiende podium krijgt. Particuliere bruiklenen (waaronder een grote collectie uit Tasmanië!) met prenten, boeken, albums en kostbare schilderingen hebben deze tentoonstelling mogelijk gemaakt. In tegenstelling tot de traditionele prentkunst ligt Gekkō’s stijl dichtbij de schilderkunst, mede door zijn zeer subtiele kleurovergangen. Hij heeft een uitzonderlijke technische vaardigheid en een omvangrijk oeuvre. Dat bevat onder meer landschappen, mooie vrouwen, theater en oorlogsprenten van de eerste Chinees-Japanse oorlog (1894-1895). Read more

De Ketelfactory, Schiedam
Dragon of the white. Guus Rijven

>until 20 December 2020

When does fact turn to fiction, past to present, imagination to concrete matter? It is the thread through the panoramic oeuvre of photographer Guus Rijven (The Hague, 1947). Over the past years, Rijven has been travelling to Nagasaki, Japan, for a major research project. There, at times as a strolling street photographer, at other times as a conceptual artist, he explored the ties between the modern city and the artifical isle of Deshima, which, for centuries, served as the only gap through which knowledge and riches could flow from hermetically sealed feudal Japan. A solo exhibition by a photographer with a sharp eye for the moment and for detail, who does not shy away from the mystery of what was, is and shall become. Read more


Manggha Centre, Krakow
Araki / Tsujimura. On the Verge of Shadow
>until 25 October 2020

It would be difficult to find other two artists as individualistic and controversial while at once so deeply Japanese in their work. With his loud, monumental projects Nobuyoshi Araki has set trends and pushed back boundaries in world photography. Shiro Tsujimura, perceived as a rebel and revolutionary in ceramic art circles, has forced his way centre stage on the contemporary art scene. In addition to their titanic productivity and uncompromising work ‘on their own terms’, they share a clearly defined selection of ethical and aesthetic models drawn from the Zen tradition. This only apparently contrasting juxtaposition of two of Japan’s most outstanding artists is at the heart of the exhibition to be shown between 21 March and 28 June 2020 at the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Kraków. Read more


Museo delle Culture, Lugano
Kakemono. Five Centuries of Japanese Painting

>until 21 February 2021

Spanning Japanese painting from the 16th to the 19th centuries, this exhibition presents a selection of kakemonos from the Perino collection in Italy. The kakemono (literally 'hanging thing') is a Japanese painting or calligraphy, on silk, cotton or paper, contained as a scroll and intended to be hung on the wall. Unlike a hemakimono - a roll that is opened horizontally on a surface - the kakemono opens vertically and is designed as an indoor wall decoration. Read more

United Kingdom

Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk
>until 25 October 2020

This exhibition will present the kimono as a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion, revealing the sartorial, aesthetic and social significance of the garment from the 1660s to the present day, both in Japan and the rest of the world. Read more


Kyushu National Museum, Dazaifu
Meibutsugire, exhibition of textiles album, used in tea ceremonies or scroll mountings
1 December 2020 - 24 January 2021

These textiles, known as meibutsugire, had been imported from China and the rest of Asia before the sixteenth century, and were subsequently used in tea ceremonies, or as scroll mountings for calligraphy and paintings. The proliferation of tea ceremonies eventually sparked a culture of collecting especially well-made textiles among tea practitioners, who assembled them in albums to be admired, or to be reused at a later time. This exhibition entails one such album of textiles collected by the Maeda clan, who governed Kaga Province in the Edo period. Read more

Nakasendo Hiroshige Museum of Art, Ena
Hiroshige II – Inherited Hiroshige-ism
10 December 2020 - 17 January 2021

After Hiroshige’s death pupils took his name ‘Utagawa Hiroshige’. Among them was Shigenobu Hiroshige II, who depicted the most faithful to the original designs. Read more 

National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Can architecture be Art?
from 6 January 2021

Bunriha, the first architectural movement in Japan, made a striking impact in the Taisho era. Now 100 years later the exhibition includes related artworks, with drawings, models, photographs and videos. New light is shed on the role which the group of young architects played in the history of contemporary Japanese architecture. Read more

Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto
Treasures from the Imperial Palace
>until 23 November 2020

Special exhibition at the occasion of the Emperor’s enthronement, in two parts. Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, is where the emperor resided for approximately 1100 years, from the Heian period (794-1185) until the Meiji Restauration 0f 1868. The Kyoto Imperial Palace was not only home to the sovereign, but also a place that created, propagated and nurtured Japanese customs while incorporating new cultural objects and trends from abroad. 
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Shimane Art Museum, Matsue
The 67th Japan Traditional Kôgei exhibition
22 January 2021 22 March 2021


An exhibition of stringently selected pieces from seven fields of traditional Japanese crafts: ceramics, textiles, urushi work, metalwork, wood/bamboo work, dolls, and various works. Featuring the products of living national treasures, prize-winning pieces, and works by local artists living in the San-in Region, this exhibition features approximately 300 pieces by artisans who pursue the highest level of artistic skill and creativity. Read more

Idemitsu Museum of Art, Moji
Matsuo Bashō and the Art of the Genroku Era
>until 25 October 2020

Matsuo Bashō (1644-1694) is a haiku poet active in the first half of the Edo period, born in Ueno, Iga province. Through travels to the areas traced in Oku no Hosomichi (Narrow Road to the Deep North) and other later trips in life, Bashō searched for a high literary quality in haiku. This exhibition will display calligraphy and paintings by Bashō, together with artworks by those who admired him, showing the representative arts and crafts of the Genroku era. Read more

The Kanô school and the Momoyama Esthetic
30 October - 13 December 2020

The painter Kanô Masanobu was the official painter appointed by the shogun in the Muromachi period. He had many followers and the school dominated the Japanese painting world for over 400 years. Extravagant and at the same time elegant it continues to attract people, even today. The show features vigorous paintings and arts and crafts from the same Momoyama period. Read more


Edo–Tokyo Museum, Tokyo
Splendors of Great Tokyo: ‘Modern’ Culture that embellished the city
>until 23 November 2020

This exhibition presents how Tokyo, which continues to evolve with the times, appeared in the Museum’s collection of prints, postcards, and photographs from the Meiji, Taisho and Showa eras. The waves of this new era brought about huge changes in the attire and lifestyles of the people of Tokyo. Read more


Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo
Extreme Beauty of Jakuchū and Edo Paintings
>until 20 December 2020

About eighty masterpieces from the newly acquired Price Collection are exhibited. The epoch-making Chōjū Kaboku Zu Byōbu (Mosaic Screens of Birds, Animals and Flowering Plants) by Itō Jakuchū is shown, as well as the masterpieces of hand-painted ukiyo-e and genre paintings that show detailed depiction and rich expression. Read more

Japan Folk Crafts Museum, Tokyo
The beauty of Ainu handiwork
>until 23 November 2020

Soetsu Yanagi focused on the powerful beauty of Ainu people's creation from early, and held 'Ainu Crafts and Culture Exhibition' in 1941, which was the first Ainu crafts exhibition in an art museum. Keisuke Serizawa (1895-1984), world-famous dyer, was in charge of installation at the exhibition, and he also highly appreciated the beauty of Ainu handicrafts. In this occasion, the collection of the Museum as well as that of Serizawa will be on display, and introduce a vigorous imagination and profound creativity of Ainu people.
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National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Kitawaki Noboru: To See the Universe in a Seed
>until 25 October 2020

The avant-garde painter Kitawaki Noboru (1901-1951) was active in Kyoto in the 1930s and 1940s. Thus far, his work has generally been discussed in terms of Surrealist influence. This exhibition aims to examine what Kitawaki was actually seeking to accomplish in referencing the ideas and techniques of Surrealism: to decode the invisible laws behind the world around us, and visually reveal a model of his worldview. Read more

Nezu Museum, Tokyo
National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties in the Nezu Collection
14 November - 20 December 2020

At the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Nezu museum a choice from the most important artefacts will be on display. Read more


Seikadō Bunko Art Museum, Tokyo
The elegance of Noh world
>until 6 December 2020

In this exhibit the museum will exhibit for the first time Noh masks from the collection of the feudal lord of Echigo Prefecture’s Shibata Domain, the Mizoguchi family. It’s a miraculous collection that includes the bags and chests for a wide variety of 67 different Noh masks from the latter half of the 18th century. Take a moment in fall to slowly gaze at these Noh masks, treasures of a Daimyo family. Art and publications related to Noh will also be exhibited. We’ll be showing off the charm of Noh.
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The Sumida Hokusai Museum, Tokyo
Scenery on Both Banks of the Sumida River & Sketches by Hokusai
>until 8 November 2020

Since 1989, Sumida City, Tokyo, has been collecting a wide range of works related to Hokusai and his pupils. The collection is now quite varied, ranging from Hokusai’s iconic Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series to rare brush-drawn paintings, unique items that only The Sumida Hokusai Museum owns. This exhibition displays fifty works that the  curators have chosen from among the brush-drawn paintings, prints, and woodblock-printed books acquired since the our museum opened in 2016. Many are being exhibited for the first time. Read more


Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo
Deeper and deeper

>until 29 November 2020

Art adds beauty and colour to life. This exhibition introduces works rooted in a distinctive Japanese aesthetic from the highly individual works in the collection. It invites you not only to explore what is not readily visible but to uncover hidden depths. Take a deeper look, exploring what is not visible to the eye and you may uncover hidden enchantments. Read more


Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo
Yoshida Hiroshi: Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of his Death
26 January 2021 -21 March 2021


Born in the city of Kurume, Fukuoka, Yoshida Hiroshi (1876-1950) aggressively studied Western-style painting in his young days. Through travels overseas, he absorbed the world’s cultures and, amid that experience, formulated his own expressive style and technique. To mark the 70th anniversary of the artist’s death, this exhibition will gather print works representing every stage of his development—from his earliest prints to his masterpieces, together with his woodblocks and sketchbooks—to reveal the full scope of Yoshida’s print art. Read more


Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo
The art of Ukiyo-e: 17th-19th century
>until 6 December 2020

At first, ukiyo–e depicted the celebrities of the day, especially actors of the kabuki theater and courtesans of the pleasure quarters (the legal brothel district). The subject matter later expanded to include topics like seasonal festivals, travel spots, and landscapes. Techniques for making ukiyo–e also changed over time. Early ukiyo–e were painted by hand. Artisans later started carving images into blocks of wood and using these blocks to print ukiyo–e in large numbers. These black–and–white prints were much more affordable. As carving and printing techniques were refined, prints with a brilliant range of colors became possible. Read more

Yamatane Museum, Tokyo
Takeichi Seishō’s Tabby Cat and Animal’s Paradise
>until 15 November 2020

Takeuchi Seihō (1864-1942) created ‘Tabby Cat’ in 1924. Fascinated by a cat he encountered in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Seihō observed it carefully in detail and sketched it before completing this work. The exhibition also introduces animal paintings created by other artists, such as Nishimura Goun and Nishiyama Suishō, who studied under Seihō, from Kyoto painting circle Uemura Shōkō and Takeuchi Kōichi, who are known for outstanding animal depictions, and Okumura Togyū from Tokyo. Read more


Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota
17 October - 13 December 2020

Vision is a series of collection exhibitions to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Toyota Municipal Museum showcasing in turns parts of their collection: objects, paintings, sculptures, glass. Read more


Georgia Museum of Art, Athens
Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection
>until 26 September, 2021

Japan has had a thriving ceramic culture for over 15,000 years, often focused on utilitarian (or practical) objects. In 1948, the avant-garde ceramic group Sodeisha (“Crawling through Mud Association”) challenged the tradition of functional pottery. Instead, its members advocated for the creation of sculptural ceramic objects. They preferred form over function. The Sodeisha artists were not well known outside the country until the 1980s. Nonetheless, their vision of creative explorations using clay determined the future. Today, Japan boasts one of the most robust contemporary ceramic scenes in the world. This exhibition presents Japanese pottery and porcelain created by three generations of master ceramic artists. Read more


Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Noda Tetsuya: My Life in Print
>until  6 December 2020

In the late 1960s, Japanese artist Noda Tetsuya began a series of prints that continues to this day, over 50 years later. The prints, each titled Diary followed by a date, capture the large and small moments of the artist’s life, from the intimate and personal to the public and far-reaching. Read more

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis
Vibrant Line: Works on Paper by Tanaka, Shinoda, and Tawara
>until  28 November 2020

Three very different, modern Japanese artists express what’s possible with ink on paper - from photo realistic etchings of old rural Japan to calligraphy influenced by abstract expressionism: Ryōhei Tanaka (1933-2019), Tawara Yūsaku (1932-2004) and Tokō Shinoda (b.1913). Read more

The Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah
Hands & Earth. Perspectives on Japanese Contemporary Ceramics
20 October 2020 - 24 January 2021

Organized by the Lowe Art Museum from the collection of Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz, Hands & Earth: Perspectives on Japanese Contemporary Ceramics includes important works by some of Japan’s most notable artists. The KMA’s exhibition marks the first time that the Horvitz’s renowned collection will be exhibited in New York. While Hands & Earth focuses on contemporary ceramics, the 41 works on display also provide a comprehensive survey of Japan’s ceramic tradition over the past 80 years, from the Mingei Folk Craft Movement of the 1930s to contemporary ceramic sculpture. Read more

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis
Abstract Prints by Hagiwara Hideo
>until 6 December 2020

Originally a painter trained in oil, Hagiwara Hideo (1913-2007) became ill with tuberculosis and turned to printmaking in 1954. From the start his prints were of an abstract nature, and for 50 years he was a constant innovator in his choice of motifs, style, and technique. This first major U.S. retrospective exhibition of Hagiwara’s work showcases his enormous versatility. Read more

Allen Memorial Art Museum/Oberlin College, Oberlin
Ukiyo-e Prints from the Mary Ainsworth Collection
>until 6 December 2020

More than 100 Japanese woodblock prints from the legacy of a celebrated Oberlin alumna (1867–1950) span the history of the medium. The works feature actors, courtesans, and landscapes favored by denizens of the Floating World of 17th- to 19th-century Japan. Read more

Philadelphia Museum, Philadelphia  
Kōgei: Art Craft Japan
>until Fall 2020

This installation celebrates Japanese kōgei, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted objects made with traditional techniques and natural materials. The works on display highlight the specialized skills of contemporary kōgei artists working in clay, glass, and fabric. Read more

Portland Art Museum, Portland
Joryū Hanga Kyōkai, 1956–1965. Japan’s Women Printmakers
>until 11 April 2021

In October 1956, a vibrant group of contemporary etchings, relief prints, and lithographs went on display in a Tokyo gallery. This was the debut exhibition of Japan’s first printmaking society for women artists, the Joryū Hanga Kyōkai, or the Women’s Print Association. It provided a crucial vehicle for talented female printmakers working in a crowded field of male maestros. This exhibition presents a timely look at the careers of the group’s founding members and others who joined in successive years. Read more


Ringling Museum of Art, Saratosa
Kabuki Modern
13 November 2020 - 27 June 2021

This exhibition presents superb recent acquisitions of kabuki imagery created between 1868 and the 1950s. Visitors will see works by Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900), Yamamura Kōka (Toyonari, 1885–1942), and Natori Shunsen (1886–1960) — the foremost print artists of their time. Also on view is a stunning painting by Murakami Michiho (1899–1938) that recently returned to the Museum following conservation treatment. These works of art capture the dynamic poses, elaborate stage make-up, and sumptuous costumes that have enthralled audiences for over 400 years. Read more


Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington
Hokusai: Mad about Painting
>until November 2020

Charles Lang Freer assembled the world’s largest collection of paintings, sketches, and drawings by Hokusai. Works large and small are on view, from six-panel folding screens and hanging scrolls to paintings and drawings. Also included are rare hanshita-e, drawings for woodblock prints that were adhered to the wood and frequently destroyed in the process of carving the block prior to printing. Read more


Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
>until 28 march 2021

For Japan’s warriors, prowess on the battlefield was matched by an acute aesthetic sensibility. This exhibition presents the art and ethos of this warrior culture. From the austerity of lacquer and tea bowls to the opulence of golden screens and armour, this exhibition demonstrates how the ethos and tastes of the Samurai (a military elite whose name means ‘one who serves’) permeated every aspect of Japanese art and culture from the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries. Read more

Chiharu Shiota: Absence embodied

In her conceptually driven practice Shiota attempts to represent what it means to be human. Beginning as autobiographical excavations, her installations draw on personal experiences, emotions and memories to create universally resonant works. Read more

The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Hiroshi Nagai: Paintings for Music
>until 23 January 2021

This exhibition surveys the relationship between Japan’s city pop music and the paintings of esteemed illustrator Hiroshi Nagai. This is the first international solo exhibition of Nagai, whose cover art for Eiichi Ohtaki’s A Long Vacation and numerous other iconic record jackets spearheaded Japan’s city pop music culture. Read more


Galerie Mingei, Paris, France
Toshimasa Kikuchi
21-24 October 2020
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Ibasho gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
Mukayu. Paul Cupido
29 October-20 December 2020 (online only)
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Thomsen Gallery, New York, USA
Japanese Bamboo Baskets
>until 7 November 2020
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Galerie Friedrich Müller, Frankfurt am Main, Germany 
Hideaki Yamanobe. New Works

>until 14 November 2020
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Joan B. Mirviss Ltd., New York, USA
Seen/Unseen. New Artworks by Akiyama Yō and Kitamura Junko
3 November - 18 December 2020
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Scholten Japanese Art, New York, USA
Kitagawa Utamaro. A Golden Age Ukiyo-e Master
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CJP Collecting Japanese Prints, Wilmette, USA
Western Sails, Eastern Skies

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