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Must-See Gallery Shows to See in Tokyo This Summer

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Tokyo Writer
Updated: 29 May 2017
From antique swords to manga-inspired illustrations, check out these must-see gallery shows in Tokyo this summer.
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Photographer Saul Leiter: A Retrospective

Saul Leiter was a well-known fashion photographer from the 1950s up until his retirement in the 1980s. Leiter passed away in 2013, but his photography, paintings, and other paraphernalia are coming to the Bunkamura Museum of Art, in full partnership with the Saul Leiter Foundation. The exhibition will run from April 29 to June 25, 2017. Open from 10 AM to 7 PM daily (9 PM on Fridays and Saturdays).

Adults/Students: ¥1400/¥1000

2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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In Praise of Swords: Masterpieces from Kurokawa Institute of Ancient Cultures

In Praise of Swords brings together a curated collection of traditional Japanese swords from the Kurokawa Institute of Ancient Cultures in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture. This is a rare chance to see an important piece of Japanese history. Some of the swords were even designated National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties. At the Sen-Oku Hakuko Kan from June 6 to August 4, 2017, open 10 am to 5 PM daily (closed Mondays).

Adults/Students: ¥800/¥600

1-5-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Megumi Fujimori: Demeter

Photographer Megumi Fujimori began her Demeterthemed series of photographs after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the most powerful earthquake ever to hit Japan. Catch some of them at Tap Gallery in Koto showing from May 30 to June 11, 2017. Open from 1 PM to 7 PM daily (closed Mondays). Admission is free.

3-2-8 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Chisato Tatsumi: Prism Syndrome

Fans of Japanese pop culture will love Chisato Tatsumi’s art, which resemble something out of a manga or popular anime. Check out Prism Syndrome, colorful depictions of sweet girls in costume. Showing at the Artcomplex Center of Tokyo from May 30 to June 4, 2017. Open from 11 AM to 8 PM daily (closed on Mondays). Admission is free.

12-9 Daikyocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Grand Projects: How Far Will You Go?

Grand Projects: How Far Will You Go? is about achieving what was once believed to be impossible. The show will feature various large scale “grand projects” meant to inspire and evoke a feeling of awe. It will be at 21_21 Design Sight from June 23rd to October 1st. Open from 10 AM to 7 PM daily, and admission is free.

9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Hideto Sato: Poem of Eternity

Hideto Sato is a painter who takes inspiration from the natural world to create his fantastical paintings. Poem of Eternity will feature South American influences from the artist’s time spent there. At the Sogo Yokohama Art Gallery from May 30 to June 5, 2017. Open from 10 AM to 8 PM daily, and entry is free.

2-18-10 Takashima, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan