The Tokyo National Museum's newly renovated Toyokan (Asian Gallery) reopened Jan. 2, after being closed for about three and a half years.
The renovation work included refurbishing the lighting system
of entire building and the creation of special areas, such as a section
for "Indian Miniature Paintings."
The gallery's total floorspace is 1.2 times that of the
previous building and includes 13 exhibit rooms, which are mainly
divided by country and region.
One of the newly created sections, the Asian folk culture
section, features Indonesian "wayang kulit" shadow-puppet theater and
other items rooted in the people's lives, as well as a room for Khmer
sculptures, which flourished in what is now Cambodia from the ninth to