Arts and Culture, Museums and Libraries
Kyoto National Museum, Tokyo National Museum, Shinto shrines, Japanese cities, traditional Japanese art
For a country of its size, Japan has a large number of museums, with important collections in virtually every major city. Two of the countryís finest museums are located in Tokyo: the Tokyo National Museum, specializing in traditional Japanese art, and the National Museum of Modern Art, housing both Japanese and foreign art. The Kyoto National Museum, another of Japanís major museums, contains Chinese and Japanese fine arts, handicrafts, and archaeological items. The great variety of other Japanese museums include archaeological, ethnographic, and ceramics museums. Moreover, many Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines maintain collections of art.
Tokyo outranks all other Japanese cities in number of major libraries. Among the most important is the National Diet Library, Japanís national library. It serves as an international book exchange and an information center for Japan. Among the important university libraries in Tokyo are the University of Tokyo Library, Meiji University Library, and Nihon University Library. Major collections are housed in the libraries of the provinces, such as the Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library and the Kobe City Library. There are also many important university libraries outside of Tokyo, such as the one at Kyoto University.
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