April 26, 2018: Exterior of the national Art Center in Roppongi.
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National Art Center Tokyo

Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

Designed by Kurokawa Kishō, this architectural beauty has no permanent collection, but boasts the country’s largest exhibition space for visiting shows, which have included Renoir and Modigliani. A visit here is recommended to admire the building's awesome undulating glass facade, its cafes atop giant inverted cones and the great gift shop, Souvenir from Tokyo.

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