V&A Toshiba Gallery of Japanese Art

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Sword, signed by Morimitsu of Osafune, 14c, Japan © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. From 1185-1868, Japan was ruled by the warrior class known as the samurai.

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Figure of an elephant, Arita kilns, 1660-1690 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Kimono for a young woman, figured satin silk with tie-dyeing, 1800-1840 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Woman at a mirror, woodblock print from the series Edo Beauties by Kikukawa Eizan, about 1820  © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Carved wood netsuke in the form of a tightly curled rat with inlaid eyes, 1850-1900 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Armour in haramaki style. Helmet about 1550; armour about 1850 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Outer kimono (uchikake), satin silk with appliqué and embroidery, 1870-1890 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Portable transistor radio, ‘TR 610’, designed and manufactured by Sony, 1958 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Television set and alarm clock, ‘Videosphere’, designed 1970; manufactured 1974 by JVC © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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'Lips', silver gelatin print, by Daido Moriyama, 1980 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Vacuum cleaner, ‘G-Force’, designed by James Dyson 1983; manufactured 1986 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The colour palette was developed especially for the Japanese market.

 (Jaron James)
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Jaron James

'Sweet Lolita' ensemble by Baby, the Stars Shine Bright, 2011-12 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The cult of the cute (kawaii) took off in Japan in the 1970s.

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'OO-IX' Sculpture by Hayashi Shigeki, 2013. © Hayashi Shigeki and Yufuku Gallery. Photograph © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Shigeki modelled this sleekly finished sculpture on his young son.

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Heel-less shoes by Noritaka Tatehana (b.1985), 2014 © Victoria & Albert Museum, London

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Hello Kitty rice-cooker, Sakar International, Inc, 2014 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Dress by Issey Miyake (b.1938), from ‘132 5.’ collection © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The V&A's permanent Toshiba Gallery of Japanese Art will reopen on November 4 2015, exhibiting 550 works from the sixth century to the present day. Look out for the first ever Sony Walkman, a Hello Kitty rice cooker and an origami outfit by Issey Miyake, as well as breathtakingly crafted historical objects. Click through the slideshow above to see highlights from the collection. 

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