A peek into Japanese art

When I originally ventured into the St Kilda branch of the National Gallery of Victoria, the Federation Square Complex was decades away from being built. The gallery housed all that Melbourne had to offer in the art world at that time.

Four hundred year old Japanese firefighter’s helmet

Today this gallery is devoted to paintings, furniture, china and clothing from the world other than Australia.

Shakaru — Issey Miyake and Ikke Tanaka

The Japanese section displayed four hundred year old armour, but I couldn’t take my eyes away from the handbag.

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