The artworks in this collection are all by artists born or based in Japan. To varying degrees, they are influenced by the country's rich history of art and culture, from the ancient to the contemporary.
For example, Three Legs by Hidetaka Suzuki depicts traditional markings on a Geisha's neck, the meaning of which is no longer know. The artist explains "I am fascinated by things that have lost their reason, but still remain as a form". Tou Toa's Two Italian Girls On The Boat is more European in its subject matter but seems to be inspired by the Japanese aesthetic ideal wabi-sabi, which encourages acceptance of imperfection and transience in art.