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At a small printing factory in eastern Tokyo a group of men are huddled over a number of seemingly identical pictures. They’re scrutinising different versions of a set of postcards that have been ordered for a new exhibition – “The Art of the Daimyo Tea Masters” – on the other side of town at the Nezu Art Museum. One of the print workers is standing at what looks like a music producer’s mixing desk, tweaking the colour balance and test-printing repeatedly until everyone agrees that the eight images, all printed on a single sheet, can’t be bettered…

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