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Entrance to the Japan Folk Crafts Museum (Mingeikan), Tokyo, Japan, September 9, 2012. The museum was founded in 1936 by Soetsu Yanagi (1889-1961). It is dedicated to promoting the Mingei folk crafts movement and showing items from all over Japan. A contemporary and friend of Bernard Leach, Yanagi believed in the high aesthetic value of everyday items made by anonymous craftsmen working in set traditions.