Sazo Idemitsu, founder of Japanese petroleum company Idemitsu Kosan, collected art for more than 70 years. The Idemitsu Museum was established in 1966 for the purpose of displaying these works to the public. Items housed in the museum include: thousand year-old Yamato-e paintings (painting on Japanese themes); old Chinese paintings; genre paintings depicting peoples everyday lives, which were in great vogue from the latter half of the 16th century to the 17th century; ukiyo-e woodblock prints, which became very popular; and paintings depicting mainly intellectuals, a style that came to the fore from the mid-18th century. Also included are old works of calligraphy and ceramics from Japan and China. Many of these items have been designated either National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties by the Japanese government.'
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