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Dubbed the "Andy Warhol of Japan," Murakami is showing his first major retrospective in Japan in 14 years.Ultimately though, Tsuji said, the images of the old men are nothing other than "unadorned self-portraits of Murakami himself".Murakami designed Louis Vuitton bags about a decade ago that sold for similarly exorbitant prices, although Murakami acknowledged at the time he had never owned such an expensive bag in his life.Murakami insists neither time nor fame has changed him as an artist.A graduate of the prestigious Tokyo University of the Arts, he went on to invent his approach and named it Superflat – a take on that unique sense of perspective and emphasis of clear outlines that woodblock printers like Hokusai invented.It all comes back to the question he has addressed all his life, Murakami said: What is Japan?A 360-degree panoramic image of Murakami's exhibition by Asahi Digital can be found at http://www.asahi.com/special/murakami500/
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