Approved by the Air Force

The hit of the Tokyo art season—what there is of it—is a Frenchman who has lived in Japan since he was four. His show, on display last week, had the imposing sponsorship of the U.S. Fifth Air Force. An exhibition of 67 wood-block prints (and 50 paintings) of Ukiyo-e ("mundane life") subjects, it was a blend of East and West.

Art and Japanese both came early to Paul Jacoulet, whose father was a French teacher in Japan. Says he: "Almost before I spoke, I was glad to have a pencil in my hand." Young Paul used to spend his...

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