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Much of my experience with Asia comes from photos. I’ve never set foot on the continent, but thanks to Facebook albums from friends and acquaintances, I can at least conjure an image of the Great Wall of China or an open-air market in Hanoi. Likewise, the Sackler Gallery’s newest exhibition allows visitors to experience Asia from the perspective of the temporary visitor. Contemporary photography is displayed along with Japanese woodblock prints and souvenirs from around the continent, making visitors question why certain scenes and locations are chosen to represent an entire nation. And while many travel to Asia for leisure, the exhibition also highlights pilgrimages, research expeditions, and trade voyages that have drawn visitors to Asia for centuries. If you’re looking to get a comprehensive view of Asian travel, pay the exhibit a visit. It offers far more insight than your cousin’s foggy photos of Mount Fuji. The exhibition is on view daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to May 31 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. (202) 633-4800. asia.si.edu.