Like their counterparts in other Asian countries, Japanese scroll painters used the form to recount both historical and legendary stories. But, as is shown in the Freer’s new exhibit, “Telling Tales in Japanese Art,” Japanese artists were particularly adept in reducing complex accounts to simple images and symbols. In one of the gallery’s “Point of View” talks, associate curator of Japanese art James Ulak discusses the exhibit of paintings, prints, and ceramics from the 13th to the 20th century, which includes images that range from the mythic to the journalistic. At noon at the Freer Gallery’s Gallery 7, 12th & Jefferson Dr. SW. FREE. (202) 357-3200. (MJ)