Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park is an honest-to-goodness art deco palace, and this summer, it’s hosting more than 200 deco objects made in Japan during the interwar years—paintings, ceramics, kimonos, housewares, you name it. Deco has been enduringly popular in the US (think Miami), but for decades, nobody anywhere in the world wanted to touch Japanese deco from this period, since behind its majestic geometric patterns and streamlined forms lurks the shadow of militarism. You’re about to be seduced and braced in equal measure. It’s a great show. (Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E Prospect St, Volunteer Park,, 10 am–5 pm, $7, through Oct 19)