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New York City Sights

Japan Society

  • 333 E. 47th St. Map It
  • Midtown East

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The stylish, serene lobby of the Japan Society has interior bamboo gardens linked by a second-floor waterfall. Works by well-known Japanese artists are exhibited in the second-floor gallery. Past shows have included the first American retrospective of Sakai Hōitsu, a samurai aristocrat turned Buddhist monk who dedicated his life to art and poetry; a display of artwork created by children from Tōhoku after Japan's 2011 earthquake; and the dramatic "Garden of Unearthly Delights"—a collection of paintings, digital works, and installations from contemporary Japanese artists that harkens back to the traditions of the master craftsmen. In July, the museum hosts an annual film festival, Japan Cuts, showcasing contemporary Japanese cinema.

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333 E. 47th St., between 1st and 2nd aves., New York, New York, 10022, USA

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Sight Details:

  • Gallery $12
  • Gallery Tues.–Thurs. 11–6, Fri. 11–9, weekends 11–5; building hrs vary


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