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Address: 333 E 47th St, Btw. 1st and 2nd Aves, New York City, NY
Phone Number: 212/832-1155
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Description: American institution promotes understanding and relations between the...
American institution promotes understanding and relations between the United States and Japan through exhibits of traditional and contemporary Japanese art, films, performing arts, topical lectures and cultural exchange programs.
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Great Exhibit

Went to see the exhibition on Cat art through the ages. Well curated, lots of interesting art we'd never seen before. The Japan Society staff were friendly and helpful. Good for a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Wilton, Connecticut
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Wilton, Connecticut
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Went to see the exhibition on Cat art through the ages. Well curated, lots of interesting art we'd never seen before. The Japan Society staff were friendly and helpful. Good for a couple of diverting hours.

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Leonia
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39 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Terrific exhibit of 120 Ukiyoe works where cats are part of the subject matter. Admission was reasonable and there was lots of elbow room. The works are world class. Not being a "cat person", the import of cats in this do period art really came through! Really worth seeing!!!

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New York City, New York
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661 reviews 661 reviews
238 attraction reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This was my first visit to the Japan Society, it will not be my last. The Society is ouse in a wonderfully constructed building that has had some major corporate sponsors of Japanese companies to foot some of the costs and maintenance and it is quite lovely. We attended a play in their auidtoirm which is an intimate, very comfortable... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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45 reviews 45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

My first visit to Japan Society in 2005 spurred my interest in Japanese contemporary art; I try to visit Japan Society to view the current exhibit whenever I am in NYC. "Garden of Unearthly Delights," on view through January 11, 2015, is one of the best I have seen here or at any contemporary art museum. The combination of historical... More 

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

The Japan Society is a perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of NYC. From the moment you enter this bit of Japan you are encased in a cocoon of quiet and peace. We attended the Edo Pop exhibit, an imaginative juxtaposition of traditional woodblock prints from the late 17th to 19th centuries with contemporary pop art that incorporates the... More 

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72 reviews 72 reviews
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

While small, the Edo Pop exhibit was wonderful! If you have an interest in Japan and Japanese art, this is a must see. Get a tour if possible because the stories about the art are half the experience. We had the opportunity to visit with a docent who was very knowledgable and shared some of the ghost stories etc... with... More 

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Malvern, Pennsylvania
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10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

New York has these wonders and that's why we keep going back! Little jewels of great value that we discover and become a part of our collection, places we keep adding and recommending to our friends. As a part of our visit to the Armory Show this weekend, we hopped in a cab and crossed town to the UN Plaza... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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45 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Disappointing visit. Except for a paid exhibition there was nothing there to see. Considering we throught that the Society would have something to do,with fostering Japan/USA relations that there would have been more to see and do.

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Jaipur, India
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520 helpful votes 520 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

We went on 47th street between 1st and 2nd Aven. of Manhattan New York to visit Japan Society on Friday as we came to know that entry on Friday evenings are free. But, we were disappointed to know that this place opens only when some exhibition or some program is arranged there. I wish that this information should also be... More 

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Manchester
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2010

We saw an exhibition called Krazy here last year. There were some good exhibits, but the space was a little small so there wasn't that much to see. I saw a much better and bigger exhibition on Anime and Manga at Urbis in Manchester, UK so this was a bit disappointing. It is however a nice venue for a small... More 

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