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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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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Some peace in a busy city

The Japan society is a little peace square inside the city, you open the door and you are welcomed by a subtle rainy sound of the inside fountain. It's charming. The exhibit on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
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Villiers-sur-Marne, France

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Villiers-sur-Marne, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The Japan society is a little peace square inside the city, you open the door and you are welcomed by a subtle rainy sound of the inside fountain. It's charming. The exhibit on Life of cats was beautiful, well presented and diversified.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I went with my wife and friends to see the current exhibition, "Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection". It was our first visit to the Society (why did it take us so long?) and as confirmed cat-lovers we all enjoyed the exhibit immensely. We will certainly be back to attend future events and shows. The modern building,... More 

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LONDON
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Went to the cat exhibition at the Japan Society on 8th April 2015 and really enjoyed the wonderful exhibit. Went to this venue many years ago to see the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit and the space inside is farm and always welcoming in such a great city ad NY is. The Cat exhibit on now is wonderful, rich in humour,... More 

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main line, pa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Allow yourself couple hours and make sure to see the cat print exhibit. Beautiful interior and staff was very helpful.

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Wilton, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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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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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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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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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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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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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