Children’s Museum Explores Japanese Culture with Interactive Exhibit

January 16, 2015 10:00 amtoMay 17, 2015 5:00 pm


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Hello from Japan!

Friday, January 16 through Sunday, May 17

Children’s Museum of Manhattan – 212 W. 83rd Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)

Admission: $11/$7 Seniors/Free for members and children under 12 months

Children’s Museum of Manhattan is turning its Lower Level Gallery into an interactive exhibit that will teach children about life in present day Japan. Hello from Japan! is a playful, highly immersive environment that will transport families to two distinct areas of Tokyo that exist side by side: One serene and exquisite, the other, too cute for words.

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Into to Japan. Photo courtesy of Children’s Museum of Manhattan.

Kawaii Central is a streetscape inspired by Tokyo’s bustling Harajuku district, bursting with color, trendy shops and cuter than cute kawaii styles. Children sing karaoke, smile for the photo booth camera, serve up a seasonal Japanese meal, and design adorable mascots for their families.

The beautiful, natural Shinto shrine park invites children to build a bridge, crawl through a forest, encounter kami spirits, and make a wish at a wishing tree.

Together, the exhibit highlights how old and new traditions coexist in Japan, giving visitors a family-friendly window into Japanese culture.

The exhibition kicks off with the Hello from Japan! Opening Weekend Festival, and there will be related programming through May. For more information, please visit CMOM’s website.

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Photo courtesy of Children’s Museum of Manhattan