This Sunday, Japan Society is hosting two family-friendly events that encourage creativity while focusing on the Japanese sense of seasonality.
Creative Play: Autumn Moon Viewing (Tsukimi)
Sunday, September 15 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Japan Society – 333 E. 47th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
Admission: $12/$8 members/Free children ages 2 or under and Cool Culture members
Play, sing, dance and create! Explore Japanese culture and customs with a master storyteller and artist in this interactive class with a seasonal theme.
Just as the Japanese practice ohanami, or sakura viewing during cherry blossom season in the spring, the fall is the time of moon viewing. And rather than a man in the moon, the Japanese see a rabbit.
Hop right into the classic story Tsuki no Usagi (Rabbit in the Moon). Families will transform into rabbits (usagi) with a fun craft as participants and instructors set their sights toward collaboratively creating a night sky.
This event is part of Japan Society’s Creative Play series, recommended for children ages 3 through 5 and accompanying adults.
Family Workshops: Japanese Four-Hole Bookbinding (Watoji)
Sunday, September 15 from 2:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Admission: $15/$8 members/Free children ages 2 or under and for Cool Culture members
Immerse yourself in the many aspects of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through uniquely themed visual art and performance workshops led by teaching artists. This is a monthly series at Japan Society that explores a different topic.
How are books made? There are countless ways to bind a book, and in this workshop participants will learn the Japanese four-hole method known as watoji. Families will construct and decorate a beautifully bound project that they can use for any sketching, writing, or creating purposes!
Japan Society developed this program specifically for children ages 6 through 10 and accompanying adults. Siblings are welcome to attend, but they must have tickets.
A photographer will document both events.
Purchase your tickets to one or both of these creative family events at Japan Society’s website today.