The "Hello from Japan!" exhibit is returning to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s beginning Jan. 20 through May 14, 2017. The interactive traveling exhibit will transport families to two distinct areas of Tokyo that exist side by side: one serene and exquisite, the other, too cute for words.
Located in the museum’s Lower Level Gallery, the 1,500-square-foot exhibit invites families to explore an immersive, child-sized Tokyo streetscape and Shinto park. Visitors learn how time-honored Japanese traditions co-exist with the contemporary culture of kawaii-inspired graphics and products, characterized by round figures, vibrant colors and a whimsical, cute aesthetic.
Hello from Japan! was the third in the museum’s Global Cultural Exhibition Series, following exhibits about the cultures of Ancient Greece and China, and preceding an exhibit which explores diversity of Muslim cultures worldwide for a family audience and is currently on display on the museum’s first floor. The series celebrates the diversity of cultural expression across our interdependent world.
“We believe learning about others helps us to learn about ourselves. This is true for both adults and children,” said Andrew Ackerman, the Children’s Museum’s executive director. “An ability to appreciate cultural similarities and differences is more important now than ever. Our Global Cultural Exhibition Series, which includes Hello from Japan!, lets families have fun and make new discoveries together.”
A full range of complementary workshops and programs will occur throughout the exhibit’s run.
Hello from Japan is part of the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, funded by The Freeman Foundation and administered by the Association of Children’s Museums.
For more information about the exhibit, visit www.cmom.org