Hello from Japan!


September 22, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Children and families will have fun learning about life in present-day Japan in this playful, highly immersive exhibit. Families will be transported to two distinct areas of Tokyo that exist side by side: a super cute kawaii streetscape and a peaceful Shinto shrine park area.

Kawaii Central is a streetscape inspired by Tokyo's bustling Harajuku district, bursting with color, trendy shops and cuter than cute kawaii styles. Kids sing karaoke, smile for the photo booth camera, serve up a seasonal Japanese meal, and design adorable mascots for their families. While 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 new and old traditions coexist in Japan, giving visitors a family-friendly window into Japanese culture.

Hello from Japan!, created by the Children's Museum of Manhattan, is part of the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, funded by The Freeman Foundation and administered by Association of Children's Museums. It is sponsored locally by DENSO Athens Manufacturing, Komatsu, and Japan Foundation of New York.