Preview: Japan Society: Made in Tokyo: Architecture and Living 1964-2020

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 10/11/2019 - 01/26/2020
All Day

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Japan Society

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Cover image Courtesy of Japan Society

Damage? $10-$12

Gallery Hours
Tuesday—Thursday, 12—7 PM
Friday, 12—9 PM
Saturday & Sunday, 11 AM—5 PM
Closed Mondays and on major holidays.

Why you should go.  Tokyo, the transforming metropolis, has experienced a variety of social, economic and political shifts. The 1964 Summer Games, hosted by Tokyo, was the trigger to facilitate the rapid improvement of infrastructure. And the city is still changing—in advance of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games. Following a period of strong economic growth up to the 1970s, Japan’s bubble economy of the 1980s greatly reduced property values. In the new century, the population ratio shifted to elderly-dominant, and the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake critically altered the population’s sense of values for living. In response to these significant changes, how does architecture embody the city’s transition? What role has architecture played in developing Tokyo? With Japanese architectural firm Atelier Bow-Wow taking on a double role as curator and exhibition designer, this exhibition explores the development of socio-architectural facilities and compares landscapes with art and performance generated from Tokyo between the two seminal worldwide games, in 1964 and 2020.

Useful tips:

  • Buy Tickets in advance
  • Alone or with friends? Either or.
  • Coat check/ cloak room is limited so travel lightly
  • Fancy a drink or bite to eat in the area?
    1. Aburiya Kinnosuke $$  213 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017  -Very classy, great menu, upscale izakaya
    2. Gyu-Kaku Midtown $$ 805 3rd Ave by 50th St. 2nd fl, New York, NY 10022 .  – Japanese barbecue, Smart, sophisticated, good service. Happy hour from 5-6pm with half-priced drafts.
    3. Hidechan Ramen $$  248 E 52nd St (2nd Ave), New York, NY 10022. 2nd Fl.   – You can pick the size of your noodle and opt for kaedama, or supplementary noodle portion
    4. Momosan Ramen $$ 342 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016 – Morimoto’s latest New York venture – the spicy tan-tan men ramen tempered with coconut milk is a revelation of pure deliciousness.
    5. Sir Harry’s at the Waldorf Astoria $$ Park or Lexington entrances between 49th and 50th St – Quiet classic, old-school hotel bar boozer. There are three other bar options at the Waldorf.
    6. Riki $141 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017 (Lex and 3rd)    – Izakaya inexpensive, upstairs karaoke rooms. Non-tipping establishment.
    7. Sakagura $$211 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017  (next to Soba Totto) –  Tucked below in an office building, but has most extensive sake menu and good food
    8. Soba Totto $$ 211 E 43rd St A, New York, NY 10017 (next to Sakagura)   – A personal favorite. Classy, fantastic intimate sake bar and restaurant, a great find
    9. Udon West$ 46th St between Lexington and 3rd Ave.  – You can’t go wrong here. Pitchers of beer, decent grub, fast service
    10. Whiskey Blue at the W Hotel $$- 50th and Lexington. –  Dark, wooden, comfortable and great selection.

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