333 E. 47th St.
Manhattan, NY 10017
Description: Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival or Girls' Day) in Japan is a time to wish for the health and future happiness of young girls. Participants enjoy songs, taste festival-related snacks and drinks, and help decorate hina-ningyo (ceremonial dolls). Children and families create a variety of hina dolls to take home or share. Boys are welcome to participate.
Venue Description: The Japan Society produces programming on Japan for an English-speaking audience. Located near the United Nations on 47th Street and First Avenue, it is an internationally recognized nonprofit that presents more than 100 events annually, including three exhibitions, more than 30 performances, film screenings, conferences, lectures, workshops, and language labs. Built on land donated by John D. Rockefeller, the landmark building houses a 262-seat theater, art gallery, language center, library, and conference facilities, as well as a high-end boutique that opened on the second floor in 2006. Visitors can learn about a broad range of topics, such as art, business, dance, design, cinema, policy, popular culture, social issues, and theater. The society's mission is "to bring the people of the United States and Japan closer together in appreciation and understanding of each other."
Gallery hours during exhibitions are Tuesday-Thursday 11am-6pm, Friday 11am-9pm, Saturday-Sunday 11am-5pm (closed Mondays and major holidays). The box office is open Monday-Friday 11am-6pm and weekends 11am-5pm and can be reached at 212-715-1258. Admission is $12; $10 students and seniors; free for children younger than 16. For more information: japansociety.org.