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Japan Society Shop
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E, M at Lexington Ave.-53rd St.; 6 at 51st St.
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This venue is closed.
Set on the second floor of the Japan Society, a cultural center housing a gallery, library, theater, garden, and reflecting pool, this two-room shop is packed with traditional and contemporary Japanese goods. Most of the goods are for the home and would make handsome gifts: Nakashima furniture, lacquerware, sake sets, hina dolls, and kokeshi figurines, and a number of coffee-table books on art, cuisine, and culture. But there are also luxurious fashion finds, such as beautiful vintage obis (kimono sashes), silk and bamboo cotton scarves with traditional Japanese motifs like cranes and kites, jewelry with semi-precious stones, Technicolor plastic watches by Nooka, and plastic wallets by Poketo made in collaboration with Japanese artists. The store is the exclusive U.S. representative for ceramic artists Takashi Hanaoka and Kaiko, glass artist Kazumi Tsuji, and lacquer artist Akito Akagi, and also features items by Japanese artists living in the U.S., like jewelry-maker Akiko Shirato. The roster of products rotates, often corresponding to what’s on exhibit in the center.Members
Japan Society members receive a 10 percent discount.