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I just found out via a friend that an amazing show about Japanese traditional carpentry and its tools is about to close in three days. The show, When Practice Becomes Form: Carpentry Tools from Japan, was organized by the Japan Society in New York City. It showcases a plethora of Japanese structural wooden components, their joints, and the tool used in crafting them.

After visiting the show’s website, reading the comprehensive free printable book/catalog, and watching the videos that accompany the show I am confident that this exhibit is very promising. So if you happen to live or are visiting  NYC these days do consider viewing this exhibit.

Exhibition webpage:

Japan Society

333 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017

Visitor Information

Gallery Hours:

Thursday—Sunday, 11 AM—5 PM, with timed tickets

Closed Monday—Wednesday and on major holidays, including Sunday, July 4.

Please Note: 11 AM—12 PM on Thursdays and Fridays are reserved for members and high-risk vulnerable populations only.

Timed Tickets:

$12/$10 students and seniors

Free Admission from March 11—March 28, courtesy of the Takenaka Corporation – first come, first serve, with advance timed ticket reservations

Free Admission always for members, patrons with disabilities and an accompanying Personal Care Assistant.



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