Hello from Japan! Exhibit runs May 30th to Sept 7th at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate


GREENVILLE, SC – May 27, 2015  Cultural education is at the core of activities launched this summer by the Children’s Museum of the Upstate.  Thanks to the generous support of the Freeman Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and the SC Humanities Foundation, as well as a robust collaboration with the Japan America Association of SC, the learning and fun begins as children enter “Hello from Japan!”  a new interactive exhibit opening on May 30 at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate that will transport families to two distinct areas of Tokyo that exist side by side: one serene and exquisite, the other, too cute for words.

Kawaii Central is a streetscape inspired by Tokyo’s bustling Harajuku district, bursting with color, trendy shops and cuter than cute kawaii styles, (pronounced like Hawai’i). Kids sing karaoke, smile for the photo booth camera, serve up a seasonal Japanese meal, and design adorable mascots for their families.

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 old and new traditions coexist in Japan, giving visitors a family-friendly window into contemporary Japanese culture.

Hello from Japan! has been gifted to TCMU through the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, a competitive grant program administered by the Association of Children’s Museums. In addition to the exhibit, TCMU has planned an exciting series of programs to include:
Anime (Manga) drawing workshops by one of Japan’s most celebrated illustrators, Aya Kakeda
An Anime Film Festival
Daily Kamishibai Storytelling for all ages, free with admission.
A traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony hosted by guest artist Yoshiko Moon and Mrs Hideko Nagasaka, a Omotesenke Tea Master from Japan
AI:Love, a fine art exhibition featuring the work of  local Japanese artists   Yoshiko Moon and Yuri Tsuzuki.
Hello from Japan Summer Camp, June 22-26. Taught by Artist-in-residence,     Yoshiko Moon. The camp will engage students with hands on activities         introducing Japanese art and culture. Summer Camps are offered for children in preschool – 5th grade. Half and full day options are available.

“In our public programs, visitors will have a chance to learn more about Japanese cultural traditions and try some of the traditional crafts themselves.  We have planned a variety of programs throughout the summer, so that no matter how many times our guests come to visit, there is always a new experience to try,” said Jessica Hayes, Program Manager. Visitors can view the complete program schedule and ticketing information at www.tcmupstate.org.

This is exhibit was created by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and is part of the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, funded by The Freeman Foundation and administered by Association of Children’s Museums.

Freeman Foundation Asian Series
The Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series is funded by The Freeman Foundation and administered by Association of Children’s Museums to bring outstanding interactive exhibits about Asian cultures to children, their families and school groups at children’s museums across the United States.
About The Freeman Foundation
The Freeman Foundation was established in 1993 by Mansfield Freeman. This private foundation is committed to increasing and strengthening the understanding of nations in East Asia.
About Association of Children’s Museums (ACM)
In an increasingly complex world, children’s museums provide a place where all kids can learn through play and exploration with the caring adults in their lives. There are approximately 400 children’s museums around the world, which annually reach more than thirty-one million visitors. ACM provides leadership, professional development, advocacy, and resources for its member organizations and individuals. To learn more about ACM and to find an ACM-member children’s museum near you, visit www.ChildrensMuseums.org.

About the The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (TCMU) TCMU’s mission is to spark a lifelong passion for curiosity and learning through play.   Conveniently located in downtown Greenville on the cultural campus of Heritage Green, visitors experience 19 exhibit galleries with more than 100 individual exhibit components that offer a continuum of programming in the areas of arts, humanities, sciences, health, nutrition and the environment. At 80,000 square feet, TCMU is the nation’s 7th largest children’s museum and 10th largest in the world. As the nation’s first children’s museum to become a Smithsonian Affiliate, there are new and exciting programs developed for every age level to stimulate creativity and stir the imagination.  For more information, visit www.tcmupstate.org.

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