Oct. 11, 2019—Jan. 26, 2020

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.

Admission: $12/$10 students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased in-person at the Welcome Desk or online in advance.

Docent tours are provided free with admission on Friday & Saturday at 2:30 PM (English) and Friday at 6 PM (Japanese).

Exhibition-Related Programming


The Made in Tokyo Guide Map is available for purchase at the Welcome Desk or at for $15. Written by famed Japanese architectural firm Atelier Bow-Wow, six types of facilities—stadiums, stations, retail spaces, offices, capsules and homes—are explored, illuminating differences in the ever-changing Tokyo environment.

Selected Works

Exhibition Preview

Related Films

In celebration of Tora-san's 50th anniversary, Japan Society invited Japanese architectural firm Atelier Bow-Wow, curator and exhibition designer of Made in Tokyo: Architecture and Living, 1964/2020, to select newly restored and subtitled favorites from the long-running film series featuring the beloved Tokyo icon.

Visitor Information

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

$12/$10 students and seniors
Free for Japan Society members (Join today!)
Free for patrons with disabilities and an accompanying Personal Care Assistant
Free admission on Fridays from 6—9 PM
  Docent-led Tours:
Friday & Saturday, 2:30 PM
Japanese language tours Friday at 6 PM
Tours are free with admission and approximately one hour in duration. To arrange private group tours, please call (212) 715-1283. Two weeks advance request recommended.

Student Group Tours:
K-12 school groups can schedule interactive guided gallery tours and hands-on workshops to experience Japanese culture firsthand and make curricular connections. Two weeks advance request recommended.

Made in Tokyo: Architecture and Living, 1964/2020 is supported, in part, by The Japan Foundation, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and an award from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, as part of the institution-wide Passing the Torch series.

Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor and American Airlines, the exclusive U.S. airline sponsor of Gallery.

The East-West Dialogues series is sponsored by the Asian Cultural Council.

Exhibitions and Arts & Culture Lecture Programs at Japan Society are made possible, in part, by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund, the Mary Griggs Burke Endowment Fund established by the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation, Raphael and Jane Bernstein, Thierry and Yasko Porté, Shigesuke and Noriko Kashiwagi, Friends of the Gallery, and several anonymous donors. Support for Arts & Culture Lecture Programs is provided, in part, by the Sandy Heck Lecture Fund.

Image: New National Stadium (detail), 2018. Photo © Takashi Homma.

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