Japanese Tin Toys from the Golden Age of the American Automobile

July 9, 2009
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Drawn from a previously unknown private Tokyo collection, Buriki presents seventy miniature masterpieces that track the glory days of the Big Three automakers. These faithful models of Cadillacs, Buicks, Chryslers, Pontiacs, Chevrolets, Studebakers, and Fords chronicle a unique epoch in relations between Japan and the United States and will delight toy fanatics and car aficionados of all ages!

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The fully illustrated catalogue of this exhibition will be available for purchase at the exhibition or can be ordered through the PDF Order Form.

Summer Gallery Hours

Tuesday through Friday 11 am – 6 pm
Saturday & Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
Closed Mondays & major holidays

$5; Students & seniors $3;
Japan Society members and children under 16 free.

Japan Society gratefully acknowledges the support of Nippon Steel U.S.A., Inc.

Media sponsorship is provided by      and  

Transportation assistance is provided by   

Exhibitions at Japan Society are also made possible in part by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund and the Friends of the Gallery. Installations at Japan Society Gallery are supported by a generous gift from Henry Cornell.

Japan Society also wishes to thank The W.L.S. Spencer Foundation for its catalogue support.


  • July 9, 2009 – August 16, 2009