Japan Society, New York City

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Today, Japan Society has evolved into a world-class, multidisciplinary hub for global leaders, artists, scholars, educators, and English and Japanese-speaking audiences. At the Society, more than 100 events each year feature sophisticated, topically relevant presentations of Japanese art and culture and open, critical dialogue on issues of vital importance to the U.S., Japan and East Asia.

Activities at Japan Society are set against a stunning backdrop of indoor gardens, a reflecting pool and a waterfall. Facilities include a 262-seat theater, art gallery, language center, library and conference rooms. Japan Society's landmark building—located near the United Nations on 47th Street and First Avenue—was designed by architect Junzo Yoshimura and opened in 1971 as the first building in New York City by a leading Japanese architect. The classic elegance and simplicity of Yoshimura's original vision has been preserved even as the building has been enhanced by a substantial renovation.

Japan Society was founded on May 19, 1907 by a group of prominent New York business people and philanthropists, many of whom shaped the policies of exchange and collaboration that guided the Society until the outbreak of World War II. After the war, activities slowly resumed, and the stewardship of John D. Rockefeller 3rd from 1952 to 1978 led to a unified vision, a firm financial foundation, and a revitalized mission that continues to inspire and sustain the organization today.
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  • It is located about a 5-minute walk from the United Nations Headquarters. The exhibits were so busy that I couldn't see them, but they were equipped with a hall that could hold about 200 people, and they had performances and panel discussions. I can borrow the restroom alone in other reviews, but in NY it's pretty good.
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  • I went with a friend who did not know this gem of a place , peace and a sliver of Japan refinement in New York The artist who is like Cindy Sherman , a chameleon, portrayed himself in paintings by Man...  more »
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  • . Originally started and fostered by members of the Rockefeller Family, this iconic way station to Japanese culture and anything Japanese of note is grand. . In their current location for more than 50-years, the discrete, quiet, refined elegance are still quite powerful in a subtle manner. . Just love going there . . . . . Membership is a plus for those who thoroughly enjoy Japan transplanted in New York City. .
  • The tickets for the event was average . The location is beautiful and relaxing not a loud place . The location is located near many bars around and it might be hard to find parking near by without getting charged .
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