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.Plan to visit Japan Society during your New York City vacation using our convenient New York City online road trip planner .
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.
Japan Society Reviews
This was the first time in ten years I had been at the Japan Society for an event. The last time had been the Godzilla exhibition over a decade ago. I came in for the Society's Film Festival and it wa... more »
Beautiful little place with a very interesting exhibit on Japanese artists in the 1960's A beautiful peaceful place. more »
I think the Japan Society has a lot of unique things to offer for people in New York City. They have really great events. I love going to the discussions they usually have and it is a great place to meet people and network. Usually these events have Japanese food at the end, which is also very delicious. I have been to about 3-4 events hosted by them while I was working at the United Nations. They do treat students well and give good rates (free times) for interns at the United Nations
We love it here. We have been attending events here for just about 12 years--I've just before our older daughter, Kata, was born. Haruna has done an excellent job of speaking Japanese to both of our girls--and, as a result, they are bilingual. They attend a Japanese Saturday school in the City, where they learn numerous aspects of the language and culture. The Japan Society--with their numerous wonderful events--is an excellent augmentation to this process of helping our children better understand their Japanese selves!
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