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Japan Society Founded in 1907, Japan Society in New York City presents sophisticated, topical and accessible exper
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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. Activit

ies 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.

🗞️   is a New York Times Critic’s Pick!"But by focusing on four Japanese women, the show asks: Who stands the test of ti...
10/30/2023

🗞️ is a New York Times Critic’s Pick!

"But by focusing on four Japanese women, the show asks: Who stands the test of time? Who doesn’t? Was Fluxus really a blueprint for the future?" writes Martha Schwendener.

Read the full review in The New York Times and learn more about Japan Society's latest exhibition at the 🔗 below!



A show at the Japan Society focuses on four innovators who created a blueprint for a new society with postcards, scissors, chess sets and instructions.

We're thrilled to announce a members-only preview screening of Hayao Miyazaki's THE BOY AND THE HERON on Friday, Novembe...
10/27/2023

We're thrilled to announce a members-only preview screening of Hayao Miyazaki's THE BOY AND THE HERON on Friday, November 17 at 8:30 pm!

A semi-autobiographical fantasy about life, death and creation, Studio Ghibli's latest masterpiece had its U.S. premiere at the New York Film Festival and marks Academy Award-winning director Miyazaki's first film in 10 years. We're can't wait to share its magic with you ahead of GKIDS' nationwide theatrical release on December 8!

🎟️ Japan Society members can get tickets to our exclusive preview screening NOW: japansoc.org/BoyandHeron

10/26/2023

An artistic movement that did not create by the rules, very likely had more artists of color and women than any other historical movement before it.

And yet, for the past 60 years since its founding, the movement has predominantly garnered attention for its American and European adherents—with little acknowledgment of the profound contributions of Japanese artists.

This exhibition aims to change that.

The first-ever show dedicated to the essential role of Japanese women artists in Fluxus, illuminates the trailblazing efforts of Shigeko Kubota, Yoko Ono, Takako Saito and Mieko Shiomi.

See it now through January 21, 2024: japansoc.org/Fluxus

📸 Photography © Adrianna Glaviano.

10/26/2023

While hard power zeroes in on what can be physically controlled such as an empire by force, soft power is an empire by invitation.

See what’s screening at Japan Society this November: 🍂 The first Japanese release from the legendary Art Theatre Guild, ...
10/24/2023

See what’s screening at Japan Society this November:

🍂 The first Japanese release from the legendary Art Theatre Guild, Hiroshi Teshigahara’s PITFALL (1962) treads between social realism and kaidan (ghost story), occupying the space of “documentary fantasy” to deliver a haunting tale of alienation and labor exploitation in postwar Japan.

🎟 Friday, Nov. 3 at 7 pm

🍂 Brought to life by innovative animation studio STUDIO4ºC, POUPELLE OF CHIMNEY TOWN follows the story of Lubicchi, a boy yearning to see the stars in an isolated town shrouded in chimney smoke. Screening followed by a discussion w/ creator Akihiro Nishino on stage!

🎟 Saturday, Nov. 18 at 6 pm

Learn more & get your tickets at japansociety.org/film/

Last chance to register! Japan Society and the International Shinto Foundation are thrilled to invite families of all ba...
10/23/2023

Last chance to register! Japan Society and the International Shinto Foundation are thrilled to invite families of all backgrounds to experience the cherished Japanese tradition of (literally “seven-five-three”), a Shinto ritual celebrating the growth and well-being of children aged 3, 5 and 7. Join us for any of the following sessions this weekend:

🧧 Saturday, October 28, 1 pm
🧧 Sunday, October 29, 10 am & 1 pm

Don't miss out—registration remains open through Monday, Oct. 23 at 5 pm (or until the event is full).

Learn more: japansoc.org/Shichigosan

📸 George Hirose

📻 Announcing "Yasunao Tone: Improvisation" on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 pm! Since its inception in 1962, the   movement pr...
10/21/2023

📻 Announcing "Yasunao Tone: Improvisation" on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 pm!

Since its inception in 1962, the movement proved that music could be a catalyst for radical artistic expression. Central to this avant-garde phenomenon was Yasunao Tone—the co-founder of Tokyo-based collective Group Ongaku—who fused music, performance and visual arts to pioneer a new kind of soundscape.

In conjunction with our latest exhibition, we're thrilled to present a ONE-NIGHT-ONLY event with the legendary Japanese sound artist, alongside experimental musician, composer, and vocal performer Tomomi Adachi.

🎟️ Reserve your spot: japansoc.org/Improvisation

And while you're here, don't forget to explore the visionary works of Fluxus artists Shigeko Kubota, Yoko Ono, Mieko Shiomi and Takako Saito in our gallery!

📸 [1] Yasunao Tone performing Music for 2 CD Players at Experimental Intermedia Foundation, New York, 1986.

“It’s hard to imagine the new music world without Cage," notes Dr. James Pritchett, who will be leading a pre-concert le...
10/20/2023

“It’s hard to imagine the new music world without Cage," notes Dr. James Pritchett, who will be leading a pre-concert lecture at Japan Society for the opening night of this Saturday.

📰 Read more about the intriguing stories behind our John Cage's Japan concert series in Classical Voice North America:
https://classicalvoiceamerica.org/2023/09/27/six-decades-later-cage-in-musical-spirit-meets-the-japanese-once-more/

P.S. Tickets are still available for the matinee performance of Tomomi Adachi's Zen garden-inspired "Ryoanji" this Sunday, Oct. 22 at 2 pm. Learn more here: japansoc.org/Ryoanji

📸 John Cage at Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto (October 1962)
© Yasuhiro Yoshioka, Courtesy of Sogetsu Foundation.

It's lunchtime and we're dreaming about this steaming bowl of  , an iconic Japanese stew packed with meat, veggies & noo...
10/18/2023

It's lunchtime and we're dreaming about this steaming bowl of , an iconic Japanese stew packed with meat, veggies & noodles in a sweet and savory broth!

Join us this Sunday, Oct. 22 at 5 pm ET for the latest edition of the family-friendly online cooking class series and learn to make this fall favorite at home. Vegetarian options are available.

🧑‍🍳 Learn more & sign up here: japansoc.org/Ouchigohan

🎼   opens THIS WEEKEND! Here's a peek behind the scenes of Tomomi Adachi's cutting-edge concert featuring mesmerizing vi...
10/18/2023

🎼 opens THIS WEEKEND! Here's a peek behind the scenes of Tomomi Adachi's cutting-edge concert featuring mesmerizing visuals and new music inspired by 's original 1983 composition.

Due to popular demand, we just added a new show on Oct. 22—learn more & secure your seat here: japansoc.org/Ryoanji

🎞💥 Reliving some MONSTROUS moments from Japan Society and Toho Godzilla's 35mm screening of the original 1954   last wee...
10/18/2023

🎞💥 Reliving some MONSTROUS moments from Japan Society and Toho Godzilla's 35mm screening of the original 1954 last weekend!

Hosted in celebration of the upcoming , hitting nationwide theaters on December 1, 2023, the event featured an exclusive art print gifted to every attendee and a very special first look at a NEW upcoming trailer for Godzilla Minus One. Thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating the past and future of this kaiju icon.

📸 Ayumi Sakamoto

From the archives! 🏢👉 Take a look inside this architectural model of Japan Society's building, photographed before const...
10/16/2023

From the archives! 🏢👉 Take a look inside this architectural model of Japan Society's building, photographed before construction officially began in 1969. Do you recognize any of these features?

We’re opening our doors for the 21st Annual Open House New York Weekend! Visit us this Sunday, Oct. 22 to explore the history behind our landmarked headquarters through in-person guided tours and enjoy FREE gallery admission to "Out of Bounds: Japanese Women Artists in Fluxus" all day.

Check tour times & learn more about what's on during here: ohny.org/place/japan-society

✨ NOW OPEN ✨ Thank you to everyone who joined us last night during the opening reception of "Out of Bounds: Japanese Wom...
10/13/2023

✨ NOW OPEN ✨ Thank you to everyone who joined us last night during the opening reception of "Out of Bounds: Japanese Women Artists in Fluxus"—on view now through January 21, 2024.

With nearly 200 works on display (including several interactive pieces), this sprawling exhibition provides an unparalleled window into the avant-garde art movement of the 1960s and '70s, shedding new light on the contributions of four Japanese women artists: Shigeko Kubota, Yoko Ono, Takako Saito and Mieko Shiomi.

Our gallery is open all weekend from noon to 6 pm! Plan your visit to today: japansoc.org/Fluxus

📸 Zhen Qin

10/13/2023
📕 Fluxus / 'fluksus / noun (Latin)1. A continuous moving on or passing by, as of a flowing streamFluidity. Indeterminacy...
10/12/2023

📕 Fluxus / 'fluksus / noun (Latin)
1. A continuous moving on or passing by, as of a flowing stream

Fluidity. Indeterminacy. Subversion. These were the guiding principals of —a transnational movement that began in the early 1960s as a network of artists, composers and poets who crossed boundaries and defined new modes of artistic expression.

OPENING TOMORROW ‼️ Japan Society’s fall exhibition will be the first to fully explore the essential role of Japanese women in Fluxus, showcasing nearly 200 works by pioneering artists Shigeko Kubota, Yoko Ono, Takako Saito and Mieko Shiomi.

Be among the first to visit “Out of Bounds: Japanese Women Artists in Fluxus” when it opens on Oct. 13: japansoc.org/Fluxus

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🖼 Various Artists with George Brecht, Stanley Brouwn, Congo (a Chimpanzee), Dick Higgins, Joe Jones, Alison Knowles, Takehisa Kosugi, Shigeko Kubota, György Sándor Ligeti, George Maciunas, Jackson Mac Low, Benjamin Patterson, Takako Saito, Mieko Shiomi, Ben Vautier, Robert Watts, Emmett Williams and La Monte Young, "Fluxus 1," 1964. Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY.

Jazz legend and Grammy Award-winning composer Hiromi Uehara graced the stage last Friday as we presented the North Ameri...
10/11/2023

Jazz legend and Grammy Award-winning composer Hiromi Uehara graced the stage last Friday as we presented the North American premiere of ! 🎤🎶

Thank you to everyone who joined us for yet another tremendous, sold-out anime event at Japan Society. Underpinned by Hiromi's electric jazz soundtrack, director Yuzuru Tachikawa's (MOB PSYCHO 100) latest film is a must-see for music and manga fans. Special thanks to GKIDS for collaborating with us on this special screening!

🔥 Make sure to check out Hiromi's concerts at Sony Hall on Oct. 13 & 14.

📸 Ayumi Sakamoto

📢 NEW show added! Due to popular demand, we're thrilled to announce a second performance of   on Oct. 22. Don't miss thi...
10/11/2023

📢 NEW show added! Due to popular demand, we're thrilled to announce a second performance of on Oct. 22. Don't miss this Zen garden-inspired concert based on John Cage's original 1983 composition—secure your seat at the link below.

Composer/musician/vocal performer Tomomi Adachi brings musicians in Japan and New York together through the internet for a high-tech version of John Cage’s composition Ryoanji.

Last week, our members had the pleasure of spending the evening with renowned koto and shamisen player Masayo Ishigure, ...
10/10/2023

Last week, our members had the pleasure of spending the evening with renowned koto and shamisen player Masayo Ishigure, hailed by Newsweek as one of “100 Japanese People the World Respects.”

The intimate gathering was part of our ongoing "Ichi-go Ichi-e" series, which invites Japan Society members to experience the artistry of traditional Japanese musicians at Globus Wash*tsu—a stunning Kyoto-style tatami room and ryokan located in the heart of New York.

Thank you to our longtime friend and supporter Stephen Globus for making this event possible!

🍵 P.S. “Ichi-go Ichi-e” (一期一会) is a Japanese idiom that means “one opportunity, one encounter.” Rooted in Buddhist philosophy, the phrase embodies the idea that every encounter should be treasured, because it will never occur again.

🪨 Japan's most famous rock garden—the inspiration behind  ’s 1983 composition “Ryoanji”—can be found at Ryoanji Temple i...
10/06/2023

🪨 Japan's most famous rock garden—the inspiration behind ’s 1983 composition “Ryoanji”—can be found at Ryoanji Temple in northwest Kyoto. Here's a photo of the composer's first visit in 1962!

Next up in our John Cage’s Japan series, composer/musician/vocal performer Tomomi Adachi reimagines Cage's original piece in a cutting-edge concert featuring hypnotic 3D visuals and a performance by New York’s International Contemporary Ensemble, with musicians streaming live from a tea house in Kanagawa City.

Our Oct. 21 performance of is SOLD OUT, but stay tuned—we’ll be announcing an additional show soon! ✨✨

japansoc.org/JohnCage

📸 © Photo by Yasuhiro Yoshioka, Courtesy of Sogetsu Foundation

Opening next weekend ‼️ Here’s a little sneak peek of what’s been brewing in our gallery. See “Out of Bounds: Japanese W...
10/04/2023

Opening next weekend ‼️

Here’s a little sneak peek of what’s been brewing in our gallery. See “Out of Bounds: Japanese Women Artists in Fluxus” when the exhibition opens on Oct. 13.

Learn more & book your visit here: japansoc.org/Fluxus

TONIGHT ✨🎭 We’re finally lifting the curtain on our fall performing arts series, John Cage’s Japan—opening this evening ...
09/28/2023

TONIGHT ✨🎭 We’re finally lifting the curtain on our fall performing arts series, John Cage’s Japan—opening this evening with Paul Lazar’s critically acclaimed . We can’t wait to share this one-of-a-kind production with you all!

P.S. Tickets are still available for “Cage Shuffle” this Friday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 pm, followed by an artist Q&A with Lazar and Tony Award-winning choreographer Annie-B Parson.

🎟 japansoc.org/CageShuffle

🕊 Last week, we celebrated the UN’s International Day of Peace with an exceptional lineup of speakers and artists at Pea...
09/26/2023

🕊 Last week, we celebrated the UN’s International Day of Peace with an exceptional lineup of speakers and artists at Peace Symposium New York 2023—which we were honored to co-present with Portland Japanese Garden's Japan Institute.

Here a few moments from the evening! Highlights included a keynote address by former UNICEF USA CEO Caryl Stern, a presentation from renowned Japanese painter , an insightful panel discussion and poetry readings by Nomi Stone, as well as the winners of the 2023 Poetry for Peace Competition USA.

Thank you to everyone who joined us during week to explore the pivotal role of art and cultural institutions as platforms for peacebuilding!

📸 Jane Kratochvil



"Cage’s vision of life and music—his embrace of indeterminacy and chance; his use of and trust in silence—was shaped by ...
09/25/2023

"Cage’s vision of life and music—his embrace of indeterminacy and chance; his use of and trust in silence—was shaped by Japanese philosophy, religion and aesthetics."

Thank you Zachary Woolfe and The New York Times for spotlighting our fall performing arts series, John Cage's Japan! 🎵✨

As Woolfe puts it: "For Cage, Zen was not only an aesthetic inspiration; it also spoke to his more general desire to re-energize a Western world he perceived as in serious crisis."

Join us in illuminating the avant-garde composer's deep connection to Japan and Zen as Paul Lazar's takes the stage this week! Learn more here: japansoc.org/JohnCage

After a 1962 visit, a mutual love affair began between the composer and the country’s musicians. A new series at the Japan Society explores this relationship.

09/22/2023

John Cage, one of the 20th century’s most iconoclastic avant-garde artists, was profoundly influenced by his experiences in Japan in the early 1960s. Here's Laura Kuhn, executive director of the John Cage Trust, with a few words on our fall performing arts series, "John Cage's Japan." 🎙️✨

We're less than one week away from the series' first performance! Running for two nights only on Sept. 28 & 29, Paul Lazar's "Cage Shuffle" is the perfect introduction to Cage's music, featuring a mesmerizing blend of spoken word and movement choreographed by Tony Award-winner Annie-B Parson.

🎟️ Get tickets & learn more here: japansoc.org/JohnCage

09/20/2023

We can’t wait for our series of performances with Tomomi Adachi at Japan Society as part of their “John Cage’s Japan Series.” Don’t miss out on this first-ever John Cage festival that focuses on Japan’s influence on this significantly influential composer of the 20th century!

First up is RYOANJI on October 21. Embracing Cage’s free-spirited approach to the score, composer/musician/vocal performer Tomomi Adachi brings his composition to life in a cutting-edge concert that connects two cities remotely. Mike Lormand (trombone), Lizzie Burns (double bass), and Clara Warnaar (percussion) will perform alongside musicians in Kanazawa City, Japan – Hitomi Nakamura on the ancient hichiriki woodwind and Maki Ota on vocals – streaming live from a tea house.

Tickets at https://japansociety.org/events/ryoanji/

In celebration of  , our friends at Christie's New York invited Japan Society members to go behind the scenes at auction...
09/19/2023

In celebration of , our friends at Christie's New York invited Japan Society members to go behind the scenes at auction last weekend—here are some highlights from the private tour! 🖼️👏

A huge thank you to Hua Zhou, Junior Specialist in Japanese and Korean Art at Christie’s, for guiding our members through this selection of artworks, including iconic woodblock prints like Hokusai's "Great Wave," as well as stunning Joseon Period ceramics and other significant prints, paintings and sculptures.

We had a fantastic time exploring these incredible pieces of art with you!

POV you're commuting to work this morning ☔Here are some chaotic, storm-inspired   prints to help cure your rainy Monday...
09/18/2023

POV you're commuting to work this morning ☔

Here are some chaotic, storm-inspired prints to help cure your rainy Monday blues—including one of the best-known scenes from Utagawa Hiroshige's famed "Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō" series (second image).

🖼️ [1] Katsushika Hokusai, "Shower at the New Yanagi Bridge," 1806.

🖼️ [2] Utagawa Hiroshige, "Sudden Shower at Shōno, from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō," 1834–35.

🖼️ [3] Utagawa Kuniyoshi, "Onmayagashi in Edo," 1830–44.

🎷🔥 PSA anime & jazz lovers! We're excited to announce that BLUE GIANT will have its North American premiere at Japan Soc...
09/13/2023

🎷🔥 PSA anime & jazz lovers! We're excited to announce that BLUE GIANT will have its North American premiere at Japan Society on Oct. 6—followed by a special on-stage conversation with world-famous pianist and jazz icon Hiromi Uehara.

Adapted from Shinichi Ishizuka's renowned manga of the same name, director Yuzuru Tachikawa's (MOB PSYCHO 100) latest film is a stirring ode to the power of music, featuring a stunning new soundtrack from Hiromi. Tickets on sale NOW! 🎟️

This screening is in collaboration with GKIDS in celebration of their nationwide release of on Oct. 8 and 9. Learn more here: japansoc.org/BlueGiant

🍱 Learn to make a classic Japanese lunch just in time for back-to-school season! Next up in the family-friendly   series...
09/07/2023

🍱 Learn to make a classic Japanese lunch just in time for back-to-school season! Next up in the family-friendly series is sanshoku gohan (tricolor rice bowls), with a side of miso soup and apple bunnies.

You can still sign up here: http://japansoc.org/Ouchigohan

Did someone say encore? 🤭✨ Following the instant sell-out of our 9/10 ANGEL'S EGG screening with special guest Yosh*taka...
09/05/2023

Did someone say encore? 🤭✨

Following the instant sell-out of our 9/10 ANGEL'S EGG screening with special guest Yosh*taka Amano—we're thrilled to announce an ADDITIONAL SCREENING of the stunning anime cult classic this Sunday at 3:30 pm!

This additional screening will feature post-screening remarks from Amano live on stage. (Please Note: This event does not include a Q&A or reception.)

Tickets NOW available: japansoc.org/AngelsEgg2

🎨 We're especially excited to co-present both ANGEL'S EGG screenings with LOMEX Gallery, whose exhibition "Yosh*taka Amano – The Birth of Myth" opens Sept. 9. Be sure to check it out!

🎨🧑‍🎓 Tomorrow is the last day of Japan Society's School Partnership Student Exhibition! Over the past few weeks, we've e...
08/31/2023

🎨🧑‍🎓 Tomorrow is the last day of Japan Society's School Partnership Student Exhibition!

Over the past few weeks, we've enjoyed sharing these vibrant student artworks—ranging from sumi-e (ink paintings) to manga-inspired portraits—with visitors and staff in our A-level lobby.

Launched last fall, Japan Society's School Partnership (JSSP) program aims to make quality arts and culture programming and learning opportunities more accessible to underserved schools in NYC through free gallery tours, family festivities, hands-on workshops and afterschool activities.

This free, public exhibition showcases the experiences, creativity and growth of students from our four partner schools during the 2022-23 school year. We hope you have a chance to drop by before it closes this Friday!

Learn more about School Partnerships here: japansoc.org/JSSP

📰 Thrilled to be featured in ウェブ版美術手帖 (Bijutsu Techo), one of the longest-standing arts publications in Japan! We can't ...
08/30/2023

📰 Thrilled to be featured in ウェブ版美術手帖 (Bijutsu Techo), one of the longest-standing arts publications in Japan! We can't wait to share our fall exhibition with you.

Featuring the works of four pioneering Japanese artists—Shigeko Kubota, Yoko Ono, Takako Saito and Mieko Shiomi—"Out of Bounds: Japanese Women Artists in Fluxus" opens Oct. 13!

久保田成子、オノ・ヨーコ、斉藤陽子、塩見允枝子といった、フルクサスにおける日本人女性アーティストの重要な役割に焦点を当てる展覧会「アウト・オブ・バウンズ フルクサスと日本人女性芸…

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Greetings from Ainu musician OKI and the members of the OKI DUB AINU BAND, who will be performing live at Japan Society on Friday, May 6 as part of their All-America tour 🥁👏

As we head into , we invite you to explore the diversity of Japanese culture through this in-person program spotlighting — the music of Japan’s northernmost indigenous people.

🎟️ Learn more & secure your tickets at japansoc.org/OKI
Documenting the historical, political and cultural spaces of Okinawa around the time of its 1972 reversion from American sovereignty back to Japan, our upcoming Globus Film Series—Visions of Okinawa: Cinematic Reflections—launches on May 13!

Explore the full lineup and secure your tickets today at the link below🎟👇

In commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japan, Japan Society is engaging in a dynamic year-long exploration of the archipelago’s people, culture, history and geopolitical significance. Learn more about the series at japansoc.org/Okinawa.
Join us on Monday, May 9 at 7 pm ET for a timely discussion on U.S.-Japan relations in the context of the conflict and China's growing influence worldwide.

In this webinar, Nobukatsu Kanehara, former Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Joseph Nye, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, examine the current uncertainty affecting U.S.-Japan relations, as well as the impact of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue ( ).

Moderated by Takako Hikotani, professor at Gakushuin University International Centre.

Register for free today: japansoc.org/GeopoliticsAsia
Learn to read and write hiragana, enrich your vocabulary with Japanese onomatopoeia and more in our one-day, online workshops—all led by native Japanese instructors with extensive teaching experience.

Here’s what we’re offering this spring:

🌸 Fundamentals of Kanji Workshops
🗓 Friday, April 22, 6:30-8:30 pm EDT (Part 1)
🗓 Friday, April 29, 6:30-8:30 pm EDT (Part 2)

🌸 Learn to Read Hiragana & Katakana Workshops
🗓 Friday, May 6, 6:30-8:30 PM EDT (Hiragana)
🗓 Thursday, May 12, 6:30-8:30 PM EDT (Katakana)

🌸 Nihongo Chat (Virtual Language Exchange)
🗓Monday, May 9, 7-8 pm EDT

🌸 Japanese Onomatopoeia Workshop
🗓 Wednesday, May 11, 6:30-8:30 PM EDT

Learn more & register: japansoc.org/JapaneseWorkshops

Update: 🚨🍿GHOST IN THE SHELL is sold out 🚨🍿 We're beyond thrilled to launch our series tonight with Mamoru Oshii’s seminal classic—if you purchased a ticket, be sure to join us at 6 pm for a pre-screening party and snap a photo in costume with our supporter banner for a chance to win an exciting prize✨

In case you can't make it to tonight's screening, explore our full lineup below👇 Up next is a rare 35mm presentation of THE ANIMATRIX (2003), screening Friday, May 27 at 7 pm.
Opening on April 29—We’re pleased to present the solo exhibition “Kazuko Miyamoto: To perform a line,” the first institutional survey of the Tokyo-born artist’s pioneering career.

A connector, curator, gallerist and champion for underrepresented artists, Miyamoto has lived and worked in the Lower East Side of Manhattan since 1964, when she was in her early twenties. This exhibition reclaims the artist’s contributions to (and subversions of) the movement, challenging its general understanding as male dominated, and explores what it means to be a woman and an immigrant making art in New York City.

Learn more & plan your visit: japansoc.org/KazukoMiyamoto



🎨 "Plant Kimono," 1991, Photo transfer on silk (52 in x 46 in), Courtesy of the artist and Zürcher Gallery, New York/Paris.
This Friday’s in-person screening of GHOST IN THE SHELL is almost sold out! Secure your seats today to experience Mamoru Oshii’s groundbreaking cyberpunk classic on the big screen, screening April 15 at 7 pm 📽️👏

Plus: To celebrate of the launch of our series, audiences are invited to a pre-screening party at 6 pm with Japanese food & snacks. Arrive in your cyberpunk best and take a photo in costume with our supporter banner (make sure to tag 👆) for a chance to receive a dual membership to Japan Society!

🍿 japansoc.org/MonthlyAnime
A vintage telephone card featuring artwork from Masamune Shirow’s groundbreaking 1989 manga series, “Ghost in the Shell” ☎️✨

Originally published in Tokyo’s Weekly Young Magazine, the series follows the episodic adventures of cyborg officer Major Motoko Kusanagi—the last two chapters of which served as the basis for Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 feature film adaptation, screening in person next Friday, April 15 at 7 pm as part of our series.

Join us at 6 pm for a pre-screening party with Japanese food and snacks provided by Kikkoman. The first 10 people to take photos in costume with our supporter banner and tag Japan Society on social media will receive a dual membership to Japan Society!

🎟 japansoc.org/MonthlyAnime
We're proud to celebrate in May with OKI, one of the best-known musicians of Japan's northernmost indigenous people, the Ainu.

For one night only on Friday, May 6 at 7:30 pm, OKI and his band will perform an in-person concert of traditional pieces alongside contemporary works from his just-released 2022 album, Tonkori in the Moonlight.

🎟 japansoc.org/OKI
Calling all anime lovers in NYC! We’re excited to announce a new year-round film series exploring the legacy of Japanese animation. Kicking off on April 15 with a Mamoru Oshii’s seminal cyberpunk classic GHOST IN THE SHELL (1995)— offers an eclectic range of classic, underseen and contemporary visions from Japanese anime, presented in-person in our auditorium.

🎟 Tickets now available at japansoc.org/MonthlyAnime 🎟

🍿GHOST IN THE SHELL
🗓Friday, April 15 at 7 pm
✨Join us before the film for a 6 pm pre-screening party with Japanese food and snacks.

🍿 THE ANIMATRIX
🗓Friday, May 27 at 7 pm

🍿 THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL
🗓Friday, June 17 at 7 pm

🍿 PRINCESS MONONOKE
🗓Friday, July 22 at 7 pm