Japan Society

Japan Society Founded in 1907, Japan Society in New York City presents sophisticated, topical and accessible experiences of Japanese art and culture, and facilitates the exchange of ideas, knowledge and innovation between the U.S.
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and Japan. Japan Society is an American nonprofit organization supported by individuals, foundations and corporations that brings the people of Japan and the United States closer together through mutual understanding, appreciation and cooperation. More than a hundred years after the Society's founding, its goal remains the same—the cultivation of a constructive, resonant and dynamic relationship between the people of the U.S.

and Japan. Japan Society is an American nonprofit organization supported by individuals, foundations and corporations that brings the people of Japan and the United States closer together through mutual understanding, appreciation and cooperation. More than a hundred years after the Society's founding, its goal remains the same—the cultivation of a constructive, resonant and dynamic relationship between the people of the U.S.

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To kick off #AAPIHeritageMonth, we are thrilled to share thatJapan Day 2021 is taking place online, through a nine-day, ...
05/01/2021

To kick off #AAPIHeritageMonth, we are thrilled to share that
Japan Day 2021 is taking place online, through a nine-day, family-friendly “Thank You Project” organized by the Japanese community to appreciate New York City. As a participating sponsor, we at Japan Society invite you all to join in on the festivities! See below for more details:

· PICK UP A COMMEMORATIVE TOTE BAG
Receive a Japan Day tote bag when you shop at participating Japanese stores in NYC. https://japandaynyc.org/japanese-stores/

· ENTER PRIZE GIVEAWAYS
Enter to win one of many great prizes, including a luxury watch, unique tea sets, an assortment of gift cards, and a round-trip ticket to Japan! https://japandaynyc.org/jdgiveaway2021/

· RECEIVE JAPAN DAY UPDATES
Follow the official Japan Day social media accounts to stay updated on the latest project news, while accessing messages and highlights from past performers and other guests: Japan Day @ Central Park, @japandaynyc on Twitter and Instagram.

· WATCH OUR LIVESTREAMED EVENT ON JAPAN DAY
Celebrate Japan Day on Sunday, May 9th at 11 AM ET through a livestreamed program hosted by Sandra Endo, and packed with curated performances and special video messages. View the lineup here: https://japandaynyc.org/onlineprogram/

Visit https://japandaynyc.org for more information!

To kick off #AAPIHeritageMonth, we are thrilled to share that
Japan Day 2021 is taking place online, through a nine-day, family-friendly “Thank You Project” organized by the Japanese community to appreciate New York City. As a participating sponsor, we at Japan Society invite you all to join in on the festivities! See below for more details:

· PICK UP A COMMEMORATIVE TOTE BAG
Receive a Japan Day tote bag when you shop at participating Japanese stores in NYC. https://japandaynyc.org/japanese-stores/

· ENTER PRIZE GIVEAWAYS
Enter to win one of many great prizes, including a luxury watch, unique tea sets, an assortment of gift cards, and a round-trip ticket to Japan! https://japandaynyc.org/jdgiveaway2021/

· RECEIVE JAPAN DAY UPDATES
Follow the official Japan Day social media accounts to stay updated on the latest project news, while accessing messages and highlights from past performers and other guests: Japan Day @ Central Park, @japandaynyc on Twitter and Instagram.

· WATCH OUR LIVESTREAMED EVENT ON JAPAN DAY
Celebrate Japan Day on Sunday, May 9th at 11 AM ET through a livestreamed program hosted by Sandra Endo, and packed with curated performances and special video messages. View the lineup here: https://japandaynyc.org/onlineprogram/

Visit https://japandaynyc.org for more information!

04/30/2021

バイリンガルのアメリカ人講師、ベン先生による日本人対象の英会話を開講いたします。世界中から受けられる、そしてジャパン・ソサエティーNYでしか受けられないオンライン授業です。
この動画で、ベン先生に会ってみませんか。

基本的な英語 ワークショップ Basic English Workshop
5月4日、午後2時(アメリカ東部夏時間)
www.japansociety.org/event/eC771EAFF-BB75-50E7-556241AC1E09F2C1

英会話体験講座 English Trial Lesson
5月5日、午後8時(アメリカ東部夏時間)/5月6日、午前9時(日本時間)
www.japansociety.org/event/english-trial-lesson

英会話教室 Early Summer English Courses
5月11日開講
www.japansociety.org/summer-2021/early-summer-english

何かご不明の点がございましたら、[email protected], 212-715-1269 までお問い合わせ下さい。

Japan Society’s Language Center offers comprehensive English (ESL) courses, a workshop, and trial lesson structured for Japanese natives. Learn from a bilingual American instructor from your preferred location through Zoom!
Questions? Please contact [email protected] or 212-715-1269.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcME7p06Ra8

On #InternationalDanceDay, we’d like to throw it back to this 2019 performance of ‘Pollen Revolution’ by Mitsutake Kasai...
04/29/2021

On #InternationalDanceDay, we’d like to throw it back to this 2019 performance of ‘Pollen Revolution’ by Mitsutake Kasai, son of legendary butoh pioneer Akira Kasai, as part of our biennial Contemporary Dance Festival: Japan + East Asia. The Society has a long history of presenting not only traditional dance, but also contemporary dance from Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

#tbt #dance #butoh
Image: (c) Julie Lemberger

On #InternationalDanceDay, we’d like to throw it back to this 2019 performance of ‘Pollen Revolution’ by Mitsutake Kasai, son of legendary butoh pioneer Akira Kasai, as part of our biennial Contemporary Dance Festival: Japan + East Asia. The Society has a long history of presenting not only traditional dance, but also contemporary dance from Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

#tbt #dance #butoh
Image: (c) Julie Lemberger

We are proud to share that our former President, Motoatsu Sakurai has been awarded The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Ray...
04/29/2021

We are proud to share that our former President, Motoatsu Sakurai has been awarded The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by the Government of Japan for his outstanding contributions to the promotion of mutual understanding and cultural exchange between the U.S and Japan. His strong devotion to promoting Japanese culture in America, coupled with extraordinary tenacity and stamina, helped elevate Japan Society to where we are today.

Under his leadership, Japan Society served as a source of aid for disaster relief in Japan. The Japan Earthquake Relief Fund (JERF) created in the wake of the 3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake raised over $14 million in donations, the highest sum raised among private non-profits countrywide. Proceeds subsequently helped to support 45 organizations, as well as 69 initiatives, in disaster relief in the affected areas in Japan. Similar endeavors were swiftly executed following both the Kumamoto Earthquake and Typhoon Hagibis. Among his greatest accomplishments was the founding of Japan Day, an annual, family-friendly festival featuring Japanese cultural traditions in the heart of New York City.

Japan Society could not be more pleased, and we offer our congratulations to Mr. Sakurai on this brilliant achievement.

https://bit.ly/3gSTzOj

An important message from our colleagues and friends at the Consulate General of Japan in New York. Please read and shar...
04/29/2021

An important message from our colleagues and friends at the Consulate General of Japan in New York. Please read and share with your community.

With Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month approaching, our Consulate has issued a statement on the rise of anti-Asian violence.
#StopAsianHate #AAPI

Register now for online summer classes with our Language Center—early pricing runs through today, 4/28! We’re offering l...
04/28/2021

Register now for online summer classes with our Language Center—early pricing runs through today, 4/28! We’re offering levels 1-13, special courses for anime fans at beginner and intermediate levels, JLPT & Kanji courses, J-Drama, and more!

More information and registration details at https://www.japansociety.org/page/programs/language_center/course_list/summer-2021/summer-japanese

#JSFromHome #JapaneseClasses #LearnJapanese #JLPT #Kanji

Register now for online summer classes with our Language Center—early pricing runs through today, 4/28! We’re offering levels 1-13, special courses for anime fans at beginner and intermediate levels, JLPT & Kanji courses, J-Drama, and more!

More information and registration details at https://www.japansociety.org/page/programs/language_center/course_list/summer-2021/summer-japanese

#JSFromHome #JapaneseClasses #LearnJapanese #JLPT #Kanji

Tonight, four rising choreographers from Japan and Taiwan come together for an online panel discussion on how COVID-19 h...
04/28/2021

Tonight, four rising choreographers from Japan and Taiwan come together for an online panel discussion on how COVID-19 has impacted how they present and conceive of their work and how it has provided new avenues for online dance-making. Listen as the artist reflect on their experiences in a seven-month virtual artist exchange hosted by Japan Society in cooperation with Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York. Register here: https://bit.ly/2Q31MEp

Tonight, four rising choreographers from Japan and Taiwan come together for an online panel discussion on how COVID-19 has impacted how they present and conceive of their work and how it has provided new avenues for online dance-making. Listen as the artist reflect on their experiences in a seven-month virtual artist exchange hosted by Japan Society in cooperation with Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York. Register here: https://bit.ly/2Q31MEp

Children’s Day is a national holiday in Japan and just around this corner. This Sunday, 5/2 marks the day when children ...
04/27/2021

Children’s Day is a national holiday in Japan and just around this corner. This Sunday, 5/2 marks the day when children are stars and their happiness is celebrated!

Join us for a series of live, online workshops focusing on the #TokyoGames for your little ones, we'll highlight popular sports from Japan including #Karate, #Aikido, and #Tateswordfighting!

https://www.japansociety.org/event/childrens-day-from-home-health-happiness-and-sports

#ChildrensDay #Japan #FamilyFun

In cooperation with Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York, the Society held a seven-month virtual artist exchange f...
04/23/2021
Contemporary Dance Choreographers' Virtual Exchange between Japan and Taiwan - Video Diary

In cooperation with Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York, the Society held a seven-month virtual artist exchange featuring Japanese butoh artists Kentaro Kujirai and Barabbas Okuyama and Taiwanese contemporary dance choreographers Hao Cheng and Wei-Chia Su. Since September 2020, the choreographers and their respective dance company members met once a month virtually to conduct joint workshops. This video diary series of their exchange offers viewers an inside look into their monthly bilingual (Japanese and Mandarin) workshops, and is a precursor to our online panel discussion on April 28 at 8 pm. View here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYW0JhHpzLc

Contemporary Dance Choreographers' Virtual Exchange between Japan and Taiwan - Video Diary SeriesSept. 2020—Mar. 2021https://www.japansociety.org/event/japan...

Unearthed just in time for #EarthDay is a rare and spectacular treat from our archives. Wooden bridge, wisteria, and lil...
04/22/2021

Unearthed just in time for #EarthDay is a rare and spectacular treat from our archives. Wooden bridge, wisteria, and lily pads, Tokyo, 1910. A glass lantern slide from a collection that belonged to Dr. Hamilton Holt, President of Rollins College, a member of Japan Society from 1910-1942, and was donated to the Society in 1965 by Dr. Holt's grandson, William H. Chadbourne.

#archive #glasslantern #tokyo #spring #wisteria #lilypads #bridge #JSFromHome

Unearthed just in time for #EarthDay is a rare and spectacular treat from our archives. Wooden bridge, wisteria, and lily pads, Tokyo, 1910. A glass lantern slide from a collection that belonged to Dr. Hamilton Holt, President of Rollins College, a member of Japan Society from 1910-1942, and was donated to the Society in 1965 by Dr. Holt's grandson, William H. Chadbourne.

#archive #glasslantern #tokyo #spring #wisteria #lilypads #bridge #JSFromHome

Japan Society extends its thoughts and prayers to Vice President Walter F. Mondale’s family on his recent passing. A for...
04/21/2021

Japan Society extends its thoughts and prayers to Vice President Walter F. Mondale’s family on his recent passing. A former Japan Society Director (1997-2003), Mondale was a gentle leader who strengthened the U.S.-Japan bridge as President Clinton’s Ambassador to Japan. His thoughtful, progressive, and outsized actions as the first U.S. presidential candidate to select a woman—Rep. Geraldine Ferraro—as his running mate in 1984 forever changed politics and, arguably, American history. As a U.S. Senator and as Vice President under Jimmy Carter, Mondale fundamentally improved the foundation on which our nation is built by creating new paths for women and minorities. We will miss his humble, caring spirit that was infused with integrity and optimism.

#WalterMondale

Japan Society extends its thoughts and prayers to Vice President Walter F. Mondale’s family on his recent passing. A former Japan Society Director (1997-2003), Mondale was a gentle leader who strengthened the U.S.-Japan bridge as President Clinton’s Ambassador to Japan. His thoughtful, progressive, and outsized actions as the first U.S. presidential candidate to select a woman—Rep. Geraldine Ferraro—as his running mate in 1984 forever changed politics and, arguably, American history. As a U.S. Senator and as Vice President under Jimmy Carter, Mondale fundamentally improved the foundation on which our nation is built by creating new paths for women and minorities. We will miss his humble, caring spirit that was infused with integrity and optimism.

#WalterMondale

Following the cancellation of our biennial Contemporary Dance Festival: Japan + East Asia, four emerging choreographers ...
04/14/2021

Following the cancellation of our biennial Contemporary Dance Festival: Japan + East Asia, four emerging choreographers in Japan and Taiwan have come together over the past seven months for a virtual artist exchange. One week from today, they will share their findings on dance-making during the pandemic in an online roundtable discussion entitled Japan x Taiwan: Choreographers Respond to COVID-19. The premiere on April 28 at 8 pm is free, but advanced registration is required. For more info: http://ow.ly/vNs650Eo18N

ジャパン・ソサエティー・語学センターでは、下記の日本人向けの英会話アクティビティを開催いたします。バイリンガルのアメリカ人講師、ベン先生による日本人対象の英会話です。世界中から受けられる、そしてジャパン・ソサエティーNYでしか受けられない授...
04/13/2021
Early Summer English: Summer 2021: Course List: Language Center: Programs: Japan Society

ジャパン・ソサエティー・語学センターでは、下記の日本人向けの英会話アクティビティを開催いたします。バイリンガルのアメリカ人講師、ベン先生による日本人対象の英会話です。世界中から受けられる、そしてジャパン・ソサエティーNYでしか受けられない授業です。

基本的な英語 ワークショップ Basic English Workshop
5月4日、午後2時(アメリカ東部夏時間)
www.japansociety.org/event/eC771EAFF-BB75-50E7-556241AC1E09F2C1

英会話体験講座 English Trial Lesson
5月5日、午後8時(アメリカ東部夏時間)/5月6日、午前9時(日本時間)
www.japansociety.org/event/english-trial-lesson

英会話教室 Early Summer English Courses
5月11日開講
www.japansociety.org/summer-2021/early-summer-english

何かご不明の点がございましたら、[email protected], 212-715-1269 までお問い合わせ下さい。

Japan Society’s Language Center offers comprehensive English (ESL) courses, a workshop, and a trial lesson structured for Japanese natives. Learn from a bilingual American instructor from your preferred location through Zoom!
Questions? Please contact [email protected] or 212-715-1269.

Please join our sister organization, the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth for the free webinar "7 Rules of Suc...
04/09/2021

Please join our sister organization, the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth for the free webinar "7 Rules of Successful Remote Working" with Shinji Koshikawa, CEO of Cross River Ltd and bestselling author. Learn how best to navigate the pitfalls of #WFH in order to thrive within it. Tuesday at 7:00 pm or Wednesday at 9:00 am.

Learn more and register via the link below: https://jasdfw.org/event/online-event-7-rules-of-successful-remote-working/

Please join our sister organization, the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth for the free webinar "7 Rules of Successful Remote Working" with Shinji Koshikawa, CEO of Cross River Ltd and bestselling author. Learn how best to navigate the pitfalls of #WFH in order to thrive within it. Tuesday at 7:00 pm or Wednesday at 9:00 am.

Learn more and register via the link below: https://jasdfw.org/event/online-event-7-rules-of-successful-remote-working/

Earlier this year, Japan Society and the Consulate General of Japan in New York reflected on the powerful and enduring c...
04/08/2021
The Ambassador and the Girl: A Story of War and Redemption

Earlier this year, Japan Society and the Consulate General of Japan in New York reflected on the powerful and enduring connection between the Japanese and Jewish peoples with a special event featuring Rabbi Aaron Kotler, President of Beth Medrash Govoha, and the story of his mother, a Jewish refugee escaping persecution who was granted a travel visa from Ambassador Yosh*tsugu Tatekawa in Moscow. Today on Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel, we again honor and celebrate the legacy of this story.

To view and enjoy the full program, please see the link below: https://bit.ly/3fQLkBX

The Ambassador and the Girl: A Story of War and Redemption------Visit: http://www.japansociety.org/page/calendarLike: https://www.facebook.com/japansocietyFo...

There are still plenty of chances to learn #Japanese or practice your conversational skills in the Late Spring semester!...
04/08/2021
Language Center: Programs: Japan Society

There are still plenty of chances to learn #Japanese or practice your conversational skills in the Late Spring semester! All classes, workshops, and events are being held online via Zoom—join us from your preferred location. Visit our website for a full list of offerings. www.japansociety.org/language

#LearnJapanese

Japan Society’s Toyota Language Center offers a variety of courses, workshops and intensives throughout the year in Japanese language and shodo (Japanese calligraphy), among other select courses. Founded in 1972, we are the premiere Japanese language center in New York City.

Read the latest from Japan Society President & CEO Joshua W. Walker, Ph.D. on our season of resiliency and reopening wit...
04/06/2021
A Season of Resiliency

Read the latest from Japan Society President & CEO Joshua W. Walker, Ph.D. on our season of resiliency and reopening with the exhibition When Practice Becomes Form: Carpentry Tools from Japan, celebrating the enduring and sustainable spirit of the centuries-long tradition of Japanese craftsmanship:
https://japansociety.medium.com/a-season-of-resiliency-5d261a72dd40

By Joshua W. Walker, Ph.D., President and CEO, Japan Society

Spring is finally here, and we're ready for some flowers! This May, join us for a four-lesson online course on ikebana, ...
04/04/2021

Spring is finally here, and we're ready for some flowers! This May, join us for a four-lesson online course on ikebana, Japanese flower arranging. #JSFromHome Learn more and sign up here: http://ow.ly/sEj850EbCAy

Spring is finally here, and we're ready for some flowers! This May, join us for a four-lesson online course on ikebana, Japanese flower arranging. #JSFromHome Learn more and sign up here: http://ow.ly/sEj850EbCAy

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333 E 47th St
New York, NY
10017

SUBWAY: #6 to 51st Street or 42nd Street - Grand Central Station, or the E or V to Lexington Avenue and 53rd Street. BUS: M15 to 47th Street, M101 or M102 north on Third Avenue to 47th Street, or crosstown M27, M50 or M42.

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Built on land donated by Rockefeller, Japan Society's building was designed by architect Junzo Yoshimura and opened in 1971 as the first building by a leading Japanese architect in New York City. Located near the United Nations on 47th Street and First Avenue across the street from Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza park--just a short walk from Grand Central Station--activities at Japan Society are set against a stunning backdrop of indoor gardens, a reflecting pool and a waterfall. Furnished with a superb collection of tables, chairs and benches designed by master woodworker George Nakashima, the facilities include a 262-seat theater, art gallery, language center, library, conference facilities and over three floors of administrative space. The classic elegance and simplicity of Yoshimura's original vision has been preserved even as the building has been enhanced by a substantial renovation completed in 1998.

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(212) 832-1155

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