This Fall:

  • Explore a multimedia installation of metaphorical noh theater created by Turner Prize-winning artist Simon Starling, paired with masterpieces of Modernist painting, drawing and sculpture in the Gallery fall exhibit Simon Starling: At Twilight. (October 14, 2016 – January 15, 2017).
  • Experience one of Japan’s most sought-after dancers in Takao Kawaguchi’s performance of About Kazuo Ohno—Reliving the Butoh Diva's Masterpieces, challenging himself to "copy" the dances of the late butoh master and co-founder Kazuo Ohno from archival recordings (September 16 and 17).
  • Join us for a one-time-only workshop on the traditional Japanese paper art of chigiri-e, led by visiting experts from Japan’s Gifu Prefecture (September 9).

  • Enjoy the best of Japanese cinema with our $5 Monthly Classics (special members-only price), including an intensely personal documentary, Blessed (Shukufuku) (September 9).

  • Participate in an array of programs from our Toyota Language Center, including immersive Japanese language classes for students of all levels, Nihongo Chat, an informal gathering to practice Japanese and English, and workshops; featuring including shodo, an art form using a brush and charcoal ink on paper, wood plaques, and fabric.

  • And much more.

Your membership gift helps Japan Society to grow and thrive for years to come. In return, your membership gives you exclusive benefits, invitations to special events and discounts on hundreds of performances, films, lectures and classes.


We look forward to seeing you at Japan Society!

Levels of Membership

Individual ($60) Dual ($100)

  • Free admission to gallery exhibitions
  • Invitations to members-only programs and gallery exhibition openings
  • Discounted tickets to box office events
  • Discounts on Toyota Language Center classes
  • Discounts on Japan Society exhibition catalogues
  • Subscription to bimonthly Calendar of Events
  • Free access to C.V. Starr Library

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Family ($125)

All Individual benefits for two adults and up to four children under 18

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Contributing ($150)

All Dual benefits, plus:
  • Complimentary ticket offers throughout the year
  • Two complimentary gallery passes each year

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Sustaining ($250)

All Contributing benefits, plus:

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Sponsor ($500)

All Sustaining benefits, plus:
  • Invitations to select private receptions and special film screenings
  • Invitations to private gallery tours
  • One select exhibition catalogue each year
  • One Individual ($60) gift membership for a person of your choice
  • Acknowledgment in Japan Society’s Annual Report

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Student/Senior ($40)

  • Student (full-time students with valid ID)
  • Senior (age 65 and older)
  • All Individual benefits

If you wish to join at the Student or Senior level, please contact the Membership Office at (212) 715-1270 or

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Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends giving begins at $1,000 and allows you either to focus your gift on particular programs or support our full range of programming. Special benefits accompany these levels.

Learn more about Circle of Friends

Japan Society is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization described in Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to Japan Society are deductible to the extent allowed by law. Certain goods and services provided in exchange for a donation may reduce the amount of a donor's charitable deduction. If you wish to make a donation but receive no benefits in return, please contact Japan Society.
Images: Izumi Higa, courtesy of Yokohama Noh Theater © Yoshiaki Kanda; Manabu Ikeda, (b. 1973), Foretoken (detail), 2008. Pen, acrylic ink on paper, mounted on boards; 72 x 132 in. Collection of Sustainable Investor Co. Ltd. © Manabu Ikeda, courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery, photo © Alan Klein.

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