Circle of Friends

Join Japan Society’s Circle of Friends, a special group of individuals passionate about Japan, its arts and its culture. Comprising of leaders of the art, business and philanthropic communities, our Friends provide vital support that allows us to carry our mission, undertake important initiatives and feature Japan-related programs for people of various backgrounds and ages.

In addition to the opportunity to designate their generous gifts to support Japan Society’s program areas directly, our Friends get a range of special benefits, including invitations to exclusive events, networking opportunities, special offers, behind-the-scenes programs, and access to artists, scholars and other important figures in U.S.-Japan relations.


To learn more, contact Michiko Simanjuntak Grasso, Director of Individual Giving, at (212) 715-1270 or

Recent and Upcoming Event Highlights:

  • VIP opening of Points of Departure: Treasures of Japan from the Brooklyn Museum
  • Private walkthrough of The Armory Show with Director of Gallery, Miwako Tezuka
  • Tea and tour of Points of Departure with Miwako Tezuka and Brooklyn Museum’s Head Conservator of Objects, Lisa Bruno
  • Reception and open rehearsal for Pleiades with choreographer Luca Veggetti, dancer Megumi Nakamura and percussionist Kuniko Kato
  • Opening night inaugural preview of art+design new york at 82 Mercer
  • President’s Dinner at Gramercy Tavern with Chef Michael Anthony and Union Square Hospitality Group Partner and Director of Culinary Development, Michael Romano
  • Annual Oshogatsu (New Year’s) celebration
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 the Individual Giving office at (212) 715-1270.

Image at top: Japan Society Friends of the Gallery’s private viewing of Yayoi Kusama’s I Who Have Arrived in Heaven at David Zwirner. Photo © Japan Society/Yoko Suzuki.

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