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Shomyo: Buddhist Ritual Chant—Spiral Mandala Ceremony

February 24–27, 2022

A one-of-a-kind collaboration between Brooklyn-based media designer Tei Blow and Japanese composer Yu Kuwabara, this immersive audio performance features the ethereal voices of Shomyo no Kai—Voices of a Thousand Years, a group of two dozen priests from the esoteric Shingon and Tendai Buddhist sects.

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Shomyo Buddhist Chant Headshot Yu Kuwabara Tei Blow


Book Launch & Conversation: Okada Toshiki & Japanese Theatre

January 19, 2022 6:00 pm

Shomyo: Buddhist Ritual Chant—Spiral Mandala Ceremony

February 24, 2022 - February 27, 2022

Waves Across Time: Traditional Dance and Music of Okinawa

March 18, 2022 - March 19, 2022

OKI: Music of the Ainu

May 6, 2022 7:30 pm


Contemporary Dance Festival: Japan + East Asia

January 14, 2022 - January 15, 2022

Cooking Up

December 6, 2021 7:30 pm


November 4, 2021 - November 7, 2021

The Nosebleed

October 1, 2021 - October 10, 2021

The Society is excited to announce a return to live, in-person performance with programs in theater, dance, music and more. This Fall 2021, we spotlight local women theater makers with deep ties to the culture of Japan. In Spring 2022, we welcome back international artists from Japan and East Asia, and present a set of programs highlighting indigenous art forms from Japan’s northernmost and southernmost prefectures, Hokkaido and Okinawa.

2021-2022 Performing Arts Season

Lead Sponsor
MetLife Foundation

The season is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.


Major support is generously provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation and Doug and Teresa Peterson, with endowment support from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund and the Endowment for the Performing Arts, established with a leadership gift from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Howard Gilman

Additional support is provided by the Royal Little Family Foundation, Helen and Kenneth A. Cowin, Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Taeusch II, Dr. Jeanette C. Takamura, Estate of Alan M. Suhonen, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, Nancy and Joe Walker, Dr. John K. Gillespie, Paula S. Lawrence, Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Michiko Levine, Marjorie Neuwirth, Hiroko Onoyama, Lyndley and Samuel Schwab, and Nora and David Tezanos. Transportation assistance is provided by All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. Yamaha is the official piano provider of Japan Society. MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception is provided by MetLife Foundation.