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K-12 School Tours and Workshops

The goal of Japan Society is to introduce and connect students to the dynamic historic and contemporary culture of Japan through rotating exhibitions and engaging workshops led by experienced museum educators and teaching artists.

Maximum group size at one time is 30 students for both Virtual and On-site Gallery tour with a requirement of 1 chaperone for Virtual Gallery Tour and 2 chaperones for On-site Gallery Tour.

We request each reservation to be made at least two weeks in advance of your desired date. A one-week notice for any cancellations or changes is required to avoid fees barring extreme weather or case-by-case emergencies.

Limited on-site K-12 School Tours & Workshops are available in compliance with Japan Society’s Visitor Policies and Safety Protocols, along with all CDC, New York State, and New York City guidelines. For more details, please contact us at or (212) 715-1275.

Gallery Tour

1-30 students

Japan Society’s gallery tour offers an interactive art experience led by trained museum educators, who incorporate close-looking, personal connections, inquiry, and related activities for K-12 students. (Virtual tours are 45 minutes; On-site tours are 60 minutes)

Shikō Munakata: A Way of Seeing
December 10, 2021 – March 20, 2022
Primarily known for his powerfully expressive woodblock prints, this exhibition reveals the breadth of celebrated artist Shikō Munakata’s (1903-1975) oeuvre, which spanned from prints to calligraphy, sumi ink paintings, watercolors, lithography, and ceramics. With his bold, spontaneous, and sketch-like lines, Munakata developed an innovative style that revolutionized the woodblock print. Munakata incorporated diverse sources and inspiration in his dynamic works, including Japanese folk tales, Buddhism, Western literature and poetry, and nature motifs, represented by works in the exhibition.

School Virtual On-site
NYCDOE Title I Schools Free Free
NYCDOE Non-Title 1 Schools $100 $150
NYC Private & Outside of NYC Schools $150 $250

Arts & Culture Workshops

Workshops are longer, immersive hands-on experiences led by professional artists that connect K-12 audiences with traditional and contemporary approaches to Japanese art and culture.

Sumi-e Ink Painting (grades K-12)
1-30 students
Students will learn about the ancient tradition of Japanese ink painting and learn to create their own paintings with a professional sumi-e artist! (Virtual workshops are 60 minutes; On-site workshops are 90 minutes)

Manga Workshop (grades 3-12)
1-30 students
Experience one of Japan’s most popular and contemporary art styles with this manga workshop! Students will be guided through a step-by-step demonstration of one of Japan’s most popular manga characters with the help of a professional manga artist. (Virtual workshops are 60 minutes; On-site workshops are 75 minutes)

School Virtual & On-site
NYCDOE Title 1 Schools Free
NYCDOE Non-Title 1 Schools $275
NYC Private & Outside of NYC Schools $375

Education and Family Programs are generously supported by an anonymous donor; ORIX Corporation USA; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; The Norinchukin Foundation; Hiroko Onoyama; The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles; and Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Taeusch II.