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Kids & Family

Kids and Family programs bring together diverse communities to experience Japanese culture through storytelling, art making workshops and festivals.

Annual Festivities invite young children and their families to learn about traditional Japanese celebrations at Japan Society including the New Year’s Celebration, Children’s Day and the 7-5-3 Ceremony, offering fun performances, workshops and hands-on craft activities. In collaboration with Gallery and Performing Arts departments, age-appropriate Family Gallery Programs and Family Performing Arts Workshops are also provided throughout the year. Multi-lingual free online resource, Kamishibai Mini Library, for young audiences, is also available in Japanese-English bilingual format and in Spanish and Portuguese.

For more information please contact us at 212-715-1275 or

Bilingual Kamishibai Mini Library

Momotaro (Peach Boy)

Our mini kamishibai library offers some of Japan’s most popular stories featuring Japanese-English bilingual narration. Visit the mini library.

Upcoming Events

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Onigiri Action!

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Free Online Workshop for Families
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December 11, 2022
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11:00 am

Family Workshop on Kuruma Ningyo Puppetry

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Family Workshop
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February 25, 2023
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10:30 am

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


The Japan Society Junior Fellows Leadership program is supported by generous grants from an anonymous family foundation, ITO EN (North America) INC., Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), and The Norinchukin Foundation. Transportation assistance is provided by All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.