Family Programs


Family Programs

Japan Society's Family Programs bring together diverse communities to experience Japanese culture through storytelling, art making workshops and festivals.

Upcoming Events

Bilingual Kamishibai Mini-Library

Bilingual Kamishibai Mini-Library

We invite you to experience Japanese classical stories in our animated Bilingial Kamishibai Mini-Library.

Children's Day (Kodomo no Hi)
from Home

Children's Day: The Tale of Momotaro (Peach Boy)

Join us for Children's Day (Kodomo no Hi) at Home, Japan’s national holiday where all children are stars and their happiness is celebrated!

Watch a theatrical performance and an animation story telling of the classic story, Momotaro (Peach Boy), and learn the Momotaro dance! Afterwards, create your own koinobori, or carp streamers, and don your own origami kabuto samurai helmet with Children’s Day-themed craft projects you can do at home!

Shichi-Go-San 2020


Shichi-Go-San (七五三, lit. "Seven-Five-Three") is an ancient tradition that dates back to the Heian period of Japan (794-1185). 

Every year, we look forward to celebrating children’s health and sharing our joy with families through our annual Shichigosan (7-5-3) ceremony in collaboration with the International Shinto Foundation (ISF) at Japan Society. However, given the continuing global concerns around COVID-19, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Shichigosan ceremony. ISF and Japan Society will continue to be working in unison and supporting each other to hold Shichigosan 2021 and future editions. Thank you very much for your understanding.

インターナショナル・神道ファンデーション(ISF)との共催のもと、国際七五三を開催予定しておりましたが、新型コロナウイルス感染拡大防止のため、残念ながら本年は開催中止となりました。 何卒ご理解のほど宜しくお願いいたします。 For questions, please contact or 212-715-1275.

Family Membership

Every year, hundreds of families attend programs at Japan Society to experience Japanese culture, to reconnect with their Japanese heritage, and to create fond family memories. Your membership gives you and your loved ones free admission to Japan Society Gallery, discounts on programs, classes and workshops, and invitations to special events. We look forward to welcoming you to Japan Society soon!

Family Membership ($125)

Two adults and up to four children under 18

  • Free admission to gallery exhibitions
  • Invitations to members-only programs and gallery exhibition openings
  • Discounted tickets to box office events and family programs
  • Discounts on classes at the Toyota Language Center
  • Discounts on performing arts workshops for children and teens
  • Discounts on the Summer Immersion Program for students
  • Discounts on Japan Society exhibition catalogues
  • Subscription to bimonthly Calendar of Events


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Further Questions

For inquiries on Family & Education programs, please contact us at or 212-715-1275.

Education and Family Programs receive generous support from an anonymous donor, The Norinchukin Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Council Member Keith Powers through the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, the Japan-United States Friendship Commission as part of the institution-wide Passing the Torch series, and The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.

Additional support is provided by Benton.

Slideshow photos: © Daphne Youree; © George Hirose

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