Passing the Torch



April 7—August 8, 2021

From July 23 to August 8, 2021, the spotlight will shine on Tokyo, host to the world’s Summer Games. In celebration of this monumental event, Japan Society proudly presents Passing the Torch, a spirited program reflecting on sports in Japan.

Set to kick off as the Olympic flame makes its way across Japan, the series explores the Summer Games through a wide spectrum of programs, ranging from dynamic lectures to rare film screenings — plus a slate of fun, interactive family and educational experiences. All roads will lead to our online extravaganza this summer, with more program announcements at the end of May!


Talks+ Programs at Japan Society are generously sponsored by MUFG (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group). Additional support is provided by an anonymous donor and the Sandy Heck Lecture Fund.

Business & Policy programs are generously supported by Japan Society Global Leaders & Corporate Partners.


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Japan Society Film programs are generously supported by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund. Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, Masako H. Shinn, David Toberisky, Geoff and Fumi Matters, George Gallagher, Akiko Koide and Shohei Koide, Laurel Gonsalves, David S. Howe, and Masu Hiroshi Masuyama. Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor of Japan Society Film.

Education and Family Programs are generously supported by an anonymous donor, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and The Norinchukin Foundation.

Support for Japan Society's Toyota Language Center is provided, in part, by the NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust; Mark F. Goldfield and Mary E. Hatch; Christopher Hong; Steven Giordano; The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles; and Dr. Bic Kanayjorn.

The New York Community Trust

Slideshow: Rusty throwing student at dojo © Peter Perazio; The Chrysanthemum and the Guillotine © 2018 “The Chrysanthemum and the Guillotine” Project; © George Hirose; Tokyo Paralympics: Festival of Love and Glory © 1965 KADOKAWA.

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