Individuals

Circle of Friends

Join Japan Society’s Circle of Friends, a special group of individuals passionate about Japan, its arts and its culture. Comprising of leaders of the art, business and philanthropic communities, our Friends provide vital support that allows us to carry out our mission, undertake important initiatives and feature Japan-related programs for people of various backgrounds and ages.

In addition to the opportunity to designate their generous gifts to support Japan Society’s program areas directly, our Friends get a range of special benefits, including invitations to exclusive events, networking opportunities, special offers, behind-the-scenes programs, and access to artists, scholars and other important figures in U.S.-Japan relations. To learn more, please contact us at (212) 715-1270 or membership@japansociety.org.

“[We] really appreciate the Japan Society’s programs, and the staff that bring these programs together.”


Patron Circle ($1,000+)


  • Invitation to the annual New Year’s party
  • Invitations to VIP exhibition previews and receptions
  • Exclusive access to visual and performing artists, curators and speakers through private tours, gatherings and events
  • 6 complimentary gallery guest passes
  • 2 complimentary exhibition catalogues (when available)
  • 1 Individual ($60) gift membership
  • Acknowledgment in Performing Arts Playbills
  • Acknowledgment in the JAPAN CUTS Festival Brochure
  • Prominent recognition in Japan Society’s Annual Report
  • Option to be recognized as a “Friend of” Performing Arts, Film or Education & Family Programs, with a minimum $1,000 gift designation to one or more of these programs
  • Free admission to gallery exhibitions
  • Discounts on box office ticketed events and exhibition catalogues (when available)
  • Discounts on calligraphy and other language workshops, and up to 13% off on 10- & 20-class courses
  • Discounts on registration for Business & Policy programs
  • Complimentary film ticket offers
  • Discounts provided by Japan Society Restaurant and Merchant Partners
  • Subscription to bi-monthly Japan Society Calendar of Events

Join/Renew
$919 tax-deductible

Benefactor Circle ($2,000+)

All Patron Circle benefits plus:

  • Personal ticket assistance for public programs
  • Invitations to private receptions with corporate executives and visiting dignitaries
  • Opportunity to be recognized as a Friend of the Gallery with a $2,000 or more gift designation to Gallery

Learn more about Japan Society’s Friends supporter groups


Join/Renew
$1,919+ tax-deductible

Leadership Circle ($5,000+)

All Benefactor Circle benefits plus:

  • Opportunity to join Japan Society’s President’s Dinner
  • Priority seating at Japan Society events, upon request

Join/Renew
$4,919+ tax-deductible

John D. Rockefeller 3rd Circle ($10,000+)

All Leadership Circle benefits plus:

Contributions at this level honor John D. Rockefeller, 3rd (President and Chairman of Japan Society, 1952–1978) and his legacy of leadership, while helping to sustain and extend the Society’s mission.

Join/Renew
$9,919+ tax-deductible
Japan Society is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization described in Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to Japan Society are deductible to the extent allowed by law. Certain goods and services provided in exchange for a donation may reduce the amount of a donor's charitable deduction. If you wish to make a donation but receive no benefits in return, please contact the Individual Giving office at (212) 715-1270.

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