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

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


Levels of Membership

Patron Circle ($1,000–1,999)

  • Invitations to VIP openings and tours with curators and artists
  • Invitations to private receptions with scholars, performers and speakers
  • Invitation to the annual New Year’s party
  • Opportunity to designate your gift to directly support Japan Society program areas
  • Two complimentary exhibition catalogues each year
  • Discounts on Corporate Program events
  • Invitations to special gallery exhibition previews
  • Acknowledgment in Japan Society’s Annual Report
  • Free admission to all gallery exhibitions
  • Complimentary ticket offers throughout the year
  • Discounted tickets to box office events
  • Discounts on Japan Society exhibition catalogues
  • Discounts on classes at the Toyota Language Center
  • Discounts provided by Japan Society Restaurant/Merchant Partners
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  • One Individual ($60) gift membership for the person of your choice
  • Two complimentary gallery passes for each exhibition
  • Subscription to bi-monthly Japan Society Calendar of Events
  • Free access to C.V. Starr Library


All Patron Circle benefits plus:

  • Invitations to private receptions with corporate executives and visiting dignitaries
  • Personal ticket assistance for public programs
  • Opportunity to join the Friends of Japan Society Gallery

Members at the Benefactor Circle level and above who designate their contributions to support Japan Society Gallery are invited to join the Friends of Japan Society Gallery and participate in exclusive Japanese art events.

Learn more about Japan Society’s Friends supporter groups


Leadership Circle ($5,000–9,999)

All Benefactor Circle benefits plus:

  • Opportunity to join Japan Society’s President’s Dinner
  • Priority seating at Japan Society events (on request)


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

Honoring John D. Rockefeller 3rd (President and Chairman of Japan Society, 1952–1978) and his legacy of leadership. Major individual contributions at $10,000 and above help sustain and extend Japan Society’s mission and are recognized at the highest level.


Recent and Upcoming Event Highlights:

  • Tour of Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971 with Jon Hendricks, Consulting Curator, The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection, and Francesca Wilmott, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints, at the MoMA
  • VIP opening of For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968-1979 at Japan Society
  • Access to International Fine Art and Antiques Show at Park Avenue Armory
  • VIP reception and opening night preview of IFPDA (International Fine Print Dealers Association) Art Fair at Park Avenue Armory
  • Opening night preview of SOFA CHICAGO 2015 at Navy Pier Festival Hall
  • VIP opening of Hiroji Kubota Photographer exhibition at Aperture Foundation


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.

Image at top: Photo © Ayumi Sakamoto.

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