Japan Society

Location: 333 E. 47th St., New York Since 1907, when a group of prominent New York City business people founded Japan Society, this nonprofit, nonpolitical institution has played a vital role in promoting the U.S.-Japan relationship. Most of the founding members remained active in Japan Society for many years, shaping the policies that guided it through the 1930s until the outbreak of World War II. After the war, Japan Society slowly resumed its activities, and under the stewardship of John D. Rockefeller III, who had a deep and abiding interest in Japan, it assumed its modern form, greatly expanding the range and volume of its programming. Exhibitions Japan Society Gallery is one of America‘s premiere institutions for the exhibition, research and publication of Japanese art. Performing Arts Performing Arts programs extend from the traditional to cutting-edge contemporary theater, dance and music. Films The Society‘s Film Center is New York‘s leading venue for Japanese films. Lectures Lecture Programs present distinguished writers, artists, designers, scholars, statesmen, social critics and other opinion leaders.