Japan Society

Japan Society information

New York City , USA
333 E 47th St
btwn First & Second Aves, Midtown East
Getting there
Subway: S, 4/5/6, 7 to Grand Central-42nd St
More information
adult/child $12/free, 6-9pm Fri free
Opening hours
11am-6pm Tue-Thu, to 9pm Fri, to 5pm Sat & Sun
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Elegant exhibitions of both traditional and contemporary Japanese art, textiles and design are the main draw at this calming cultural center, complete with indoor gardens and water features. Its theater hosts a range of films and dance and theatrical performances, while those wanting to dig deeper can browse through 14,000 volumes in the research library or attend one of its myriad lectures or workshops.

Founded in 1907 by a group of NYC businesspeople with a deep admiration for Japan, this nonprofit society has played a large role in strengthening American­–Japanese relations. Its expansion into a full arts and cultural center was thanks in no small part to philanthropist John D Rockefeller III, an ardent fan of the country.