Like other cultural societies in the city, the Japan Society was founded to promote cross-cultural understanding with the United States. In addition to lectures, films, concerts, and performances, the Japan Society maintains a gallery space. Visitors are invited to explore the myriad creative productions of Japanese artist from ancient times to the present through some of the most intriguing and informative exhibits in the city.

What You Will See

Japan has a wealth of creative output from which to draw inspiration for its exhibitions at the Japan Society gallery. The result is an exceedingly diverse program of ever-changing exhibits that should not be missed. Recent exhibitions have featured topics as diverse as interpretations of the afterlife in contemporary Japanese Art, Japanese tin toys from the 1960s, and masterworks from 19th-century lacquer artist Shibata Zeshin. Regardless of the topic, the shows at the Japan Society merit a thorough visit.

Why You Should Go

Japan's long and unique history makes it a fascinating topic for Americans to explore, and few places offer a better opportunity (outside of a flight to Tokyo) than the Japan Society. Located just steps from the United Nations, the Society represents one of the world's most advanced and productive economies and hosts a full calendar of events. This is how Japan would like others to see it. Plan on returning often.

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