It has been yet another great year for our Talks+ program, and we have you to thank for your participation and part in making it a success! This season we hosted a fabulous lineup including:

  • Our Gifu Prefecture series, where we explored Japan’s heartland
  • A rare New York appearance by the 45th Headmaster of Ikenobo ikebana, Sen’ei Ikenobo
  • A discussion with Yusei Matsui, the creator behind the wildly popular manga series Assassination Classroom
  • Our 20th Annual Sake Lecture & Tasting


  • Try your hand at traditional Japanese book binding to create a personal, handmade journal
  • Delve into the world of Zen Buddhism and discover the surprising meaning embedded in ordinary objects
  • Discover the ancient recipes of samurai warriors, and how their diet lent them strength on the battlefield
Please be sure to check out our Talks+ Facebook and Twitter accounts for announcements of ticketing and additional fall programs!

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Check out highlights from our 2016—2017 Season!

Marie Kondo 'Sparks Joy' at Japan Society

On January 21, 2016, Japanese tidying guru and international best-selling author Marie Kondo shared tips for transforming homes into happy, organized spaces at Japan Society. Named one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People in the World in 2015, Marie developed a home-organizing method that has taken the world by storm.


Japan Society’s Talks+ Program examines vital issues and themes in modern Japanese art, culture and design. Programming is designed to inform and to provide a gateway through which Americans can appreciate the powerful global influence of Japan’s culture and its many trend-defining artisans. Our programs bring together experts and practitioners for provocative discussions on diverse topics including aesthetics, consumer culture and cuisine.


Talks+ Programs at Japan Society are generously sponsored by Delta Air Lines and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG).


Additional support is provided by Chris A. Wachenheim and the Sandy Heck Lecture Fund.

Images, from left to right: Chigiri-e Workshop © George Hirose; All other photos © Daphne Youree.

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