This Fall:

  • Experience Okinawa! Gaze at the colorful costumes and elegant moves of the imperial court dance; learn about and practice traditional Okinawan karate; and create your own bingata, a resist-dyed textile worn since the Ryukyu kingdom period by royalties and warriors
  • Go on a Halloween adventure full of Japan’s ghosts, goblins and mystical creatures at Obake Family Day
  • Listen to tunes with retro vibes and a twist with the Charan-Po-Rantan duo, sisters Momo (vocalist) and Koharu (accordion)
  • Challenge yourself with new Japanese words, idioms and kanji characters in our language classes throughout the year
  • And much, much more!

Your membership gift helps Japan Society to grow and thrive for years to come. In return, your membership gives you exclusive benefits, invitations to special events and discounts on hundreds of performances, films, lectures and classes.


Receive a limited-edition Japan Society BAGGU bag, a token of our appreciation, when you join or upgrade at the Sustaining ($250) level and above, while supplies last. In addition, enjoy special privileges provided by our Restaurant and Merchant Partners, among other benefits.

We look forward to seeing you at Japan Society!

Levels of Membership

Individual ($60) Dual ($100)

  • Free admission to gallery exhibitions
  • Invitations to members-only programs and gallery exhibition openings
  • Discounted tickets to box office events
  • Discounts on Toyota Language Center classes
  • Discounts on Japan Society exhibition catalogues
  • Subscription to bimonthly Calendar of Events
  • Free access to C.V. Starr Library

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Family ($125)

All Individual benefits for two adults and up to four children under 18

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Contributing ($150)

All Dual benefits, plus:
  • Complimentary ticket offers throughout the year
  • Two complimentary gallery passes each year

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Sustaining ($250)

All Contributing benefits, plus:

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Sponsor ($500)

All Sustaining benefits, plus:
  • Invitations to select private receptions and special film screenings
  • Invitations to private gallery tours
  • One select exhibition catalogue each year
  • One Individual ($60) gift membership for a person of your choice
  • Acknowledgment in Japan Society’s Annual Report

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Student/Senior ($40)

  • Student (full-time students with valid ID)
  • Senior (age 65 and older)
  • All Individual benefits

If you wish to join at the Student or Senior level, please contact the Membership Office at (212) 715-1270 or

Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends giving begins at $1,000 and allows you either to focus your gift on particular programs or support our full range of programming. Special benefits accompany these levels.

Learn more about Circle of Friends


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 Japan Society.
Images: Izumi Higa, courtesy of Yokohama Noh Theater © Yoshiaki Kanda; Manabu Ikeda, (b. 1973), Foretoken (detail), 2008. Pen, acrylic ink on paper, mounted on boards; 72 x 132 in. Collection of Sustainable Investor Co. Ltd. © Manabu Ikeda, courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery, photo © Alan Klein.

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