Japan Society (New York)

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Founded in 1907, the Japan Society is a nonprofit, nonpolitical organization that aims to bring the people of Japan and the United States closer together through understanding, appreciation, and cooperation. Society programs offer opportunities to experience Japanese culture; to foster sustained and open dialogue on issues important to the U.S., Japan and East Asia; and to improve access to information on Japan. Producing content on Japan for the United States, Japan Society presents over 100 events annually in the performing and visual arts, business and policy sectors, and education fields.

With performances, exhibitions, film screenings, lectures, conferences, courses, seminars, symposia, and workshops, year-round programming occurs at Japan Society’s landmark building located in Manhattan near the United Nations. Designed by Junz┼Ź Yoshimura in conjunction with Gruzen & Partners as the first building in New York of modern Japanese architecture and opened in 1971, it has a three-story indoor bamboo water garden, a 262-seat theater, art gallery, library, conference and administration facilities, and the Toyota Language Center.

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