In this directory, you will find links to some of the cultural organizations that create, present and support Japan-related programs in the United States.
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Anime Expo, Los Angeles
The largest anime and manga convention in North America
A global non-profit organization that forges closer ties between Asia and the West through arts, education, policy and business outreach.
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco houses one of the most comprehensive Asian art collections in the world, with more than 18,000 works of art in its permanent collection, some as much as 6,000 years old.
Asian Cultural Council
An American non-profit organization, dedicated to promoting cultural exchange between the United States and Asia.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
A stunning 52-acre garden in the heart of Brooklyn, featuring an annual Cherry Blossom Festival, a Japanese garden & more.
U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON)
A binational advisory panel that serves to elevate and strengthen the vital cultural and educational foundations of the U.S.-Japan relationship
Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian, Washington DC.
The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery are the Smithsonian's museums of Asian art.
Google Arts and Culture
Google Arts & Culture features content from over 1200 leading museums and archives who have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to bring the world's treasures online.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum is a leading voice for contemporary art and culture and provides a national platform for the art and artists of our time.
Japan Artists Information Directory (JAID)
JAID is a database of information about performers and teachers of traditional Japanese performing arts based in the United States.
Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan
As a part of the Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C., the JICC is committed to enriching the relationship between Japan and the United States through an active, vibrant cultural exchange.
Japan Performing Arts
A non-profit organization established by Yuko Hamada to introduce Japanese performing art forms in New York.
A multidisciplinary hub for global leaders, artists, scholars, educators, and English and Japanese-speaking audiences. At the Society, more than 100 events each year feature sophisticated, topically relevant presentations of Japanese art and culture.
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
A hub for Japanese and Japanese American arts and culture and a community gathering place for the diverse voices it inspires, in Southern California and beyond.
Japan Chamber of Commerce of Southern California
Since 1947, the JCCSC has supported business activities by Japanese-American citizens in Southern California, and promoted understanding of U.S. and Japanese culture. The JCCSC's annual events include a New Year Oshogatsu Festival.
Japanese American National Museum
JANM features a variety of exhibitions and events and festivals that celebrate Japanese-American culture. The museum also hosts an annual Natsumatsuri Family Festival and the Oshogatsu Family Festival.
Japan-United States Friendship Commission (JUSFC)
An independent federal government agency that strengthens the U.S.-Japan relationship through educational, cultural, and intellectual exchange.
Library of Congress: Japanese Collection
The Japanese language collection, probably the most extensive in the world outside Japan, has grown to over 1.15 million books and serial volumes, 10,100 reels of microfilm, and 15,000 sheets of microfiche. The Japanese collection covers research materials in virtually all subjects except clinical medicine and technical agriculture. The collections are strong in the humanities and social sciences, central and local government publications, and academic journals including the areas of science and technology.
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Asian Art Department
The collection of Asian art at The Met—more than 35,000 objects, ranging in date from the 3rd millennium B.C. to the 21st century—is one of the largest and is the most comprehensive in the West.
Mingei International Museum
The Mingei International Museum is a non-profit public institution in San Diego that collects, conserves and exhibits folk art, craft and design.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The fourth largest museum in the United States. It contains more than 450,000 works of art, making it one of the most comprehensive collections in the Americas.
Nihonmachi Street Fair
Each year, this two-day fair draws more than 30,000 people to San Francisco's "J-Town" for a celebration of Japanese cultural heritage, with live entertainment that includes Taiko drum performances as well as hip-hop, salsa, rock and jazz.
Nisei Week Japanese Festival, Los Angeles
A nine-day event that promotes Japanese and Japanese-American heritage and traditions while bringing together the diverse communities of Southern California through arts and cultural education.
An annual three-day celebration of Asian pop culture (anime, manga, music, movies, video games, etc.) and its fandom, held in the Baltimore-Washington area.
PEN World Voices Festival
A week-long international literary festival in New York City, founded in 2001 by by Salman Rushdie, Esther Allen, and Michael Roberts with the aim of broadening channels of dialogue between the United States and the world.
Seattle Art Museum
A museum with three distinct locations that celebrate Seattle's position as a crossroads where east meets west, urban meets natural, local meets global.
The Nippon Club
The only Japanese social club in the United States, the Nippon Club has contributed to the continued friendship, not to mention ongoing business and cultural exchange, between the two countries through various events, workshops and cultural classes.
Shofuso Japanese House and Japan America Society of Philadelphia
A traditional-style Japanese house and nationally-ranked garden in Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park that reflects the history of Japanese culture in Philadelphia, from the 1876 Centennial Exposition to present day