A list of Japanese cultural organizations in New York City

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Here is the list of major Japanese or Japan-related public/non-profit organizations in New York City. This list might be helpful to develop your professional network.

  1. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) in New York (

    Japan Local Government Center (CLAIR, New York) was created in 1988 as the first of seven overseas offices of the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) in Tokyo. CLAIR itself was founded earlier that same year as a quasi-government organization under the auspices of the Ministry of Home Affairs (now the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications) in order to coordinate the JET Program and support various other international initiatives undertaken by prefectures and local governments in Japan. It is funded by and works on behalf of these governments. Beyond the JET Program, CLAIR’s activities include research into best practices in public administration around the world, arranging exchanges and meetings between public officials at the subnational level, assisting local community and economic development efforts, fostering a multicultural society in Japan, and supporting the JET alumni.

  2. The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry promotes lasting U.S. (JCCI) (

    The Chamber’s original mandate was designed primarily to facilitate trade between the U.S. and Japan. However, as globalization of the world economy continues, our mission has expanded to include supporting the business relationships that flourish between the Japanese and American communities in New York, and to close the cultural gap that hinders complete economic cooperation. Also, it is imperative that our economic leaders embrace social responsibilities and contribute to the community. The Chamber actively encourages its members to develop friendships with leaders in their local community, as well as government officials, by hosting numerous luncheons, symposiums and other activities. Functioning as a not-for-profit organization, The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Inc. will continue to be the mediator between our two nations and work to achieve the goal of the Chamber’s founding fathers: a bilateral relationship based on friendship and cooperation.

  3. RESOBOX (

    RESOBOX is the place where people who are conversant with, dedicated to, and influenced by Japanese culture and arts can gather, create innovative arts through the collaborative process and

  4. The Nippon Club (

    In 1905, The Nippon Club was established by Dr. Jokichi Takamine, a famous chemist, to tighten the unity of the Japanese community and to develop a better relationship with the American People. For the last 100 years, The Nippon Club, which is the only Japanese social club in the U.S. , 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. By holding various athletic events and cultural activities, as well as by providing the facilities where these events can occur, The Nippon Club has cemented itself as one of New York ’s oldest cultural institutions and it will continue to serve the community from the center of the world’s most international metropolitan area.

  5. Urasenke Chanoyu Center (

    The New York branch was created in 1964. Currently, the Urasenke Chanoyu Center is located in an 130 year old landmark building, which originally was constructed as a carriage house. In 1980 Urasenke Chanoyu Center purchased the building with a partner. Prior to that it was the studio of Mark Rothko where he worked and died. The interior of the building was renovated by traditional carpenters from Kyoto, Japan. The centerpiece of the construction includes four tea rooms of various sizes surrounding a garden. All the materials for the construction were imported from Japan. Prior to 1980 the Center was located at 860 UN Plaza. The mission of the Center is Peacefulness through a bowl of tea.

  6. Asia Society (

    Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context.

  7. Tenri Culturel Center in New York (

    Tenri Cultural Institute is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote the study of Japanese language and the appreciation of international art forms. The Institute hosts a variety of traditional and contemporary cultural programs in our modern, spacious educational facility, performing arts and exhibition space. Conveniently located in the heart of Greenwich Village, the center of New York City’s educational and artistic communities, Tenri Cultural Institute is a beautiful cultural oasis amidst the hustle and bustle that is New York City.

  8. The Japan Foundation in New York (

    The Japan Foundation is Japan’s only institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural exchange programs throughout the world.

  9. Consulate-General of Japan in New York / 在ニューヨーク日本国総領事館 (

  10. Kigyo Gaikyo (NY) (

  11. JapanCulture NYC (

    JapanCulture NYC strives to be the leading English-language resource for Japanese culture in New York City, highlighting the people and activities of New York’s Japanese and Japanese American community. From the arts to food to everything in between, JapanCulture NYC looks for the best of Japanese culture the city has to offer.

  12. The Gohan Society (

    The Gohan Society’s mission is to advocate for a mutual appreciation of culinary heritage between the United States and Japan through outreach to chefs, culinary arts professionals, and food enthusiasts. Through cultural and gastronomic education and exchange, chefs, food and wine professionals, and those interested in the unique sensibility of Japanese culinary traditions, we hope to inspire and enrich their artistry, as well as their cultural understanding. The Gohan Society serves as a resource for traditional Japanese food culture and cuisine–the ingredients, techniques and methods of food production, and serves as a catalyst for the expansion of that knowledge.

  13. NY de Volunterer (

    In early 2001, upon seeing the littered Coney Island beach Noriko Hino was inspired to help the community and began picking up the garbage on the beach. After the tragic events of September 11, 2001, she realized that many other Japanese also wanted to help their local community. As a result, in 2002, she along with co-founder Kazumi Terada organized NY de Volunteer’s first activity mobilizing local Japanese for the September 11th Floating Lantern Memorial Ceremony. Since its beginning, NY de Volunteer has mobilized over a thousand volunteers and reached out to thousands of beneficiaries

  14. JETAA-NY (

    The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme Alumni Association of New York (JETAANY) is a public, nonprofit membership organization of JET alumni in the New York metropolitan area. Recognized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2007, we draw upon our diverse membership in the tri-state area to promote the JET Programme; foster a community for our 2,000 plus and ever growing vibrant alumni association; and host programs and events promoting Japanese culture and understanding. In May 2006, JETAANY was the first organization to be deemed “Special Representative for the Visit Japan Campaign” by the government of Japan.

  15. OIST Foundation (

    OIST Foundation (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) Foundation), supporting scientific breakthroughs, innovation, and the sustainable development of Okinawa through OIST..

  16. New York Japanese-American Lions Club (

  17. Japanese American Citizens League, New York Chapter (

    New York Chapter of the JACL, an organization whose mission is to secure and maintain the civil rights of those who are victimized by injustice and bigotry.

  18. Hamilton-Madison House (

    Hamilton-Madison House is a non-profit settlement house established in 1898 to improve the quality of life for NYC. Located in Chinatown/Lower East Side Two Bridges neighborhoods, we foster the well-being of vulnerable populations including the elderly, children, the ill and handicapped, new immigrants and refugees and the unemployed. Hamilton-Madison House delivers critical, timely and culturally appropriate services for all stages of life.

  19. Japanese Medical Society of America (JMSA) (

    JMSA is a nonprofit organization established in 1973 by Japanese medical professionals serving the New York region. The organization consists of members from various fields of heathcare and includes physicians, dentists, nurses, researchers, residents, and students all across the United States. Their main focus is to support the Japanese and Japanese-American communities through various health-related efforts.

  20. JAANY (The Japanese American Association of New York) (

    Since 1907, JAANY has been the heart of the Japanese community. We serve our community through bilingual social services, educational programs, and community outreach. With a strong sense of diversity, we have always been a collaborative forum, celebrating and sharing our Japanese culture and heritage with people of all ages and backgrounds.

  21. Japan Society (

    Explore Japan and its culture in New York City through art exhibitions, dance, theater, film, family programs, language classes, sake tastings, and much, much more.
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