JapanPhilly 2020 is an initiative by the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia that connects Philadelphia and Japan with a year’s worth of Japanese art, business, and cultural events.

From new and expanded programs to partnerships with regional and international organizations, JapanPhilly2020 includes exhibitions, performances, and other programs in Greater Philadelphia that will draw audiences from the Mid-Atlantic region and around the country to Philadelphia.

At the center of JapanPhilly2020 are two international conferences in partnership with Japanese cultural organizations, bringing a Japanese audience to Philadelphia. The John Manjiro Commemorative Center for International Exchange (CIE) Grassroots Summit, a citizens exchange program between Japan and the United States, will celebrate its 30th year in Philadelphia. The Grassroots Summit will include Philadelphia-area home stays, an opening ceremony at the Franklin Institute, and a closing ceremony at the Independence Seaport Museum. The National Association of Japan America Societies (NAJAS) annual conference will also take place in Philadelphia.

In addition to these special events, JASGP is developing a year-long series of Japanese programs, exhibitions and performances at Philadelphia-area cultural and academic institutions including the Rosenbach Library and Museum, Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Penn Museum, Michener Art Museum, George Nakashima Woodworkers, Raymond Farm Center for Living Art and Design, Asian Arts Initiative, Temple University, Villanova University, Penn Forum on Japan, Penn Design Architectural Archives, and Citizens Diplomacy International.

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