Saturday, January 12, 10:30 am – 1:45 pm

1 hour tours will happen in three groups that start at 10:30 am, 10:45 am, and 11:00am


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028

(6 train to the 86th Street Station)


Join JETAANY for an engaging afternoon of art and U.S.-Japanese relations at it’s first-ever event at The Met! You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind event!

We’ll begin with tours of The Met lead by docents. Attendees will have the chance to view the Museum’s extensive Japanese art collection from Neolithic ceramics (ca. 1500–300 B.C.) to Edo-period (1615–1868) woodblock prints and textiles to contemporary ceramics.

The second part of the event will bring the tours together for an expert panel discussion on Japanese art and U.S.-Japan relations.

There will be audience Q&A and a catered lunch.


$35 Includes a guided tour of The Met, access to our expert panel discussion, and a catered lunch. Buy tickets here or via the form at the bottom of this page.


This event was made possible through a grant received from US JETAA and Sasakawa USA.


John Carpenter, Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Brett Littman, Director, Noguchi Museum

Yukie Kamiya, Director, Japan Society Gallery

*Panelist biographies are below


Miwako Tezuka, Co-Founder and Co- Director, PoNJA-GenKon


10:30am – 11:30am Guided Tour (Group A)

10:45am – 11:45am Guided Tour (Group B)

11:00am – 12:00pm Guided Tour (Group C)

12:15pm Panel Opens: “A Conversation about Japanese Art and U.S.-Japan Relations”

Panelists and Moderator Biographies (Click to expand)

John Carpenter
John Carpenter, Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese Art, has been with The Met since 2011. From 1999 to 2011, he taught the history of Japanese art at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and served as head of the London office of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. He has published widely on Japanese art, especially in the areas of calligraphy, painting, and woodblock prints, and has helped organize numerous exhibitions at the Museum, including Designing Nature (2012–13); Birds in the Art of Japan (2013); Brush Writing in the Arts of Japan (2013–14); and Celebrating the Arts of Japan (2015–17).

Yukie Kamiya
Yukie Kamiya joined the Japan Society as Director, Japan Society Gallery in November 2015. She is responsible for programming exhibitions and various visual art projects exploring Japanese art in a global context. Previously Kamiya was Chief Curator of Hiroshima MoCA from 2007 to 2015. She began her curatorial career in the United States at the New Museum, New York, serving as Adjunct and Associate Curator from 2003 to 2006. She has curated numerous exhibitions internationally, focused on art in Japan as well as widely in Asia including Cai Guo Qiang, Yoko Ono, Jiro Takamatsu and Do Ho Suh. She also served as guest curator for cultural institutions including the Japan Foundation and Goethe Institute and curated group exhibitions Discordant Harmony: Critical Reflection of Imagination of Asia (2015-2016), Re:Quest Japanese Contemporary Art since the 1970s (2013), Under Construction: New Dimension of Asian Art (2002-2003), which toured to East Asian cities; Beijing, Seoul, Taipei and Tokyo. Kamiya received the Academic Prize from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo for her curation of Simon Starling: Project for a Masquerade (Hiroshima) in 2011. Kamiya studied art history at Waseda University, Tokyo and completed the Curatorial Program at De Appel Art Center, Amsterdam.

Brett Littman
Brett Littman was announced as the new Director of the Noguchi Museum in New York in February 2015. He previously served as the Executive Director of The Drawing Center in SoHo, New York, overseeing the institution’s administration and exhibition and outreach programs. Over the years, he curated several notable shows including Yüksel Arslan’s “Visual Interpretations” in 2008, and Leon Golub’s “Live & Die Like a Lion?” in 2010, which won an award from the International Association of Art Critics and was judged as the best show in a non-profit gallery or alternative space. He also helped steer The Drawing Center’s USD 11 million renovation and expansion, opening its spacious new grounds to the public in 2012. Prior to this, Littman served as deputy director of MoMA PS1 from 2003 to 2007, and was awarded the title of Chevalier of the Order of the Arts and Letters by the French government in 2017.

Miwako Tezuka
Miwako Tezuka is Co-Founder/Co- Director of PoNJA-GenKon, a scholarly listserv. She is also Consulting Curator of Reversible Destiny Foundation, founded in 2010 by Arakawa and Madeline Gins to promote their work and philosophy in the areas of art, architecture, and writing. Formerly, Tezuka was Japan Society Gallery Director (2012–15) and Curator of Contemporary Art at Asia Society in New York (2005–12). She has curated numerous exhibitions, including: Garden of Unearthly Delights: Works by Ikeda, Tenmyouya & teamLab (2014), Rebirth: Recent Work by Mariko Mori (2013), Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody’s Fool (2010), and Yang Fudong: Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest (2009).

About the Sasakawa USA/USJETAA Mini-Grant Program for JETAA Chapters

This event was made possible through a grant received from US JETAA and Sasakawa USA.

To encourage JET alumni’s involvement in U.S.-Japan relations, Sasakawa USA and the USJETAA have partnered to offer a competitive mini-grant program vis-à-vis the JET Alumni Associations within the United States. This is the third year of the program, which aims to help chapters strengthen the JET alumni network and elevate their leadership role in their local U.S.-Japan community. Sasakawa USA is a U.S. non- partisan 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to strengthening U.S.-Japan relations through education, programs, and research. USJETAA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that furthers U.S.-Japan understanding by supporting alumni of the JET Program.