Membership is open to all who are interested in Japonisme: professional and independent scholars, researchers, and students as well as those involved in galleries and museums or freelance work. General meeting (annual) and regular meetings are open to all members. There are also scheduled visits to art exhibitions and others (several times a year) for members. In addition, members receive the annual bulletin Studies in Japonisme and are welcome to participate in symposiums or other special events.
The fiscal year of the society is from April to March. New applications will be considered during the society’s board meetings. When an application is approved at a board meeting, the society will send instructions to the applicant to pay the joining fee (5000 JPY) and annual fee for that fiscal year. Applicants will only officially become members of the society after payment of both fees. Due to the scheduling of board meetings, which are held approximately two-monthly, acceptance or rejection of applications may take a while to process. Please keep this in mind.
Membership Levels and Fees
・Regular members: Individuals who are engaged in the research on Japonisme studies. Recommendations from two regular members and approval of the Board of Directors are required. However, if you do not have contact with regular members of the Society, your academic achievements such as publications will be considered. In such cases, please submit copies of your publications along with your application form. Regular members are eligible to vote, serve on committees, and file resolutions at general meetings.
Regular Membership Annual Fee: 7,000 JPY *
・Associate members: Individuals who are interested in Japonisme studies. Recommendations from regular members are not required but your application needs to be approved by the Board of Directors. Associate members are not eligible to vote, serve on committees, or file resolutions at general meetings. Futhermore, from 2020 onward, associate members will not be able to publish in the Society's journal, nor will they be able to present at the Society's study meetings/symposia.
Associate Membership Annual Fee: 5,000 JPY *
・Student members: Individuals who hold a full-time student status. Recommendations from two regular members and approval of the Board of Directors are required. However, if you do not have contact with regular members of the Society, your academic achievements such as publications will be considered. In such cases, please submit copies of your publications along with your application form. Student members are not eligible to vote, serve on committees, file resolutions at general meetings.
Student Membership Annual Fee: 3,500 JPY
・Supporting members: Individuals or organizations who support the Society financially.
Supporting Membership Annual Fee: 30,000 JPY *
The fiscal year of the society is from April to March. In case one wants to change one's status from supporting member to a regular member, please make sure to notify the board before the end of February.
* For all levels of membership, there is an joining fee of 5,000 JPY.
1. Download the application form (click here) and fill in the requested information. (A printed version of application form is available from the secretary of the society.) Typing is acceptable except for the signatures of the members of the Society recommending your admission.
2. Send your application form to the address below, or send an attachment of the form through mail:
The Society for the Studies of Japonisme
2F Neo-Arakicho Bldg., 5-14 Arakicho
Shinjyuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0007
3. An invoice for the initiation fee and annual membership fee (for the current fiscal year) will be sent to you with the formal notification of your acceptance into the Society.
4. Your application will be reviewed and voted on at the board meeting of the Society, which takes place around 6~7 times a year. It may take several weeks for your application to be processed. After the process has been completed, formal notification will be sent to you by mail or e-mail.
Mail transfer：Japanese postal account no. 00100-7-558061
The Society for the Studies of Japonisme
For those who would like to withdraw from the society, we ask that they send a letter of notification to the society secretariat by the end of February (being the annual membership renewal deadline). There is no specified form to notify the secretariat. We will ask all members who have not paid yet to pay their membership fee of the fiscal year in which they withdraw. For those who have not paid for multiple years, we will ask them to pay the full amount prior to withdrawal. For those who fail to pay, they will be dismissed from the society after confirmation at a board meeting.
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