Music From Japan was founded in 1975 in New York City by current Artistic Director, Naoyuki Miura. Since the beginning, MFJ has endeavored to expand the audience for Japanese music in the US and the world while keeping abreast of Japanese and American music innovation. Centered around its annual festival and tour, MFJ’s performances, symposia, lectures, open forums, and other educational events have helped broaden the audience for Japanese music and encourage the dialogue between composers and musicians in Japan and the United States. As part of their commitment to education, MFJ established the Resource Center for Japanese Music in 1994 and published the Japanese Composer Database online, to provide information about Japanese composers and their music to people from all over the world.
Today, Music From Japan continues to preside as the leading presenter of Japanese contemporary and traditional music in the United States and the world.