Joining the NBTHK American Branch

To join the American Branch of the NBTHK, just download the application or contact Richard Mantegani at

Members will receive the same benefits as Japanese members, but with an English translation and entry to any lectures held for members in the United States and in Japan. Membership also allows members to attend the NBTHK national convention (entry fee required) held every 2-3 years.

If you have a current membership with Japan NBTHK, all you have to do is pay the difference to be able to have access to the translations and events here in the United States. Please include your membership # and a letter stating that you are a current member of the NBTHK in Japan. You will continue to receive all the same benefits including the magazine “Token Bijutsu” along with the translations that follow.  Members will also have first chance at any publications offered by/to the American Branch, including special articles.

The American NBTHK Branch now offers a prorated membership to any new members who are joining the American NBTHK Branch later in the calendar year. It should be understood that the Japanese fiscal calendar year for your membership actually runs from April 1st to April 1st of the following year. As per the wishes of the NBTHK, the prorated and adjusted rates for new members joining the NBTHK/AB are as follows:

Joining the NBTHK/American Branch from January 1st to March 31st: The fee is $250.00. By joining during this period, your paid dues will be held and applied to the next full year of membership beginning on April 1st.

Joining the American NBTHK Branch from April 1st to June 30th: The membership fee is $250.00

Joining from July 1st to September 30th: The fee is $187.50

Joining from October 1st to December 31st: The fee is $125.00

To download an application form please click here

Joining the NBTHK-AB via credit card.

This payment option will allow you to use a credit card to pay your annual dues via the internet. Please note that when using this option, your annual dues will be $260.00, which includes a $10.00 service fee. For more information or simply to see a copy of the official announcement, please click here.

To pay your yearly dues via credit card, please click the button below.