The information provided in this calendar is intended to introduce Japan-related events in the Greater Boston, and New England area.

Events directly sponsored by the Japan Society of Boston are denoted with the JSB logo. 

For all other events please check directly with the organization producing it to confirm all times, dates and event details. The Japan Society of Boston is not responsible for any changes or inaccuracies in information about events not sponsored by the JSB.

Upcoming events

    • 12 Dec 2015
    • 14 Aug 2016
    • Museum of Fine Art, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

    Museum of Fine Art, Boston presents



    December 12, 2015 – August 14, 2016

    Herb Ritts Gallery (Gallery 169)

    Museum of Fine Art, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

    Hiro (born in 1930) is known for his distinctively conceived and precisely realized images across a range of subjects including fashion, portraiture, and still life. Born Yasuhiro Wakabayashi in Shanghai to Japanese parents, he grew up in China and spent the years following WWII in Japan before coming to the US in 1954. Early in his career, Hiro worked as an assistant for the celebrated photographer Richard Avedon who, upon recognizing Hiro’s talents, introduced him to Alexey Brodovitch, the legendary art director of Harper’s Bazaar. By the early 1960s Hiro had become a widely admired figure in the field. His work was known for its originality and technical innovation, with bold uses of light and color, and an elegant sense of surrealism. This exhibition focuses on a selection of Hiro’s fashion images that demonstrate how he applied his unique visual aesthetic to the work of fashion and jewelry designers such as Halston, Pierre Cardin, Harry Winston, and Elsa Peretti, among others. This will be the first solo exhibition of Hiro’s work to be held in a major American museum.

    Above: Hiro, Black Evening Dress in Flight, New York, 1963. © Hiro

    Museum of Fine Art, Boston 

    • 24 Jun 2016
    • 14 Sep 2016
    • Highfield Hall & Gardens, 56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth,MA

    Kanreki: A 60 Year Journey 

    The 60th CWAJ Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Prints

    June 26 - September 14, 2016

    Highfield Hall & Gardens

    56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth,MA

    Opening Reception: Sunday, June 26, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    The 60th anniversary CWAJ print show features more than 200 contemporary Japanese prints by established and emerging artists. Selected by international printmaking experts in Japan, the prints encompass diverse techniques from traditional woodblock, to intaglio, lithography, etching, aquatint, silkscreen and more contemporary digital innovations. The show debuted in Tokyo in 2015 and Highfield Hall & Gardens is its exclusive U.S. venue. Since its inception in 1956, the College Women’s Association of Japan’s print show has become a highly acclaimed and internationally recognized exhibitionProceeds from the sale of the prints support Highfield’s programs and the CWAJ scholarship fund.

    More information here

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