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

    • 13 Sep 2014
    • 12:00 AM
    • 19 Jul 2015
    • 11:30 PM
    • Museum of Fine Arts, Japanese Print Gallery (Gallery 278A), Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

    Playing with Paper
    Japanese Toy Prints

    September 13, 2014-July 19, 2015

    Museum of Fine Arts
    Japanese Print Gallery (Gallery 278A)
    Avenue of the Arts
    465 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115

    Colorful 19th-century Japanese woodblock prints of games and toys.

    By the middle of the 19th century, color woodblock printing in Japan was so widespread and inexpensive that it could profitably be used to make toys for children which were no doubt enjoyed by many adults as well. This exhibition (one of the first of its kind outside Japan) will feature "toy prints" (asobi-e or omocha-e) such as colorful board games, paper dolls, cutout dioramas and pictorial riddles, as well as scenes showing how the toys and games were enjoyed. Thanks largely to the eclectic taste of William Sturgis Bigelow, the donor of over half of the Museum’s collection, the MFA has a fine assortment of these intriguing and unusual materials. In particular, a group of large paper board games by major 19th-century artists will be presented in pristine condition.




    • 07 Feb 2015
    • 28 Jun 2015
    • Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, 41 Quadrangle Drive, Amherst, MA


    The Photography of Kageyama Kōyō 

    The photographs of Kageyama Kōyō (1907–1981) document the changing urban landscape of Tokyo during the Shōwa imperial period (1926–1989). Kageyama captured scenes of the city as it rebuilt after the Great Kantō Earthquake of 1923, underwent militarization in the 1930s, endured the years of World Word II and its aftermath, and as it developed into a global metropolis. Simultaneously, and with special poignancy, Kageyama recorded intimate and heartbreaking moments in his family’s life. He also used his camera to draw attention to the pressing social issues of the day—the neglect of war veterans, for example; and the demonstrations against the Mutual Security Treaty in 1960.

    This exhibition features the Mead’s collection of photographs by Kageyama Kōyō that reflect the changing face of Tokyo—especially the people on the street—from the 1920s to the 1970s. Representing the only significant collection of Kageyama photographs in the United States, the images on display offer a rarely seen view of Japan, from its carefree dancing couples before the war to its forgotten veterans and malnourished children after.

    Mead Art Museum

    • 07 Feb 2015
    • 28 Jun 2015
    • Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, 41 Quadrangle Drive, Amherst, MA

    Animals in the Art of Japan

    On view February 7–June 28, 2015

    This special exhibition explores the appearance of animals throughout different genres of Japanese woodblock prints, textiles, and fashionable objects. From Japanese folklore to kabuki performances, from the embroidered robes of courtesans to fascinating “secret calendars,” animals—domestic, wild, and fantastical—offer a view into the “floating world” of Japan.Made possible with generous support from the David W. Mesker and Hall & Kate Peterson funds.

    Mead Art Museum

    • 28 Feb 2015
    • 24 May 2015
    • Prints, Drawings and Photographs Gallery,Worcester Art Museum

    Uncanny Japan: The Art of Yoshitoshi

    February 28 – May 24, 2015 
    Prints, Drawings and Photographs Gallery

    Worcester Art Museum

    Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) is remembered as one of the greatest designers of the Japanese woodblock print at a time when the medium was facing increasing competition from photography and lithography.

    This exhibition will feature a variety of Yoshitoshi’s most appealing works – images of horror and cruelty, supernatural creatures, commanding acts of bravery by legendary figures from Japanese history, images of samurai, and sensitive portraits of contemporary women. But it also proposes new ways of understanding his life and artistic trajectory, which became increasingly retrospective in his final decade, reinforcing this sense of Yoshitoshi as an artist living between two eras.

    More information here

    • 05 Apr 2015
    • 12 Jul 2015
    • Henry and Lois Foster Gallery (Gallery 158), Museum of Fine Arts Boston

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston presents

    In the Wake

    Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11

    April 5, 2015 – July 12, 2015
    Henry and Lois Foster Gallery (Gallery 158)

    The Great East Japan Earthquake struck on March 11, 2011, and an enormous wave of water swept through towns in the Tōhoku (Northeast) region, destroying virtually everything in its path and irrevocably damaging the Fukushima nuclear power plant. This triple disaster was of such epic proportions that it became a defining moment for Japan. A number of photographers felt compelled to record not only the events’ physical effects on the land, but also to interpret the overarching significance of the tragedy through art. This exhibition is the first in the US or Japan to explore the photographic response to these events.

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    • 05 Apr 2015
    • 09 Aug 2015
    • Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue Boston

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston presents


    April 5, 2015 – August 9, 2015

    Ann and Graham Gund Gallery (Gallery LG31)

    Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) was the first Japanese artist to be internationally recognized, and he continues to inspire artists around the world. As the home of the largest and finest collection of Japanese art outside Japan—including the greatest variety of Hokusai works in any museum—the MFA is uniquely positioned to offer a comprehensive exhibition of this remarkable artist. 

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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