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 

    • 09 Apr 2016
    • 07 May 2016
    • Lacoste Gallery, 25 Main Street, Concord, MA 01742



    by Japanese and Western Artists

    April 9 -­ May 7, 2016

    Showcasing Japanese and Western sake ware at its finest.

    Opening Reception
    April 9, 3 -­ 5 PM
    Artists' Dialogue 1:00 ­ 2:30pm

    Click here for more images

    The show features renowned Japanese and Western artists presenenting a wide range of forms and firing; simple wood fired surfaces, highly decorated surfaces, as well as innovative approaches to design. It is organized by Jeff Shapiro.

    Artists dialogue with Jeff Shapiro, Tim Rowan, Lucien Koonce, Ron Hand and Rob Fornell.

    List of artists:


    Hamanaka Gesson 

    Higashida Shigemasa

     Inayoshi Osamu

     Isezaki Jun

    Isezaki Koichiro 

    Kakurezaki Ryuchi 

    Noriyuki Yamamoto 

    Suzuki Goro

    Toyoba Seiya 

    Tsujimura Kai 

    Tsujimura Shiro


    Betsy Willia

    Jeff Shapiro 

    Lisa Hammond 

    Lucien Koonce 

    Rob Fornell 

    Ron Hand 

    Sco Parady 

    Tim Rowan 

    Willi Singleton

    Tsujimura Yui

    RSVP to info@lacostegallery.com 

    • 09 Apr 2016
    • 28 May 2016
    • Kaji Aso Studio Institute for the Arts 40 Saint Stephen Street Boston

    Kaji Aso presents

    “Endless Journey”

    April 9 - 28, 2016

    Highlighting Artwork from the Collection of Michael and Paula Aschettino

    Spring Concert Series

    Friday, April 15th at 6 pm

    Featuring Luca Sacher, Pianist

    Performing works by Scarlatti, Schumann, and Scriabin

    Please join us for a reception to view these rarely seen

    works of Kaji Aso and meet the musicians.

    Concert is approximately 45 minutes. No admission fee. Donations gratefully accepted.

    Your donation will benefit the musicians and Kaji Aso Studio.

    Kaji Aso Studio Institute for the Arts 40 Saint Stephen Street Boston, MA 02115

    Gallery Hours: Tues 7-9 pm; Sat 2-4 pm and by appointment.

    administrator@kajiasostudio.com 617-247-1719

    Kaji Aso Studio 

    • 04 Jun 2016
    • 17 Jul 2016
    • Pucker Gallery, 240 Newbury Street, 3rd floor , Boston, Massachusetts 02116

    One with the Elements

    Ceramic by Ken Matsuzaki

    4 June - 17 July, 2016

    Pucker Gallery, 240 Newbury Street, 3rd floor , Boston


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