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

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

    • 08 Nov 2016
    • (EST)
    • 14 May 2017
    • (EDT)
    • G.W.V. Smith Art Museum, Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA

    Turtle Power! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Samurai Heroes

    November 8, 2016–May 14, 2017

    G.W.V. Smith Art Museum, Springfield Museums

    A unique and imaginative exhibit that brings together original graphic novel art from the collection of local Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles enthusiast Elias Derby and the Museums’ own world-famous collection of Japanese artwork, arms and armor.

    • 10 Dec 2016
    • (EST)
    • 20 Aug 2017
    • (EDT)
    • Museum of Fine Arts, Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

    December 10, 2016–August 20, 2017

    Museum of Fine Arts

    Examine the changing image of Japanese women though prints, book illustrations, and photographs made in Japan from the 1890s to the 1930s. During this crucial period of rapid modernization, traditional ideas of ideal beauty and behavior intermingled with imported styles and concepts. Arranged in roughly chronological order, the exhibition begins with ukiyo-e woodblock prints of the late Meiji era (1868–1912) and postcards that include both photographs and artists’ depictions. A recent gift of kuchi-e prints—color woodblock frontispieces for books of the early 1900s, usually romantic fiction—makes up the exhibition’s core. Shin hanga prints from the 1910s and ‘30s depict beautiful women in both traditional and modern styles.

    • 10 Mar 2017
    • 30 Sep 2017
    • Boston Children's Museum, Japanese House Gallery 308 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210


    Friday, March 10 to Saturday, September 30, 2017

    Boston Children's Museum, Japanese House Gallery 

    308 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210

    This special art show is brought to you by the members of the “ART THINKING” project team at Tohoku University of Art & Design in Japan. After the devastating earthquake and tsunami in their hometown in March 2011, they decided to use the special power of ART to make the world a better place and connect with many friends like you. So they brought this exhibition to Boston as their fourth annual international friendship making project.

    The exhibit also brings opportunities for visitors to peek into today’s youth culture and children’s experience in Japan. Visitors are encouraged to make comparisons and share their own stories. Through this cross-cultural experience we hope to engage visitors in joyful discovery of learning and foster their appreciation of the world.

    • 28 Apr 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Showa Boston, 420 Pond Street, Boston, MA 02130

    Hiroko Watanabe Calligraphy Exhibition

    Friday, April 28 from 6PM to 8PM

    Showa Boston, 420 Pond Street, Boston, MA 02130

    The workshop starts at 7PM and is reserved for JET alumni and Showa Boston's student-hosting volunteers only. If you are a JET or SFC, please RSVP to Miyo Takahashi at mle@showaboston.edu by Friday, April 14.

    Nagoya-based Hiroko Watanabe has been a professional calligraphy artist since 1996. Aside from working with characters on paper, Watanabe has produced calligraphy for store windows, logos, and even has a series of 3D calligraphy installations known as "
    the first and only calligraphy 3D works."

      Her calligraphy exhibition is open to the public.
    • 03 May 2017
    • 26 Jun 2017
    • The Transit Gallery, Gordon Hall, Lower Level 25 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115

    The Transit Gallery, Gordon Hall, Lower Level
    25 Shattuck Street
    , Boston, MA 02115

    May 3 – June 26, 2017

    Opening event: 
    Benjamin Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall

    25 Shattuck St,
    Boston, MA 02115

    Thursday May 18th, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

    An exhibit of Susumu “Sus” Ito’s photographs taken while on duty during World War II. 

    Before They Were Heroes gives the public a rare and breathtaking look at the daily lives of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion of the celebrated all-Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team.


    Please join us for an opening event:

    Thursday May 18th, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

    Benjamin Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall
    25 Shattuck St,
    Boston, MA 02115

    Dr. Elio Raviola, Bullard Professor of Neurobiology, Emeritus, Harvard Medical School

    Dr. James T. McIlwain, Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience, Brown University

    Dr. Paul Y. Watanabe, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston

    Margie Yamamoto, co-president of the New England Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League

    Reception in the gallery immediately following:

    Transit Gallery
    Gordon Hall, Lower Level

    25 Shattuck Street
    , Boston, MA 02115


    This exhibit was organized by the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, and is sponsored by the HMS Office of Human Resources, the Japanese American Citizen’s League, and Dr. James Adelstein.

    To learn more about the Transit Gallery and its exhibits, visit http://hms.harvard.edu/humanresources/community-activities/transit-gallery. Please direct questions to: Tania_Rodriguez@hms.harvard.edu.

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