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

    • 29 Aug 2015
    • 15 Feb 2016
    • Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue Boston

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston presents

    In the Steps of the Master Pupils of Hokusai

    Aug 29, 2015 – February 15, 2016

    Museum of Fine Art, Boston

    The amazing versatility of the great Katsushika Hokusai is reflected in the work of his many pupils, who were inspired by their master to produce outstanding prints and paintings of many different subjects: beautiful women, historical warriors, landscapes, still lifes, and fabulous monsters. This exhibition examines the first wave of Hokusai’s impact on the Japanese art world, during his own lifetime and shortly thereafter, as seen in the work of the artists who studied with him in person.

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    • 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 

    • 15 Jan 2016
    • 11 Mar 2016
    • Griffin Museum of Photography, 67 Shore Rd, Winchester MA 01890

    The Griffin Museum at Digital Silver Imaging

    Landscapes and Prayers
    Marky Kauffmann

    January 15, 2016–March 11, 2016

    Massachusetts-based photographer and educator Marky Kauffmann’s photographs are inspired by her love of nature and of the land.

    In Landscapes and PrayersKauffmann’s images display a sense of peace, harmony and order, but also tension, destruction and chaos, as it exists in the natural world. “The story of these landscapes begins with my maternal grandmother, who studied the art of ikebana flower arranging while living in Japan at the end of World War II,” says Kauffmann. “As a child, I was completely captivated by my grandmother’s flower arrangements. Her use of line, shape, pattern, texture, color, symmetry and asymmetry seduced and mesmerized me. And so, as an adult, I became an arranger, too,” she says.

    • 16 Jan 2016
    • 28 Feb 2016
    • Pucker Gallery, 240 Newbury Street, 3rd floor , Boston, Massachusetts 02116

    Pucker Gallery presents

    Rich History, Vibrant Present 

    by Ben Owen III

    16 January - 28 February, 2016

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

    If clay could be in a potter’s blood, it would be in the blood of Ben Owen III. (b.1968) With a ceramic history going back several generations in a part of North Carolina that is renown for both production and art pottery, Owen III makes pots surrounded by history, potter friends, and his family. The history of Owen III’s forbears is well documented, and is meaningful in its power. Owen III’s grandfather Ben Owen Sr. (1904-1983), worked for the well-known Jugtown Pottery under the ownership of Jacques and Juliana Busbee.


    • 01 Feb 2016
    • 9:00 AM
    • 29 Feb 2016
    • Cambridge Public Library- Central Square Branch 45 Pearl Street Cambridge , MA

    American Friends Service Committee presents

    Remembering Hiroshima Working for a Nuclear Weapons Free World

    1 February - 29 February 

    Cambridge Public Library- Central Square Branch 45 Pearl Street Cambridge , MA

     The exhibit consists of rare and deeply moving photographs of the consequences of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki A-bombings and paintings by the Hibakusha (witness/survivors of the A-Bombs.)  It was given to us by Nihon Hidankyo, the Japan Confederatoin of A- & H- Bomb Sufferers Organizations.

         In addition to the exhibit, we are partnering with WILPF’s First Thursday Film Series and have arranged four  important public talks over the course of the month.  Here’s the schedule. The film and each talk begin at 7 p.m. SHARP!

         February 4 – Film “Containment” about the dangers of storing nuclear waste, with directors Peter Gibson  and Robb Moss

         February 9 – Joseph Gerson: Hibakusha and their quest for a nuclear weapons-free world

         February 16 – Ward Wilson: The Realist Case for Eliminating Nuclear Weapons

         February 18 – Hillary Chute: Graphic Novels and the Trauma of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

         February 25 – Elaine Scarry: Democracy and Nuclear Weapons Cannot Co-Exist

    Event Website

    • 02 Feb 2016
    • 20 Feb 2016
    • Wedeman Gallery , The Yamawaki Aart Center, Lasell College, 47 Myrtle Avenue, Auburndale, MA

    Twisted Again: 

    The New Kumihimo

    February 2-22, 2016        

    Opening celebration February 7th, 4-6 PM

    Curated by Lyn Christiansen for

    The Wedeman Gallery  at the Yamawaki Art & Cultural Center

    Lasell College, Auburndale, Massachusetts


    Jacqui  Carey      Devon, UK

      Lyn Christiansen     Massachusetts, US

    Hiroko Ojima          Kochi, Japan

    Jennie Parry                Leicester, UK

    Makiko Tada           Tokyo Japan

    Helen Vonow           Adelaide, Australia

    Curator's Introduction:

    Follow the tracks of the ancient caravans and nomadic peoples through history and you will find braids — fiber interlaced on the bias to make strong bands, belts, and cords needed for everyday life. Using natural fibers of different shades, wonderful patterns emerged. When traders came to a natural stopping point like the Island of Japan, various stands to make the braids were invented and perfected making possible more and more complex braids using dozens of bobbins of many colors in multiple layers. The Japanese word for making these complex braids is Kumihimo. Read more

    More Information Here

    Wedeman Gallery

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