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

    • 17 Feb 2015
    • 20 Apr 2015
    • McCormick Gallery, Boston Architectural College 320 Newbury Street Boston, MA 02115


    McCormick Gallery, Boston Architectural College

    320 Newbury Street
    Boston, MA 02115

    February 17, 2015 - April 20, 2015

    Obento and Built Space: Japanese Boxed Lunch and Architecture examines the material and social culture of bento boxes and how they inspire architects and designers to think about the potential of emptiness, craft, portability, and sustainability. Using miniature environments that individuals carry with them as a touchstone for good design, we explore formal and experiential principles. We share the story of one manufacturer of bento boxes and the art of making a carefully crafted boxed lunch in relation to the recipient, to the season, and to the maker's intent.

    More details here

    • 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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