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

    • 08 Oct 2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • 29 Nov 2015
    • Griffin Museum of Photography, 67 Shore Rd, Winchester MA 01890

    Griffin Museum of Photography presents

    Patric Nagatani - Themes and Variations

    October 8, 2015–November 29, 2015

    Free for Griffin Museum of Photography Members | $10 Nonmembers

    For more than 30 years Patrick Nagatani has been sharing his narratives through the photographs he makes. Nagatani’s images take you on fascinating journeys that explore history, personal philosophy, culture, spirituality, fantasy and reality. Images from seven major bodies of work that Nagatani has completed are presented at the Griffin Museum as well as a literary and photographic novel, “The Race,” that he is currently creating with other artists.

    Nagatani’s exhibition, Themes and Variations, is featured in the Main Gallery, Atelier Gallery and Griffin Gallery at the Griffin Museum in Winchester October 8 through November 29, 2015. An opening reception with the artist takes place on October 8, 7-8:30 p.m. Patrick Nagatani will give a gallery talk and tour of Themes and Variations at 5:00 PM. The talk is FREE for members, $10 nonmembers.

    More Information Here 

    • 05 Dec 2015
    • 10 Jan 2016
    • Pucker Gallery, 240 Newbury Street, 3rd floor , Boston, Massachusetts 02116

    Pucker Gallery presents

    Ancient & Modern

    Ceramics by RANDY JOHNSTON

    Monday, December 5th, 2015 -  Sunday 10th, 2015

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

    Randy Johnston has been working in ceramics in his wisconsin studio for more than four decades. He is internationally recognized for bringing a fresh aesthetic vision to contemporary form and for his commitment to functional expression. 

    He has also made significant contributions to the development of kiln technology in the United States. He is currently a professor at the University of wisconsin, River Falls, where he teaches ceramics and drawing, and served as Department Chair from 2009 to 2013. 

    His work is exhibited internationally and he is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Bush Artist Fellowship granted by the Bush Foundation in Minnesota, and two Visual Artist Fellowships from the national endowment for the Arts. Johnston received his MFA from Southern Illinois University and his BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Minnesota, where he studied with warren Mackenzie. 

    He also studied in Mashiko, Japan, at the pottery of tatsuzo Shimaoka, who was a living national treasure and a student of Shoji Hamada. Johnston has given hundreds of lectures and guest artist presentations worldwide. 

    His ceramics are included in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, london; Minneapolis Art Institute; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; los Angeles County Museum of Art; nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Currier Museum of Art; Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution; and numerous other international public and private collections.


    • 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 

    • 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

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