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

    • 11 Sep 2015
    • 18 Oct 2015
    • Boston University Art Galleries, 855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

    Boston University Art Galleries presents

    A Call for Peace: 

    Iri and Toshi Maruki’s Hiroshima Panels & Artifacts from the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    September 11 - October 18, 2015
    Boston University Art Galleries

    In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, A Call for Peace presents six of the 15 Hiroshima Panels by Iri and Toshi Maruki and artifacts collected from the detonation sites lent by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. 

    The Marukis, Nobel Peace Prize nominees in 1995, produced the paintings over 30 years and were the subject of the 1986 Academy nominated documentary Hellfire: A Journey from Hiroshima. 

    The panels represent recollections from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, “where hell and the modern age fused in August 1945.” These impressive pieces are famous throughout Japan and have been exhibited in more than 20 nations worldwide.

    • 17 Sep 2015
    • 18 Oct 2015
    • Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Hall, 125 Arborway, 02130

    Arnold Arboretum and Jamaica Plain Open Studios present

    Artists in the Arboretum, 2015

    **A poster created by ELEANOR RUBIN to assist recovery in Japan after the tsunami and earthquake is also on view **

    September 17- October 18, 2015

    Reception : Thursday, September 17, 5-7PM

    Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Hall, 125 Arborway, 02130

    Twenty-four artists were selected by jury for an exhibition at the Arboretum in conjunction with Jamaica Plain Open Studios. 

     A wide variety of media and styles will be represented in art inspired by the plants and landscape of the Arnold Arboretum. Photography, oil, collage, watercolor, stained glass, and more will be on display for Arboretum visitors during this annual show.

    JP Open Studios weekend is September 19-20, 10:00am–5:00pm at the Arnold Arboretum. The Artists in the Arboretum exhibition will be in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall from September 17-October 18, 2015 with an opening reception on September 17, 5-7pm. 

     The public is welcome to attend.

    Note: Exhibition hall is not open on Wednesdays.  

    Call for best viewing hours on other days. 617-384-5209 


    • 16 Oct 2015
    • 14 Nov 2015
    • Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University presents

    teamLab at Radcliffe:

     What a Loving and Beautiful World

    October 16–November 14, 2015

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

    Hours: Monday through Saturday, 12 PM–5 PM 

    The newly renovated Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery at the Radcliffe Institute will open with a multimedia exhibition by teamLab that immerses viewers in a sophisticated and dreamlike world that is digitally generated. Based in Japan, teamLab is a consortium of artists, engineers, and computer scientists specializing in unique ultra-technological installations, where contemporary art, design, engineering, and computer science meet.

    This exhibition is only the second ever in the United States dedicated to teamLab.

    In teamLab at Radcliffe: What a Loving and Beautiful World, Chinese and Japanese characters appear on the walls of the gallery. When the viewer’s hand touches a character, an image of the character’s meaning emerges and interacts with images generated from other characters. The result is a colorful, multisensory space that continuously evolves as the images influence one another. New visual worlds are constantly created, and never repeated, immersing each visitor in his or her own unique experience.

    Installations by teamLab have garnered attention around the world and have been displayed at Art Basel Hong Kong, Expo Milano, the Singapore Biennale, as well as in art festivals, galleries, and exhibition spaces in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, Sweden, and Taiwan.

    More Information Here

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