japan society of boston events

The Japan Society of Boston hosts a variety of events to help connect Japan and Boston. JSB Members can get discounts, or even free admission, to these events!

Upcoming events

    • 29 May 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Havana Room, CIC at One Broadway, 5th Floor Cambridge, MA

    Yosakoi at JSB

    Havana Room, CIC at One Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge, MA
    Tuesday, May 29, 2018 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM

    Come learn yosakoi festival dancing with us! Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that are easy to move in, and we will provide the happi coats for the evening (or bring your own if you have one!)

    The evening will begin with an explanation of what yosakoi is from JSB's own Honoka Kitaura, who has studied yosakoi in Japan. She will then lead us all in a yosakoi dance, teaching steps and motions with festival music and naruko clappers.

    • 30 May 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210

    Book Talk: Welcoming the West

    Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 6 - 8 PM

    BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210

    Welcoming the West focuses on the history and design of six of Japan’s grand resort hotels: the Nara, the Fujiya, the Nikko Kanaya, the Fuji View, the Biwako, and the Gamagori.

    Since opening its shores to the outside world in the late nineteenth century, Japan has sustained an active relationship of cultural exchange with the West. Japan's grand resort hotels, built during the era between the Restoration of the Meiji Emperor in 1868 until the onset of war in the late 1930s, are some of the most engaging and enduring examples of this cross-fertilization.

    Author Andrea Leers FAIA, principal and co-founder of Leers Weinzapfel Associates, will share her study of and reflections on the commingling of Japan's architectural traditions and Western hotel influences.

    Following Andrea's comments, a reception with light refreshments will take place, and books will be available for purchase.


    This program is in partnership with Boston Society  of Architects/AIA BSA Foundation

    • 30 May 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM
    • Museum of Fine Arts, Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

    Paper Lanterns Screening with Shigeaki Mori

    Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm

    Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium (Auditorium 161)

    Directed by Barry Frechette (USA, 2016, 60 min.). Digital.

    Followed by a discussion with the film’s subject Shigeaki Mori, who is making a very special appearance in the United States for the first and only time.

    On August 6, 1945, the atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima, Japan. Among the estimated 140,000 casualties that day were 12 American prisoners of war, held since July 28 at the Hiroshima Military Police Headquarters after being shot down during a bombing raid. For decades, the families of these 12 Americans were never informed about the fates of their loved ones. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Shigeaki Mori, himself a hibakusha (A-bomb survivor), the names of the 12 Americans are now included in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and their relatives have learned the truth. Paper Lanterns documents Mr. Mori’s story and his dream of reaching out to the families of these lost airmen.

    Co-presented with the Japan Society of Boston and the United States-Japan Council.

    Watch the trailer

    Ticket Information
    To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975 ($6 processing fee applies); to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk.

    • 07 Jun 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Venture Cafe Kendall, 1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02142

    Japan Life Sciences Innovation Night

    Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Venture Cafe Kendall
    1 Broadway, 5th Floor
    Cambridge, MA 02142

    Closing out the annual BIO International Convention, Japanese and Japan-focused Harvard & MIT researchers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and major pharmaceutical reps will gather at Venture Café to explore avenues of collaboration in Boston’s Life Sciences community. This event is a collaboration between the CIC Japan Desk, the Consulate General of Japan to Boston, JETRO, and the Japan Society of Boston.

    Japan and Boston share a strategic relationship -- this evening of networking, panel discussions pitches, and flash talks seeks to align the next generation of entrepreneurial spirit with the talent and resources needed to thrive in tomorrow’s market.

    Join us at Venture Café Kendall on June 7th -
    Free Sushi and Drinks!


    Panel Discussion - What Can Japan Learn from the Boston Bio Ecosystem?

    Demo Booths and Info Tables

    Flash Talks - Lessons Learned from Cross-Cultural Business and Research

    Innovate Pharma: Reverse Pitches & Round-table with Pharma Industry Leaders

    Pitches by Biotech Startups from the US and Japan

    Who should attend?

    • Boston Biotech Investors seeking to meet innovative leading biotech startups from Asia,

    • Startups looking for strategic alliance opportunities with Japanese and the US large pharma companies, and getting connected with agencies who support foreign market entrants,

    • Other ecosystem builders (researchers, incubators, etc.)

    • Students interested in working or learning bio industry

    • 12 Jun 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • CIC Boston, Meridian Room, 50 Milk Street 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02109
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    Language Exchange

    at the Japan Society of Boston

    Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

    CIC Boston, Meridian Room, 5th Floor
    50 Milk Street, Boston, MA 02109

    Free for JSB members | $5 for public

    Registration accepted online or at-the-door

    Join us for a Japanese/English language exchange with native Japanese speakers! We will begin the evening with a half an hour of speaking in Japanese, followed by a half an hour of speaking in English, and alternate until we hit 7 PM. We hope that our guests will meet others and find new paths for improving and enjoying their Japanese and English language skills. We expect all guests to come with a friendly disposition to learn and help others learn!

    We are grateful to the Meetup.com community: Boston Japanese & English Language Club, for sharing this event with their 2,000+ members. 

    Please note that we often take pictures at events for our records and sometimes for use in public media such as Facebook and blog posts. Registering for an event generally signifies acknowledgment that your likeness may be used in these ways. If you are not comfortable with this, please let us know and we can accommodate you. 
    • 28 Jun 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Hemingway Room, 18F, 50 Milk St, Boston, MA 02110

    Japan Society of Boston Book Club

    Thursday, June 28, 2018 from 6-8 PM
    Hemingway Room, 18F

    50 Milk St, Boston, MA 02110

    Please join us for the inaugural meeting of the Japan Society of Boston Book Club! It is the intention of this book club to read the written works of Japanese and Japanese-American writers as well as other works that offer insights into Japan and Japanese culture. Meetings will consist of time for socializing, book discussion, and administrative tasks, such as voting for the new book for the next month and where the next month’s meeting will be held.

    For our first meeting the JSB Book Club will be discussing Kokoro by Natsume Soseki, “a deeply thematic novel that provides an excellent introduction to one of Japan’s most beloved authors.”

    Come join your fellow book and Japan enthusiasts and bring any suggestions you have for future book club meetings. Read Kokoro before June 28, and come discuss with us!

    This event is open to Japan Society of Boston Members only.

    • 25 Jun 2019
    • 01 Jul 2019

    manjiro trip to Hyogo with the Japan society of boston

    June 25 to July 1, 2019

    Next Summer, the Japan Society Boston will be traveling to Hyogo Prefecture! We are leading a group from Boston to participate in the storied Manjiro/Whitfield Exchange. The group will travel to historic castles and local hot-spots, as well as spend three nights living with a Japanese host family.

    We will update this event when registration opens up. Please contact us for questions.

Past events

15 May 2018 Japan/Boston Business Forum: Lunch With Ken Hokugo, Pension Fund Association of Japan
08 May 2018 Japanese/English Language Exchange
08 May 2018 Brown Bag / Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative
17 Apr 2018 2018 Annual Gala Dinner
10 Apr 2018 Japanese Language Soirée
10 Apr 2018 Brown Bag / Japan Festival Boston
07 Apr 2018 TAMAGAWA TAIKO & DANCE 2018
20 Mar 2018 Brown Bag / The Japanese Tea Ceremony
13 Feb 2018 Japanese Language Soirée
13 Feb 2018 Brown Bag / Yoko Takemura
01 Feb 2018 Japan/Boston Business Forum: Lunch With Wendy Cutler, Asia Society Policy Institute
30 Jan 2018 Volunteer Night at the Japan Society of Boston
09 Jan 2018 Japanese Language Soirée
09 Jan 2018 Brown Bag / Kanoko Kamata
12 Dec 2017 Japanese Language Soirée New Years Celebration
12 Dec 2017 Brown Bag / Yasuhiro Yamauchi
07 Dec 2017 Guided Tour of the MFA
06 Dec 2017 Japan/Boston Business Forum: Lunch With Masahiro Mori, Head of GPIF America
28 Nov 2017 Up-Close with Imperial Robes: Experience the Juunihitoe Kimono in Boston
14 Nov 2017 Japanese Language Soirée
14 Nov 2017 Brown Bag / Gerry Rooney
07 Nov 2017 Japan’s Trade Strategy in an Age of Rising Protectionism
03 Nov 2017 Is Japan's Energy Policy Aligned with a 2C Future?
10 Oct 2017 Japanese Language Soirée
10 Oct 2017 Brown Bag / Motoko Day
06 Oct 2017 Business Insight and Networking with Kosuke Motani
30 Sep 2017 Kodo 香道 ーIncense Appreciation 3:00pm Seating
30 Sep 2017 Kodo 香道 ーIncense Appreciation 1:00pm Seating
23 Sep 2017 Teaching Japan in the Classroom: Haiku and More
12 Sep 2017 Brown Bag / Satoko "Lisa" Watanabe
08 Sep 2017 Paper Lanterns: Special Screening with Director Barry Frechette and Producer Peter Grilli
07 Sep 2017 Paper Lanterns: Special Screening with Director Barry Frechette and Producer Peter Grilli
28 Aug 2017 Japanese Language Soirée
08 Aug 2017 Brown Bag / Keiko Thayer
11 Jul 2017 Brown Bag / Miwa Suzuki: Being Japanese, Working in America - Hear and Share Stories
26 Jun 2017 Manjiro Trip to Nara with JSB
13 Jun 2017 Brown Bag / Mikio Yoshimura: Japan and the Red Sox: A View from Inside
22 May 2017 Business Luncheon: U.S./Japan Business Relations in the Trump/Abe Era, With Glen Fukushima
19 May 2017 Business Breakfast: Corporate Governance in Japan: Winds of Change?
09 May 2017 Brown Bag / Ray Matsumiya: Talking About Mid-East Peace in Japan: What I Learned in Hiroshima
29 Apr 2017 ISAC Hackathon
11 Apr 2017 Brown Bag / Roy Rondoe: Save a Life, Send a Robot
02 Apr 2017 Tamagawa Taiko
21 Feb 2017 Research and Reflections on Fukushima Today: Recovery Progress Since the Triple Disaster of 03.11.11
14 Feb 2017 Brown Bag / Peter Grilli: The Story of the "Paper Lanterns" Film
28 Oct 2016 Paper Lanterns, followed by Q&A with director Barry Frechette
19 Oct 2016 Paper Lanterns with director Barry Frechette
18 Oct 2016 2016 Annual Dinner
19 Sep 2016 Japanese Language Classes - Fall Semester
09 Apr 2016 Tamagawa Taiko and Dance
03 Apr 2016 The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta
25 Feb 2016 Paper Lanterns - A New Film by Barry Frechette
04 Feb 2016 The Soul of Anime, and How Japanese Manga and Music Defy Zombie Capitalism
25 Oct 2015 Nobuyuki Tsujii Concert in Boston with Longwood Symphony
14 Sep 2015 Japanese Language Classes - Fall Semester
24 Jul 2015 JSB Members Event : The Reischauer Memorial House Visit
29 Jun 2015 Meet Masanori Murakami -Japan’s First Major Leaguer, and Book Signing
26 May 2015 2015 Annual Dinner
05 Apr 2015 Tamagawa Daigaku, TAIKO & DANCE Group
16 Feb 2015 Japanese Language Classes - Spring Semester
16 Jan 2015 Lunch Talk by Yukio Okamoto, “Prospects for Japan and its Economic Competitiveness” - JSB Members Free Event!
08 Nov 2014 Kodo 香道 ーIncense Appreciation
30 Oct 2014 Save the Date! ボストン着物ショー!
30 Oct 2014 The Japanese Kimono-Now and Then : Registration is closed
01 Oct 2014 Learning to Lead: Lessons from Japan
07 Aug 2014 Movie Night at Showa Boston!
06 Aug 2014 Lunch and Behind the Scenes Tour of the State House!
31 Jul 2014 Swimming at Showa Boston!
24 Jul 2014 Tanabata at Showa Boston!
26 Jun 2014 Sadao Watanabe in Concert! JSB Members Enter to win a pair of tickets
26 Jun 2014 Sadao Watanabe in Concert! $5 discount for JSB Members
29 May 2014 Win a copy of "Dream Window", "The Inland Sea"
27 May 2014 Win Yukata from Kyoto!! Giveaway for this week!!!
14 May 2014 Member Appreciation Month - Win Sake and Gifts from Gionbayashi Musicians from Kyoto!
08 May 2014 2014 Annual Dinner
15 Apr 2014 Writing Between Languages and Cultures with Yoko Tawada
11 Feb 2014 2014 John E. Thayer, III Award - Nominations now being accepted
05 Feb 2014 POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER - Address by the Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. The Honorable Kenichiro Sasae
29 Jan 2014 Japan Business Forum: JAPAN UPDATE
09 Oct 2013 "Can Abenomics Save Japan?" Japan Business Forum with
10 Sep 2013 Locally Brewed Sake Tasting - Member Networking Event
06 Jun 2013 2013 Annual Dinner
19 May 2013 Japan Festival 2013
17 May 2013 Sake Tasting - SOLD OUT
16 May 2013 Win a Pair of Red Sox Tickets
02 May 2013 Win a Business Class Ticket to Japan on the direct JAL Flight
11 Mar 2013 Japanese Disaster Relief Fund Boston Final Report on Tohoku and Screening of "Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story"
10 Mar 2013 Rad Smith Program on Japanese Art presents: Ikenobo Ikebana - 550th Year Celebration
26 Feb 2013 2012 John E. Thayer, III Award - Nominations now being accepted
31 Jan 2013 Japan Business Forum with Izumi Kobayashi
13 Jan 2013 Japan Society & Boston Children's Museum Annual Oshogatsu New Year's Celebration
06 Dec 2012 Japan Business Forum with Dr. Hiroyuki Fujita
05 Nov 2012 Welcome Reception for Consul General Akira Muto
13 Mar 2011 Rad Smith Program on Japanese Art - "A Day About Japanese Tea"

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