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The Japan Society of Boston works across New England to foster friendships between Japanese and American citizens. We connect business to business, culture to culture, country to country, and organization to organization, through cultural, business, educational, and community focused programing. 

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In Memoriam: Vernon Alden

We are very, very sad to announce the passing of our beloved board member and Chairman Emeritus, Dr. Vernon Alden on June 22, 2020.  Dr. Alden was known and respected as a "larger than life figure" internationally, nationally, across New England, and of course most especially in his hometown of Boston.  Wherever his professional life took him, his relationship with Japan always remained vitally important to him.  His admiration and love for Japan and the Japanese people was infectious, and having served as Chairman of the Japan Society of Boston for over 40 years, his dedication to furthering U.S.- Japan relations was truly remarkable.  This interview from Ohio University, where he was President from 1962 to 1969, captures Dr. Alden's incredible life. 

We offer our deepest condolences to his family, and to his many friends and colleagues around the globe.   Our thoughts and prayers go out to them at this very difficult and painful time.

Condolences should be sent to Dr Alden's son, James Alden, at 6 Brooks Hill Road, Lincoln, MA 01773.

Free Online resources to keep you connected

Free Japanese language learning tools

Tae Kim's Guide to Learning JapaneseExcellent free grammar resource with built in workbooks

Aozora BunkoFree Japanese Library Database! Copyright free classics my Natsume Soseki and more...

Learn Japanese with ErinFree resource from the Japan Foundation. Watch high school student Erin navigate Japan and the Japanese language at your own pace, read along, and take the quizzes.

NHK-World Japan Easy Japanese 2015Dialogues presented with animation. Romaji and translation provided.

Japanese cooking

Just one CookbookPretty popular resource for Japanese cuisine in English

Wa-ShokuikuJapanese Inspired online food education curriculum

Arts and Museums

Origami-InstructionsInstructions of how to hold origami

MIT Visualizing CulturesCollection of images with scholarly comments

MFA Boston Japanese arts lectures

Bad Monks, Temple Warriors: The Spectrum of Japanese Religious History

Japanese Art: Tattoos, Prints, and Design

Art of Japan: The Many Worlds of Ukiyo-e Prints

Gilded-Age Bostonians and Old Japan: An Ironic Love Affair

Cultural History of Late Tokugawa Japan

Hokusai: The End of an Era

Naoya Hatakeyama: Personal Landscapes

Bostonians in 19th-Century Japan: The Formation of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Collection


ANNUAL GALA is going VIRTUAL this year in September 2020!


    To kick start a healthy diet and an appreciation for Japanese culture, New England JETAA and Japan Society of Boston banded together to co-host a hands-on workshop on healthy bentos (box lunches) and kyushoku (Japanese school lunches). The workshop included a discussion on Japanese cuisine and it's historical and cultural influence on US-Japan relations, a hands-on demonstration on how to prepare a healthy and delicious Japanese bento, and premiered "Nourishing Japan," a new documentary on school lunch and food education in Japan. Attendees assembled, prepared and ate bentos, making for a fun filled day of community and nourishment!

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The Japan Society of Boston organizes events tailored to the interests of our members and circulates information about Japan-related events across Boston for everyone who loves Japan through our Bi-Weekly newsletter.

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