In Memoriam: Ikuko Burns


We are sad to announce the passing of distinguished sculptor and Japan Society of Boston board member, Ikuko Burns. Ikuko had been battling cancer and serious illness for the past several months and passed away Sunday, October 8 at her home in Brookline, surrounded by her loving family.


It is difficult to find the words to express how beloved she was, to all of us at the Japan Society of Boston and throughout the wider community. Her efforts to strengthen the ties between Boston and Japan are the stuff of legends, and there are few that we have known with the passion, dedication, and kindness of Ikuko Burns. She loved creating and building bonds of friendship between the people of New England and Japan, and she was truly exceptional at doing so. Her many years of bridging the two cultures had given her a special sensitivity and understanding which we were able to witness first hand on many occasions, as she delicately applied her guidance, wisdom, and boundless energy to often challenging situations and circumstances. She was a mentor to many, a wonderful friend to all, and will be deeply and sorely missed.


The Memorial Service Celebration of Life for Ikuko Burns will be held at Showa's Rainbow Hall at 420 Pond Street in Boston on Saturday the 6th of January, 2018 at 12PM.


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