The information about exhibits, provided in this calendar, is intended to introduce Japan-related events in the Greater Boston, and New England area.

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

    • 03 Sep 2016
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    • 16 Apr 2017
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    • Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA

    September 3, 2016–April 16, 2017

    Worcester Art Museum

    During the Meiji (“enlightened rule”) period (1868 -1912) when power was restored back to the emperor from the samurai class, Japan underwent rapid modernization that established a thriving industrial sector and a powerful national army and navy. Though the Meiji period is best known for dramatic domestic reforms, its modernization also involved presenting the nation on the international stage through the beauty of its arts. Facing the World features magnificent lacquerware that represented Japan at international expositions in Paris and San Francisco as well as prints reflecting Japan's accelerated growth at home and abroad.

    • 08 Nov 2016
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    • 14 May 2017
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    • G.W.V. Smith Art Museum, Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA

    Turtle Power! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Samurai Heroes

    November 8, 2016–May 14, 2017

    G.W.V. Smith Art Museum, Springfield Museums

    A unique and imaginative exhibit that brings together original graphic novel art from the collection of local Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles enthusiast Elias Derby and the Museums’ own world-famous collection of Japanese artwork, arms and armor.

    • 10 Dec 2016
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    • 02 Apr 2017
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    • The Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA

    December 10, 2016–April 2, 2017

    The Clark Art Institute

    Japanese Impressions is the first exhibition at the Clark to focus on the Institute’s permanent collection of Japanese prints. The exhibition spans more than a century of Japanese color woodblock printing as represented by three generations of artists who produced prints from the 1830s to the 1970s.

    • 10 Dec 2016
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    • 20 Aug 2017
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    • Museum of Fine Arts, Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

    December 10, 2016–August 20, 2017

    Museum of Fine Arts

    Examine the changing image of Japanese women though prints, book illustrations, and photographs made in Japan from the 1890s to the 1930s. During this crucial period of rapid modernization, traditional ideas of ideal beauty and behavior intermingled with imported styles and concepts. Arranged in roughly chronological order, the exhibition begins with ukiyo-e woodblock prints of the late Meiji era (1868–1912) and postcards that include both photographs and artists’ depictions. A recent gift of kuchi-e prints—color woodblock frontispieces for books of the early 1900s, usually romantic fiction—makes up the exhibition’s core. Shin hanga prints from the 1910s and ‘30s depict beautiful women in both traditional and modern styles.

    • 01 Mar 2017
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    • 02 Apr 2017
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    • Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210

    March 1, 2017–April 2, 2017

    Boston Children's Museum

    Hina-matsuri (Girl’s Day, or the Doll Festival) is celebrated on March 3rd every year to honor girls.  Families with daughters display special dolls called Hina-ningyo in their homes and wish for health and happiness for their daughters’ future on this day.

    The origin of Hina-matsuri can be traced back to medieval times. In the olden days families used the dolls as talismans to keep bad luck away from their daughters. Later on, it became popular for wealthier families to display a set of elaborate dolls for their daughters. This is similar to how Hina-ningyo are displayed today.

    In the Japanese House this month, a set of Hina-ningyo, a gift from Kyoto, Japan, is on display.  You can also enjoy making your own origami Hina-ningyo decoration to take home.

    • 10 Mar 2017
    • 30 Sep 2017
    • Boston Children's Museum, Japanese House Gallery 308 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210


    Friday, March 10 to Saturday, September 30, 2017

    Boston Children's Museum, Japanese House Gallery 

    308 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210

    This special art show is brought to you by the members of the “ART THINKING” project team at Tohoku University of Art & Design in Japan. After the devastating earthquake and tsunami in their hometown in March 2011, they decided to use the special power of ART to make the world a better place and connect with many friends like you. So they brought this exhibition to Boston as their fourth annual international friendship making project.

    The exhibit also brings opportunities for visitors to peek into today’s youth culture and children’s experience in Japan. Visitors are encouraged to make comparisons and share their own stories. Through this cross-cultural experience we hope to engage visitors in joyful discovery of learning and foster their appreciation of the world.

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