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.

    • 17 Jan 2017
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    • 05 Mar 2017
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    • Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall Gallery, 42-48 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA

    Architectural Ethnography: Atelier Bow-Wow

    January 17, 2016–March 5, 2017

    Gund Hall Gallery

    Atelier Bow-Wow investigates the living condition of people through various fieldwork and design practices. They observe architecture and its environments from a behaviorological point of view and always invent unique visual representations specific to the subject and scope at hand, like the book Graphic Anatomy (Toto, 2007). Their interests range broadly from the relationship between house typologies and urban fabric to the relationship between public space and unlocked common resources. This approach has enabled Atelier Bow-Wow to rediscover architecture as a central means of practicing livelihood and to develop the concept of “architectural ethnography.” The show will guide you to experience their ecological thought on life and architecture.

    Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima
    2016 Dunlop Visiting Professors, and Yoichi Tamai

    Sponsored by the John T. Dunlop Professorship for Housing and Urbanization

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