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

    • 10 Dec 2016
    • (EST)
    • 20 Aug 2017
    • (EDT)
    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 06 Apr 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • 28 May 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • The Griffin Museum of Photography, 67 Shore Road, Winchester, MA, 01890
    Sleeping Woodsreduced-1
    Voice of the Woods
    Koichiro Kurita

    April 6 – May 28, 2017
    Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: Noon-4pm

      The Griffin, 67 Shore Road, Winchester, MA, 01890

    To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s birth in 2017, Koichiro Kurita’s work from the project Beyond Spheres will be exhibited in the Main Gallery of the Griffin Museum of Photography. In response to Thoreau’s writings and overriding philosophy regarding timeless man’s relationship with nature, these photographs are an answer to the question “What if Thoreau had been a photographer?”

    Koichiro Kurita launched the Beyond Spheres project in 2010. The aim of this project was, and is, to give pictorial form to Thoreau’s ideas and writings by employing the existing photographic methods in Thoreau’s time and invented by his contemporary, photography pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot. In homage to Thoreau and Talbot, Kurita has created handmade photographs with the same depth of thought and reflection on man’s coexistence with nature in this project. This approach provides a unique opportunity to experience Thoreau’s philosophy of man’s relationship to nature in visual form and to demonstrate the value of photography made by hand in today’s fast-paced world.

    Born in Japan, Koichiro Kurita attended Kwansei Gakuin University in Kobe. He studied perceptual psychology and used a camera for his experimental research when he was a college student. The American writer, poet, philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau has been a great inspiration to Kurita since he read Walden in the mid of 1980’s. His encounter with this book set him on a new path. He gave up his career of commercial photography and has been working with nature landscapes for more than 25 years.

     Koichiro Kurita’s works have been exhibited internationally and collected by numerous museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Harvard Art Museums, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the George Eastman Museum, the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, the Biblioteque Nationale de France, Paris, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, the Farnsworth Museum in Maine and many others.

    Free admission Thursdays from 2-4. Closed on Mondays. Admission is $7 for adults; $3 for seniors, Members and children under the age of 12 admitted free
    • 29 Apr 2017
    • 28 May 2017
    • Pucker Gallery, 240 Newbury Street, 3rd floor, Boston, MA
    April 29th through May 28th, 2017

    For more information please visit

    Pucker Gallery
    240 Newbury Street, 3rd Floor, Boston

    • 03 May 2017
    • 26 Jun 2017
    • The Transit Gallery, Gordon Hall, Lower Level 25 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115

    The Transit Gallery, Gordon Hall, Lower Level
    25 Shattuck Street
    , Boston, MA 02115

    May 3 – June 26, 2017

    An exhibit of Susumu “Sus” Ito’s photographs taken while on duty during World War II. 

    Before They Were Heroes gives the public a rare and breathtaking look at the daily lives of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion of the celebrated all-Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team.


    This exhibit was organized by the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, and is sponsored by the HMS Office of Human Resources, the Japanese American Citizen’s League, and Dr. James Adelstein.

    To learn more about the Transit Gallery and its exhibits, visit http://hms.harvard.edu/humanresources/community-activities/transit-gallery. Please direct questions to: Tania_Rodriguez@hms.harvard.edu.

    • 03 Jun 2017
    • 09 Jul 2017
    • Pucker Gallery, 240 Newbury Street, 3rd floor, Boston, MA
    June 3rd through July 9th, 2017

    For more information please visit

    Pucker Gallery
    240 Newbury Street, 3rd Floor, Boston

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