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.

    • 07 May 2017
    • 29 Jun 2017
    • Gallery of University Lutheran Church, 66 Winthrop Street, Cambridge, MA

    Journey Through Color in Japan

    Gallery of University Lutheran Church, 66 Winthrop Street, Cambridge, MA

    May 7 - June 29, 2017

    Photographs of nature, traditional architecture, and a few faces as found outdoors through the seasons portray the beauty of Japan. Photos are arranged in color order, beginning with a fiery red maple and continuing through the spectrum. 

    Louise Lystig Fritchie captured these images while living in Tokyo for three years, traveling through Japan then and making visits before and after, spanning the years 2012-17. She holds an M.F.A. in multimedia design from the University of Minnesota and taught there for ten years, including courses on color, digital imagery, and interface design. 

    Louise first fell in love with Japan when visiting as a sixth grader. As she told her mother, “Someday, I want to live here for two years.” A few weeks before Louise moved to Japan, a friend said, “Well, you’ve been awfully patient.”

    Louise will talk about the photos during the reception on June 11. The photographs are on view now through June 29. For more information, please see archive.unilu.org/gallery

    • 01 Jun 2017
    • 29 Jun 2017
    • Boston Children's Museum, Japanese House, 308 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210

    Japanese House: Make a Teru-teru-bozu (Fine Weather Doll) for Rainy Season!

    June 1 - 29, 2017

    Boston Children's Museum, Japanese House,
    308 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210

    The rainy season in Japan is called tsuyu. Normally it begins in June and lasts through mid-July. It rains almost every day during tsuyu. In addition to the rain, the air gets hot and humid. When tsuyu is over, summer begins. Although continuous rain can be very uncomfortable, tsuyu is very important for growing rice.
    During the rainy season Japanese children make teru teru bozu (
    てるてる坊主) – fine weather dolls – and hang them from the eaves of their houses or on the outside of windows as good luck charms. It is said that teru teru bozu have the power to bring good weather. Teru means “to shine” and Bozu is the word used describing “a little boy”. It is believed that these little smooth-headed dolls will bring out the sun. If someone is hoping for a rainy day, she can hang the teru teru bozu upside down.

    In the Japanese House, visitors can learn about the rainy season (tsuyu) in Japan and create a fine weather doll (teru teru bozu).

    Japanese House has limited hours. Please check the specific hours on the day of your visit.
    • 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

    • 11 Aug 2017
    • 10 Dec 2017
    • Museum of Fine Arts, Lois B. and Michael K. Torf Gallery (Gallery 184), Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

    Showdown! Kuniyoshi vs. Kunisada

    August 11, 2017 – December 10, 2017

    Museum of Fine Arts, Lois B. and Michael K. Torf Gallery (Gallery 184),
    Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

    Rival artists Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797–1861) and Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1864) were the two best-selling designers of ukiyo-e woodblock prints in 19th-century Japan. Kunisada was the popular favorite during his lifetime, famous for realistic portraits of Kabuki theater actors, sensual images of beautiful women and the luxurious settings he imagined for historical scenes. Kuniyoshi is beloved by today’s connoisseurs and collectors for his dynamic action scenes of tattooed warriors and supernatural monsters—foreshadowing present-day manga and anime—as well as comic prints and a few especially daring works that feature forbidden political satire in disguise.

    The exhibition presents a selection of 100 outstanding works, drawn entirely from the MFA’s preeminent Japanese collection, including large, multi-sheet images in brilliant color. Viewers are invited to decide for themselves which of the two artists is their personal favorite.

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