Upcoming Japan Events in Boston

Business Forum, Film Festival, Live Stage Performance, and more!

Monday January 22 – Sunday February 5, 2018

Japan Society of Boston Events



Tuesday, January 30, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Japan Society of Boston at CIC
50 Milk Street, 18th Floor Kitchen,
Boston, MA 02109

This year, the Japan Society of Boston has a lot of exciting new volunteer opportunities! Join us for an evening discussion and planning event to help shape the next year of Japan in Boston.

If you are committed to volunteering with us for twenty or more hours this year, we invite you to attend. We will be organizing a few new projects that will rely on volunteer support to succeed.

The evening will begin with half an hour of socializing and light snacks, followed by break-out group discussions on topics such as:

What kinds of community platforms would help all of us connect better around shared interests and needs?
How can we use media to spread more Japan across Boston?
How can we support and strengthen existing Japan-based projects?
What additional programs can Japan Society host to bring the best of Japan to Boston?


The US Outlook for Economic Engagement in the Asia-Pacific Region

Thursday, February 1, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Japan Society of Boston
Cambridge Innovation Center, 20th Floor
50 Milk Street, Boston, MA 02109

Gather with like-minded professionals connected to Japan to hear from Wendy Cutler, Vice President and Managing Director of the Asia Society Policy Institute. Wendy is one of America’s most respected trade negotiators and played a central role in negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Ms. Cutler will share up-to-the-minute insight about TPP11 and how Japan and the US are positioning their domestic industries as multi- and bi-lateral deals are developing. Join Wendy and JSB to gain valuable insight into what was gained and lost in the process of TPP’s negotiation and political demise in America, with emphasis on the opportunities being pursued by our nations today. And, of course, to build relationships with people like yourself who are active in US/Japan trade.

Event Agenda

12:00pm Light lunch and networking

12:25pm Presentation

1:30pm END (mingling afterward)

Free for Japan Society of Boston members, $15 for non-members.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

JSB Office at
Cambridge Innovation Center

Meridian Room, 50 Milk St., 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02109

Bridging Countries with Organic Farming

With Speaker Yoko Takemura
From Assawaga Farm

Yoko Takemura lived and worked in countries all over the world before moving to Brooklyn, NY, where she joined a community garden and discovered the wonders of growing vegetables. It wasn’t long before she began applying for apprenticeships on organic vegetable farms outside of the city. Now she and her husband have started their own certified organic vegetable farm in Northeast Connecticut, where they grow a diverse range of vegetables and mushrooms, with a special emphasis on Japanese heirloom and traditional varieties. Having worked on farms both in the US and Japan, they aspire to adopt a mix of farming practices and customs.

Mark your calendars for the second Tuesday of each month!

The Brown Bag Series is an ongoing occasion to gather and talk about Japan together. Speakers are selected from across New England as well as special visiting guests. After a brief presentation about the speaker’s unique Japan experience or specialty, we enjoy a group discussion together on the topic.

All Brown Bag meetings are from 12-1p on the 5th floor of 50 Milk St. After signing the log-book at the front desk, proceed up the elevators on the left to the 5th floor. Please feel free to bring your own lunch.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Meridian Room, 5th Floor, CIC Boston
50 Milk St. Boston, MA 02109

Let’s get together and practice speaking Japanese! We will have soft drinks, snacks, and a simple game or short lesson to get conversation flowing. We hope that our guests will meet others and find new paths for improving and enjoying their Japanese language skill.

The primary language at this event will be Japanese, and we welcome students and native speakers of Japanese alike. Come improve your Japanese language skill in a casual environment, and meet new friends who share your love of Japan! We expect all guests to come with a friendly disposition to learn and help others learn.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Professor Atsushi Seike of Keio University will be leading this discussion. A labor economist, he has authored many articles and books and received numerous academic prizes for his publications including the 48th Nikkei Prize for Excellent Books in Economic Science in 2005. He has also served as a member of the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF) and Global Agenda Council on Aging both at the World Economic Forum.

Opening Reception


January 23, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Malden Public Library
36 Salem St., Malden, MA 02148

An Opening Reception and Gallery Talk will be held on Tuesday, January 23, for the “Lasting Impressions of Japan: Hokusai & Hiroshige and Beyond,” exhibition at the Malden Public Library. The exhibition also includes stunning examples of Japanese traditional dress and ceramic art, including formal, semi-formal, and casual kimono, haori jackets from the collections of the Malden Historical Society.

Startup Investing


January 24, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

District Hall at the Seaport
75 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

The Captains of Innovation Team at the Cambridge Innovation Center has recently partnered with Deloitte Tohmatsu Venture Support and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to host the accelerator program X-HUB Tokyo. Over the course of this program, five Japanese startups have further developed their product/service and have received professional support and guidance from the DTVS team. Over dinner provided by Gather, you will have the opportunity to listen to pitches by these five startups, each of whom will be syncing with us live from Japan.

Film Festival


February 1 – 28, 2018

Museum of Fine Arts, Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

MFA Film is thrilled to present a vibrant new annual festival showcasing the very best recent films produced in Japan. The festival kicks off on February 1 with a free English language screening of the 2016 anime Your Name, a film with gorgeous imagery and deep emotional resonance that quickly became one of the most popular films of all time in Japan. The 7:30 pm screening will be preceded by a celebration in the MFA’s Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, starting at 6 pm and featuring live music by DJ Ian Condry, art-making activities and Japanese candies and confections at Taste Café. Attendees also get free admission to Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics before and after the film screening.

This year’s lineup also includes: Tokyo Idols, Teiichi: Battle of Supreme High, Jellyfish Eyes, Resistance at Tule Lake, Rage, Harmonium, Blade of the Immortal, Over the Fence, and Oh Lucy!

Live Performance


February 2nd and 3rd, 2018
7:00 PM

Showa Boston’s Rainbow Hall
420 Pond Street
Boston, MA 02130

Showa’s annual Musical Production for 2018 is a magnificent performance of The King and I; Hip-hop Version, performed by an all Japanese female cast.

For more than 17 years Showa’s musicals have been a highlight of the year with such famous shows as West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Beauty and the Beast, Grease and faculty member Tom Griffith’s Manjiro to name a few.

Admission is free of charge, with first come, first serve seating



Sunday, February 4, 2018
1:30 PM – 2:55 PM

Museum of Fine Arts, Avenue of the Arts 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

Second Screening Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 6:00 – 7:25 PM

During World War II, up to 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were incarcerated in camps in the western US. The dominant narrative about these camps tells us that Japanese Americans behaved as a “model minority,” cooperating without protest and proving their patriotism by enlisting in the Army. Konrad Aderer’s documentary overturns this misconception, telling the story of 12,000 Japanese Americans labeled “disloyal” because they dared to resist the US government’s mandate of mass incarceration at Tule Lake Segregation Center. Through rare footage and the voices of survivors and their descendants, Resistance at Tule Lake illuminates stories of dissent marginalized for 70 years—even more vital today amidst new threats to the rights of immigrants and minorities.

Part of the Boston Festival of Films from Japan.

Click Here for our Frequently Updated Page of Ongoing Exhibits


The Japan Society of Boston, 50 Milk Street, 18th floor, Boston, MA 02109
Contact email: Info@JapanSocietyBoston.org

Shinnenkai Saturday, January 13th

Happy New Year! 明けましておめでとうございます!

I hope everyone has a great start to the year! We would like to welcome this new year with our JET community by inviting you to our annual New Years Party 新年会. Come celebrate the New Years with everyone and play some games, win prizes, and catch up with fellow JET alumni over delicious drinks and food!

Please RSVP through the following Google Form Link by January 10

When: Saturday, January 13 at 5:30pm

Where: Shabu Zen at 80 Brighton Ave, Allston
(parking: small parking lot on Reedsdale St. / parking lot in Super 88)
(train: 5 min walk from Packards Corner station on Green Line (B) )
Click here for directions

Who: JETs

Price: $20 per person

Happy New Year and we hope to see you there!

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Jesse at social@nejetaa.com

JETAA New York’s 30th Anniversary Gala

The Exec Board at JETAANY wanted to reach out to make sure you’re aware of and are welcome to attend the the 30th Anniversary Gala in NYC on February 3rd!
We only have space for a little over 100 people so we especially wanted to be sure our New England friends didn’t miss out if you want to attend. (We’ve sold over 60% of the tickets since December 1st!)
The gala is a black tie optional event that includes dinner, open bar, a sake-barrel opening ceremony and toast, entertainment, speeches, a silent auction, a taiko performance, and other activities. The cost is $82 pp thanks to a couple  grants we were able to secure to off set the price.
As our neighbors and friends, we value being able to do joint-events with you and hope you’ll consider joining us at this special evening. After-all, what better excuse to do a night in NYC than a gala celebrating your favorite program!
Tickets can be purchased on the website:
Check out the FAQ section at that link for info or feel free to email us at gala@jetaany.org with questions. We have not posted housing information, but there’s a chance we could try to find Boston folks a “tatami-timeshare” style option, so let us know if you need it. We’ll also be posting updates to our FB page: jehttps://www.facebook.com/jetaany/
Thank you and hope to see you in February! Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!

NEJETAA 5th Annual Ski Trip! 1/26-1/28


This year NEJETAA will host our 5th Annual Northeast Region Ski Trip from January 26th – 28th at Killington Ski Resort, the largest ski area in the eastern United States.

We will stay at the Summit Lodge. It features a pub, hot tub, etc. Complementary breakfast is also included, and it is walking distance from the Foundry, our optional restaurant destination for Saturday night.

For those who are not interested in skiing, the Killington area offers much to do. There are options for individuals to do cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and other winter activities. Killington Resort is only 35 minutes from the lovely town of Woodstock, VT with many options for eating and shopping; and 20 minutes from the Long Trail Brewery.

If you plan on attending this event, please fill out the form below by Monday, December 11 for the Early Bird rate and by Friday, December 29th for the regular rate. RSVP as soon as possible to reserve your spot and the type of room you want, as both are limited. We will send payment information soon after each deadline.

Who: JET Alums & Friends of JET

When: Friday, January 26 to Sunday, January 28

Where: The Summit Lodge, Killington, VT

Early Bird Hotel Costs for two night stay : Double: [$265] per person; Quad: [$175.50] per person; Triple: (in the event that we’re short one person for a quad) [$205.33] per person (Pay by Monday, December 11)

Normal Hotel Costs for two night stay – December 29 deadline normal price: Double: [$275] per person; Quad: [$185.50] per person; Triple: (in the event that we’re short one person for a quad) [$215.33] per person (Pay by Friday, December 29)

Lift Ticket Cost: One-Day: [$62]; Two-Day: [$119}
Ski (includes poles & Helment) or Snowboard Equipment Package Rental (includes Helmet): One-Day: [$39]; Two-Day: [$68]

Deadline to fill out form: Monday, December 11th, 2017 (Early Bird – payment instructions will be emailed to you) or Friday, December 29 (Regular Rate and final day to cancel or change reservation)

If you have any questions, or would like to inquire about carpooling, email Jesse Kerstetter at social@nejetaa.com.

Please Note:

*By RSVPing for this event, you will be responsible for any costs incurred on your behalf.

**As with previous years the quad accommodations include two queen-size beds. Extra cots are not always available.

***The above prices are based on a 20+ person group rate. Therefore, the costs are subject to change if fewer than 20 people sign up (in which case, you will have an opportunity to withdraw)

Sign Up Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeU0ESRFwY6YiI55VWeGJUHRCtt22UZ_CdmiztVE3xvQDsM_g/viewform?usp=sf_link

Fall Officer Elections!

Online Voting is now open for the Fall 2017 NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections!

VOTE HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/nsUw1SJ9iJHhyaHh2

Please read the candidate platforms and instructions below.

Voting Rules:

Each NEJETAA member is entitled to cast one ballot only. You have to option to vote for a single candidate or abstain for each position. This poll will be open from its posting, until 11:59PM EDT on Wednesday, November 29.

To be an eligible NEJETAA member (required to vote), you must be an alumnus/alumna of the JET Program and currently reside in the New England region (CT, RI, VT, NH, ME, or MA).


Read the Candidate Platforms Below:

Becca Simas for President

Hello! My name is Becca Simas. I was an ALT in Kagoshima Prefecture from 2015-2016. Since returning from Japan last summer, I’ve been working as a program coordinator, academic and career advisor, and ESOL instructor at an adult English language school in downtown Boston.

I first joined New England JETAA when I became the Webmaster/Communications Coordinator last fall. Some of my fondest post-JET memories have been with the NEJETAA community, whether it be at one of our events promoting Japanese culture or simply spending time connecting with other alumni over our experiences in Japan.

If elected as president, I want to continue strengthening our bonds with our neighboring chapters and subchapters, hopefully planning a cross-border trip to Canada in 2018,  and holding events on a monthly basis, even if it’s just a monthly Sushi and Sake Saturday. I’m excited for the opportunity to help grow our chapter in the next year and become more active in our surrounding communities. Thank you!


Kayla Porter for Membership Coordinator


I’m Kayla Potter. I spent three wonderful years (2012-2015) in Aki City, Kochi Prefecture where I worked at 7 elementary schools and 2 middle schools, all while taking in gorgeous ocean views.

Since moving to Boston, I’ve gone to graduate school at Lesley University, and begun working as an international student advisor.

I’ve also had the pleasure of spending the last year serving as the Membership Coordinator for NEJETAA, and I look forward to the opportunity to continue working with the other board members to create a stronger JET network in New England.

As Membership Coordinator, my goal is to make NEJETAA more accessible to JET alum throughout New England. I hope to work with the other NEJETAA Board members to better reach alumni throughout the New England region and help those alumni continue to strengthen our connections with JETs across the region. Our membership rolls and new member outreach efforts need updated and made more user-friendly. Additionally, I hope to see the NEJETAA Facebook page become a more active place for community, coordination, and discussion.

I hope to meet each and every one of you in the coming year!

Yoroshiku onegai shimasu!


Josephine Chong for Membership Coordinator

Hi everyone!

My name is Josephine Chong and I want to be your next Membership/Marketing Coordinator! I just returned from 2 awesome years in Arao-shi in Kumamoto prefecture, and relocated down to the Boston/Central Massachusetts area from Toronto Canada this fall. Being a returning JET and new to the country and area, I’d love to get involved with NEJETAA and connect with others in the JET community.

During my time in Japan, I became very involved with the local Japanese community and travelled all over Kyushu with my fellow JET’s gaining some very unique cultural experiences. I’d love to bring the same sense of community to NEJETAA to help returning alumni (like me) reconnect with others who share similar interests and experiences. I think NEJETAA can be a great social and professional network, and I aim to do my part in building this community both online and in person. I hope to meet as many of you guys as I can in the coming year!

Showa O-bon Matsuri!

Showa O-bon Matsuri (8/24)

Come join our family-friendly celebration! Kids welcome!

O-bon is the annual Japanese summer custom of honoring the spirit of one’s ancestors. The O-bon customs are not somber, but done in a festive and celebratory mood. This will be a fun picnic-style event complete with traditional Japanese summer games and O-bon activities such as Bon Odori dancing.

Pack a picnic dinner, your beach chair or blanket, and enjoy Japanese traditions for Showa’s annual O-bon event!
We will provide the kakigori (Japanese sno-cones), popcorn, water, and mugicha (Japanese barley tea). Also lots of fun Japanese ‘festival’ like games will be on-hand!

This event will be held outdoors, on our front lawn, weather permitting.
Please do not post this on MeetUp. You can however invite a friend!

When: Thursday, August 24th from 5:157:15

Where: 420 Pond St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-3403

Please RSVP to our Facebook event if you plan on attending!

We hope to see you at the event!

For questions about the event, email: enaumann@showaboston.edu

Job Opening: Part-Time Program Assistant with the Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative

The Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative (JWLI) is a project within the Fish Family Foundation and empowers Japanese women to become leaders and to make positive social change and innovation in Japan. Founded in 2006, JWLI has provides Japanese women leaders with Boston-based four-week leadership development training for 10 years. In its eleventh year, JWLI-II is being launched this fall. We seek a selfstarting, passionate part-time Assistant who will play a crucial role in the launch of JWLI-II. This position is paid and reports to the Foundation’s Program Manager.

Communication and Website:

• Be a primary writer/editor for our website and program brochures in English and Japanese,

keeping it current, relevant and engaging to increase email subscribers, boost online engagement

and recruit potential applicants


Launch of New Fall and Spring Programs:

• Provide logistical and administrative support to the Fall and Spring programs, especially in the

aspects of the Host Organizations, and housing.

• Assist in maintaining a project timeline for 2017 and 2018

• Update program materials (activity calendar, booklets, etc.)

• Assist in identifying and selecting new Host Organizations


Social Network Engagement:

• Manage our social network outlets, and actively search for and draft contents from the alumnae

• Translate materials between Japanese and English



•Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

•Knowledge in Japanese and the Japanese culture is a plus

•Passion for women’s empowerment and social change in Japan and the U.S.

•Knowledge and/or past experience with WordPress and Mailchimp is a plus</lp

•Bachelor’s degree


Other Details:


• Part-time

•Office located downtown Boston


Applicants should send their cover letter and resume to kozue@fishfamilyfoundation.org


Be a Host to a Japanese Exchange Student this Summer!

Host a Japanese student this summer for the Explore Japan Exchange Program 2017
This summer, Japan comes to your home!

We are looking for host families for short (2.5 week) exchange program this summer Late July – Early August.

What: Host a Japanese high school student for 2.5 weeks as they attend a cultural and language exchange program in Milton, MA. Have a culturally enriching experience as you host a student from Japan for this short summer program as they discover and explore Boston and its surroundings!
When: Late July to Early August
Girls Program: July 24th – Aug 9th
Boys Program: July 27th- Aug 13th

Location: Main campus is in Milton, MA, but many cultural activities take place in Eastern Massachusetts and Boston.

Basic Requirements: 
– You may host either or a boy or a girl high school student from Japan.
– Provide transportation for your Japanese student to and from the program each morning (~9 am) and pick up in the late afternoon (~appx. 4 pm)
– Provide food and a safe, clean household for your student (for specific details, please contact us below)
Interested in Hosting? Any questions? Contact:
– For more details on the expectations for hosts or for any other questions, please contact: (617) 996-0622 or explorejapan@americanlearning.com
Other Opportunities:
– There is also are limited work opportunities for your child to be student-staff for our program and either earn a small stipend or community service credit. For more details, please contact: (617) 996-0622 or explorejapan@americanlearning.com

Spring Elections: Polls Open (~5/18)

Online Voting is now open for the Spring 2017 NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections!

Please read the candidate platforms and instructions below. You can cast your voteon the Google Form here:

Voting Rules:

Each NEJETAA member is entitled to cast one ballot only. You have to option to vote for a single candidate or abstain for each position. This poll will be open from its posting, until 11:59PM EDT on May 18th

To be an eligible NEJETAA member (required to vote), you must be an alumnus/alumna of the JET Program and currently reside in the New England region (CT, RI, VT, NH, ME, or MA).

Read the Candidate Platforms Below:

Matt Castle for Vice President

Hello everyone! I’m Matt Castle and I’m running for re-election as Vice President. I’m currently finishing up my second term as Vice President of NEJETAA and am in my fourth year as a member of the Executive Board, having served as Special Assistant for Project Management as well. In the past I’ve been in charge of planning numerous events for NEJETAA, most notably our Annual Ski Trip to Killington VT and starting last year, our annual trip to Northampton MA. I have represented our organization at many events, including the annual JET Q&A at the Boston Children’s Museum and JET Pre-Departure Orientation, among other events. If elected to a third term, it is my plan to build on the success and growth that the chapter has seen over the past few years. We have seen a significant uptick of activity recently, and I will work with our membership coordinator to use this to increase our presence and engagement with alumni outside of the Boston area. Notably, in the coming year, I want to establish at least one official subchapter outside of the Boston area.  I look forward to continuing to serve the alumni community and to work to make our chapter the best it can be.
Rachel Pauplis for Treasurer

Hello, my name is Rachel Pauplis and I am running for re-election as Treasurer.  I was an ALT in Yamaguchi-ken from 2012 to 2014 and returned to Boston after my time on JET.  Having the network of other JET alumni helped ease my transition back into life here, and I have been an active member of NEJETAA ever since. I also value the role NEJETAA plays in connecting people with similar experiences in Japan and maintaining our connection with the greater Japanese community.
I have been acting as Treasurer since December 2014 and would like to continue in the upcoming year.  As treasurer, I will do my best to handle all NEJETAA financial matters quickly and responsibly, organize the NEJETAA budget with the board, CLAIR and the consulate, help plan future events, and continue to be actively involved in the organization. Thank you for your consideration.

Jesse Kerstetter for Social Chair

Hi all! I’m Jesse Kersteter. It’s been a minute since I left Japan (Akita 2006-2010), and now that I’m in living in Boston, I’m hoping to reconnect with the JET community!

As NEJETAA’s Social Chair I would love to support the growth of NEJETAA in collaboration with current members and officers. In order to do this, I would work to help promote and coordinate NEJETAA staple activities like the annual ski trip and Shinnenkai. In addition, I would like to help find ways to engage JET alum in the New England area who live beyond greater Boston. I know that these activities are important opportunities for newly returned JET alum to find support in their return to the US, other alum to reminisce, and help get the word out for future JET participants. I hope my contributions and effort will help to promote the growth and success of NEJETAA over the coming year.

Thanks and I hope to see you in future NEJETAA activities and opportunities!