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

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

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

Save The Date: All-JET Alumni Reunion, August 4th-6th, 2017

Celebrate. Reconnect. Reminisce. Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the JET Program at the JET30 All-JET Alumni Reunion in Washington, D.C., from August 4th-6th, 2017.

The three-day conference will be for JET Alumni, families, and friends. The reunion will feature guest speakers, special events, and opportunities to learn the latest in US-Japan relations, with plenty of time to reconnect with old friends and to meet new ones!

Learn more at usjetaa.org/reunion

Calligraphy Exhibition

Showa Boston will host a special Calligraphy exhibition and workshop on Friday, April 28th. A great way to kick off the Boston Japan Festival weekend! RSVP to Miyo Takahashi at mle@showaboston.edu by Friday, April 14.

NEJETAA Annual Ski Trip–A Shared Experience

At the end of January, New England JET Alumni Association hosted the 4th Annual Northeast Region Ski Trip at Killington Ski Resort. This was our biggest ski trip yet–30 JET alumni and friends of JET from all over New England, New York, DC, and even Ottawa reunited or met for the first time in Vermont.

This kind of a trip is the perfect opportunity for JET alumni old and new to come together. We had JETs who have been back for 10 years now and ones who just returned last summer. There is something really special about getting so many people who have a shared experience together in one place. Even though we were all sent to different prefectures in Japan, we all end up back home as JET Alumni.

  JET Alumni and friends on Sunday afternoon (Photo Cred goes to Leslie Risak)

Dinner at The Foundry! Every time! (Photo cred goes to Leslie Risak)

This is what Pam Kavalam, the JETAANY President had to say about the trip:

“Had such an awesome time with you all. I heard a rumour that this was the best JETAA international cross chapter trip (4 chapters represented!) EVER! Big thank you to Dan, Rachel, Matt and the whole team who put this together. (And Mike for driving the whole JETAANY crew singlehandedly!). Here’s to another great 30 years!”

Great Northern, Killington Mountain

Secret Lunch Spot: Sunrise Cafe (But I guess it’s not a secret anymore…)

When we asked our fearless leader Dan Lowe what we enjoys most about the ski trip, he had this to say:

“The success of the NEJETAA Ski Trip is tied to the number of people and chapters represented. A unique sense of community forms when a diverse group sharing a common JET experience comes together to have fun, network, and share common passions. The JET Program in turn benefits from an active alumni community, energized by chapter initiatives such as this.”

Thanks for always having us back, Summit Lodge!

And last but not least, we had to ask Alex Svetlovsky, JETAA Ottawa Senior Advisor, why he has crossed the Canadian border four years in a row for this trip.

“I’ve gone to the NEJETAA Ski Trip four years in a row, now. The first year, NEJETAA reached out to nearby chapters while I was the president of JETAA Ottawa. The trip was very appealing – a whole group of JET alumni in one place for a ski trip. Three of us all gathered in my car and drove the six hours down to arrive very early on Friday.

That first trip there was magical for me.

I met so many new friends – ones that I still stay in contact with four years later, even though they’ve only gone once. The trip is that perfect mix of new people to meet, a shared experience between us all, and an ideal venue. The skiing is secondary to me; all the warm memories I have from my four trips are of the different smiles and adventures with the people I’ve met. That, and the hot tub. I would recommend the trip to anyone – skiers and non-skiers alike. Come for a weekend ski getaway, keep coming back for the warmth and friendships developed.”


 Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate 30 years with us! We hope to see you next year!

Event: Ishiuchi Miyako at MFA

Belongings: From Hiroshima to Frida

Ishiuchi Miyako Photograph

On March 1st the MFA will present the annual Rad Smith Program in Japanese Art.  We are excited that this year’s speaker will be Ishiuchi Miyako, the prize-winning photographer who was recently the subject of a retrospective at the Getty Art Museum.  Ishiuchi is known for her gritty images of Yokosuka–the American base outside Yokohama–and photographs of the aging female body in her series 1-9-4-7.  More recently she has examined the belongings of those who have departed–her mother, the victims of Hiroshima, and Frida Kahlo.

We would be pleased to make complimentary tickets available to interested students.  Please just send their names and affiliation in a list to Kristen Hoskins at khoskins@mfa.org and we will arrange to have tickets held at the door.

Information on the lecture can be found on the MFA website.  The link is provided below.

Boston Career Forum JET Events!!

In town for the Boston Career Forum? The New England JET Alumni Association has two great opportunities for visiting JET alums and Friends of JET. Please share!
1) We will hold a networking social on Saturday, November 19th at Cornwall’s Pub from 6:00. Great opportunity to have fun and exchange job-search tips. FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1125838070827666/
2) We will have a Nihongo-dake dinner at Ittoku in Brighton from 5:30 on Sunday, November 20th. FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1108974095868449/
Please RSVP for each event either by selecting “attending” or by emailing Eriko at social@nejetaa.com at least 1 day prior to each event.
Thank you,