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

Mother’s Way, Daughter’s Choice


Film Screening: Mother’s Way, Daughter’s Choice

Showa Boston invites any interested JET alumni or friend of JET to attend its public screening of the film “Mother’s Way, Daughter’s Choice.”

A Q&A session with the film’s director, Ms. Kyoka Gasha, will follow.


“I love my mother,
but I just don’t want
to be like her.”

Why would successful women from the world’s second largest economic power choose to start their lives over in New York City? The documentary “Mothers’ Way, Daughters’ Choice” explores how several Japanese women struggle to reconcile their traditional upbringing and their desire to create unique lives. To understand these struggles, the director, Kyoko Gasha, shows the deep, powerful influences of Japanese culture on her own life.Kyoko also uncovers stories of other Japanese women in New York City, weaving parallel tales of guilt, denial, sacrifice and joy. This is a story of cultures clashing on a personal level.

Showa Boston offers free on-campus parking, as well as a free shuttle from Reservoir station (Green Line, D-Branch) at 4:50pm and 5:50pm.

To inquire about dinner options, please contact Alex Reavill at areavill@showaboston.edu.

Showa Boston RA Opportunity


Job Title: Resident Assistant (RA)
Immediate Supervisor: Resident Services Manager

Position Summary
This is a live-in position in a women’s dorm mentoring and supporting predominately female,
Japanese study-abroad students at an academic-residential campus. Provide diverse, individual, and
group learning opportunities for predominately female students to communicate in English and
become more familiar with American culture. This position is a non-paid, residential, part-time
position, with most work hours occurring on evenings and/or weekends. Full room and board and
use of facilities are provided in exchange for services.

Responsibilities include:
Design and implement intercultural activities and programs on and off-campus, at least once
per month.

  • Perform weekday/weekend overnight RA duty approximately 2-3 times monthly and holiday
    duty as needed.
  • Be available every Monday evening from 7:00pm to 10:00pm for mandatory RA team
    meetings, Co-RA meetings, and student leader meetings.
  • Chaperone on and off-campus Student Services activities and trips as needed.
  • Help prepare for and facilitate student move-in and move-out, including attendance at
    orientation activities.
  • Help create a safe, welcoming residential environment for our students; offer advice and
    support when needed, for personal and/or academic questions or concerns.
  • Actively engage in informal, daily interaction with students on campus.
  • Report student welfare concerns to Student Services staff.
  • Submit monthly reports to Resident Services Manager.
  • Participate in all in-service training activities and meetings.

RAs work an average of 10-14 hours per week, predominantly evenings and weekends, in exchange
for private room with a private bath (located in a women’s dorm), full meal plan, use of campus
facilities (including pool, Jacuzzi, and computer lab), free parking, wireless internet, discounted
Japanese lessons on campus, and free shuttle bus (pick up and drop off at Reservoir T stop).


  • An appreciation of cultural differences and the ability to work closely and successfully with
    other cultures.
  • Ability to respond to emergencies calmly and effectively; displaying critical thinking skills.
  • Experience dealing with conflict and the ability to maintain a sense of humor.
  • Self-motivated; able to initiate interactions with individuals or groups.
  • Ability to deal tactfully with others and exercise good judgment in appraising situations.
  • Maintain effective, positive working relationships other team members.
  • Previous RA experience, study abroad experience, or experience with/appreciation of
    Japanese culture preferred.

Interested applicants should submit an electronic resume and cover letter to: hr@showaboston.edu

Cranes on the Square @ Copley Square (3/8, 11:30 am -4:30 pm)

Cranes on the Square @ Copley Square

Sunday, March 8thfrom 11:30am to 4:30pm on the Plaza of Copley Square in Boston



My name is Timothy Nagaoka, and I teach Japanese in the Boston Public Schools. With the support of the Japanese Consulate in Boston, the Fish Family Foundation, Boston’s Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Japan Society of Boston, I am organizing an event called, “Cranes on the Square @ Copley Square” on Sunday, March 8th on the Plaza of Copley Square in Boston. The event will commemorate the Fourth Anniversary of the Great Northeast Japan Earthquake and Tsunami that struck Japan on March 11th, 2011.

Come to fold paper cranes

“Cranes on the Square” will take place on the Plaza of Copley Square in Boston. The event is open to the public, and it is free to participate. The event is centered around an interactive display where passersby will participate in making paper cranes, which they will then add to the display. Cork Styrofoam panels will be placed on the plaza, and as the participants fold the paper cranes they will use skewers to stick the paper cranes onto the panels. As more people participate, the panels will fill with paper cranes. Students studying Japanese and Japanese volunteers will set up tables around the display to teach people how to make the paper cranes.

Or, come to teach others how to fold paper cranes


The goal of the event is to get the public involved in an activity that brings awareness to the tragedy that occurred in Japan four years ago and to remind them of the survivors who continue to rebuild from the wreckage. As one who lived through the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995, I know how devastating a major disaster can be, and how easily the rest of the world moves on while the survivors are left to rebuild. The event will remind people of the disaster and the survivors who continue to rebuild in the Northeast region of Japan.

Please take a moment to remember the tragedy, and fold a paper crane

This is a timelapse video taken of the event posted on Youtube. It shows the entire event in two minutes.

Obon Festival at Showa!

Showa Boston is partnering with the Japan Society of Boston for an O-Bon Festival. All are encouraged to attend!
The following is from the Japan Society of Boston’s web page.
For full details, please visit: http://www.japansocietyboston.org/Events 
O-Bon Festival

Saturday, August 23, 4pm-8pm

The Grounds of Showa Boston
420 Pond Street
Boston, MA 02130


Mark your calendars for the annual Obon Festival, held on the grounds of Showa Boston.  Obon is the annual Japanese summer custom of honoring the spirit of one’s ancestors.  The Obon 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 Obon activites such as Bon Odori dancing.



Admission, parking, and events will be free.  You may bring your own picnic dinner, or purchase a Showa Dinner Box.  

Dinner Boxes may be bought on site for $8.


Dinner Box Options:
1. Chicken Katsu with rice and green salad served cold – bottle of water and fruit or cookies 

2. Tofu Katsu (v) with rice and green salad served cold- bottle of water and fruit or cookies 


The kitchen will prepare a limited number of Dinner Boxes for purchase the day of ($8)

We will do our best to have an ample supply but can’t guarantee there will be enough for everyone if demand is high.

All are encouraged to bring a picnic!

Host an adult intern from Japan this fall!

Here’s a fun opportunity passed along by former Ehime JET, Elizabeth: 

Host a multilingual adult intern from Japan this fall, or in the future!! LEX America, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization, is seeking host families in the Boston/Cambridge area. We have hosting opportunities around the year, but our immediate need is a host for an adult (mid-career) intern from Japan this fall. All LEX interns are tmultilingual, and are experienced hosts and travelers themselves. They are flexible and expect to simply participate as host families go about their regular routines. Interns spend at least 20 hours a week in the office. Host families receive a small stipend to offset the cost of extra food and utilities. This intern will come to the U.S. in Oct to the end of Nov. We are looking for hosts for as short as two weeks or as long as two months. If you would like to know more about this hosting opportunity of future opportunities, please e-mail info [at] lexlrf [dot] org or phone 617-354-1140. www.lexlrf.org. 

 Also please feel free to share this posting with others. Elizabeth Former JET, Ehime

Join the Consulate in RI this weekend at the Black Ships Festival

Celebrate The Summer Like They Do In Japan

This weekend, on Saturday, July 19, the 31st Annual Black Ships Festival will be held in Newport, RI. The festival celebrates the arrival of Commodore Perry’s arrival in Japan and the historic beginning of the US-Japan relationship.  The Consulate General of Japan in Boston will have a booth there and could use some help putting on their activities. 


Join staff and volunteers from the Consulate General of Japan in Boston for summer festival fun. Celebrate the summer holiday of Tanabata by writing a wish on a paper streamer and hanging it from the bamboo branches. Kids can try their hand at typical summer festival games such as Yo-yo Tsuri (fishing for balloons) and other activities.

The Consulate General of Japan in Boston would like to invite NEJETAA members to either ride with them to Newport or meet them there to help.  It’s a nice afternoon spent in a park and volunteers can come and go from the booth, taking time to check out other festival activities.  Volunteers should contact Susan Gill at s [dot] gill [at] bz [dot] mofa [dot] go [dot] jp  or 617 973 9772 x122.

A message from the Prime Minister’s Office to JETAA

Greetings to all members of JET Alumni Association from the Cabinet Public Relations Office of the Government of Japan.


“We Are Tomodachi” is an e-book published with the aim of further deepening people’s understanding of the initiatives of the Government of Japan and the charms of Japan.


With the recent events that have taken place, including the visit to Japan by the U.S. President and the Japanese Prime Minister’s visit to European countries from late April to early May, we recently released the spring/summer edition, which is a revised version of the spring edition. The link is as follows. 


We are Tomodachi Spring/ Summer 2014



*Clicking on the E-BOOK icon at the center of the screen will allow you to view the e-book in browsing mode.

The PDF version is available for download by clicking on the PDF icon.


We very much hope you will read this for a deeper understanding about Japan.


The summer edition will be released in mid-July.

We are preparing a broad range of topics, including an introduction to colorful fireworks that light up the evening sky and a feature on women who play an active role in society. Please stay tuned!



Cabinet Public Relations Office, Cabinet Secretariat




Opportunity: TOMODACHI Leadership Program deadline 4/11

The TOMODACHI leadership program for young professionals (target age is 35 years or younger) is in their final days of accepting applications. They hope to recruit two quality applicants from the Boston area.
This is a unique opportunity for young professionals, especially those who contribute to the local economy through their business or government work, who would be interested in an opportunity to join a 10-person delegation from the States and visit Japan. 
All costs are covered through the generous contribution of Mitsui & Co., and it’s a terrific way for either someone with an interest in Japan to build their knowledge or to find leaders (future or current) who would benefit from learning more about Japan to increase their global outlook.   We are not recruiting Japan specialists per se.
Please find the letter from United States Ambassador to Japan, Caroline B. Kennedy, and U.S.-Japan Council President, Irene Hirano Inouye along with detailed information about this year’s program below.
More details are also available through this link: