japan society of boston events

The Japan Society of Boston hosts a variety of events to help connect Japan and Boston. JSB Members can get discounts, or even free admission, to these events!

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Upcoming events

    • 26 Apr 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • InterContinental Boston, 510 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02210
    Registration is closed

    2019 Annual Gala Dinner

    Celebrating 60 Years of Boston and Kyoto:  A legacy of Friendship, Culture, and Peace

    April 26, 2019 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM

    InterContinental Boston, 510 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02210

    VIP Table Sponsorships are also available.

    On April 26, 2019, we will honor the following distinguished honorees: 

    Daisaku Kadokawa, Mayor of Kyoto City 

    Tasuku Honjo, Distinguished Professor, Kyoto University *

    John A. Shane, Venture Investor, Corporate Officer and Director

    Daiko Matsuyama, Deputy Head Priest of Taizo-In Temple 

    Our Event Chairs this year are: 

    Joi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab

    Kiyoko Morita, Chairman of the Boston-Kyoto 60th Anniversary Committee

    *We have been notified that Professor Tasuku Honjo is not able to travel to Boston to attend the Annual Gala Dinner in person. Professor Honjo will accept the award with a recorded message.

    Getting to the InterContinental - Parking

    The InterContinental Hotel only offers valet parking.

    Guests may either valet their car at the front doors, or will be directed to the garage where their car will be taken by a valet attendant. Should they valet in the garage, they will be directed to take the elevators up to the lobby level of the hotel. The cost for parking is $36 should guests park prior to 6:00 PM, and $20 should they park after 6:00 PM. In order to get the discounted rate, guests will need to have a parking voucher and hand this voucher in with their valet ticket when they depart. InterContinental will be providing the parking vouchers.

    Nearby, there are several other garages. Click here to download a list with map, or see the list below.

    Atlantic Wharf Garage - 280 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210

    2 mins walk, 0.1 miles

    Nightly Rate: $12 from 5pm  to 3am the following morning  


    125 High Street Garage - 115 Purchase St Boston, MA 02110

    3 mins walk, 0.1 miles

    Nightly Rate: $10 from 4pm  to 4am the following morning  


    225 Franklin Street Garage - 84-102 Pearl Street Boston, MA 02110

    3 mins walk, 0.2 miles

    Nightly Rate: $10 from 5pm  to 5am the following morning  


    Post Office Square Garage - Zero Post Office Square Boston, MA 02109

    5 mins walk, 0.2 miles

    Nightly Rate: $9 from 4pm to 5am the following morning

    Access to the Ballroom at the InterContinental

    The Japan Society of Boston Event will be taking place in the Rose Kennedy Ballroom and Foyer located on the Third Floor of the hotel. Guests will be directed to take the elevators to the third floor and there will be signage noting for guests to use the elevators. Guests are also welcome to use our guest room elevators, which also will take them to the third floor event space. Registration for the event will be just off of the elevators along with coat check. 

    Each year, the Annual Dinner of The Japan Society of Boston celebrates the organization's role as a bridge between the people of Japan and America. The Dinner provides an opportunity to support the diverse activities of the Japan Society of Boston. The Society carefully selects individuals to honor who have made outstanding contributions to the greater good in both the US and Japan: business and cultural leaders as well as internationally celebrated artists and performers. 

    In addition to our honored guests, The Annual Gala features fine cuisine, world-class music, and a silent auction with specialty items donated to support our mission: to connect Boston and Japan in friendship for the greater good.
    • 30 Apr 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 50 Milk Street, 18th floor Hemingway Room (off the kitchen), Boston, MA 02110
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    Japan Society of Boston Book Club

    Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 6-8 PM

    50 Milk St., 18th floor Hemingway Room (off the kitchen), Boston, MA 02110

    Do you love Japanese literature? The JSB Book Club will be meeting in April to discuss The Afterlife of Kenzaboro Tsuruda by Elizabeth Wilkins Lombardo.

    Wilkins Lombardo was a Japan enthusiast, having lived there for many years. She spent 10 years working on this novel but passed away before it was published. Her dear friend, Brooke Williams, is quite eager to discuss Elizabeth's work with readers and we hope to have her join us for this discussion.

    The purpose of the JSB Book Club is to strengthen the Boston community of Japan enthusiasts by coming together to discuss Japanese literature.

    The club is limited to Japan Society of Boston Members. Interested in joining but not yet a Member of the Japan Society of Boston? Consider becoming a Member today! If you are already Member and interested in the group, please contact us to have your name added to the club mailing list

    • 07 May 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • CIC Cambridge, 245 Main St, Mosaic (3rd floor), Cambridge, MA 02142
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    Brown Bag - atsuko Fish Featuring 2019 JWLI fellows

    CIC Cambridge, 245 Main Street, Mosaic (3rd floor),
    Cambridge, MA 02142

    Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

     

    Join us for a lunchtime discussion about the ambitious projects helmed in Japan by emerging women leaders. Meet the 2019 Spring Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative Fellows! This year's Fellows will introduce their projects and answer questions about their personal experiences developing as leaders in Japan today. The Program Founder, Atsuko Fish, will also share her vision and aspiration for women’s leadership in Japan.   

    The Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative is a two-year executive leadership development program that invests in emerging women leaders from across Japan and transforms them to be action-oriented leaders. Through a four-week training in Boston, Fellows will acquire the confidence to lead, skills to manage, and create Action Plans to make social change. Upon returning to Japan, they work towards achieving their vision.  

    2019 JWLI Fellows


    Eriko Ito, Executive Director, Social Value Japan

    Eriko works as a social impact assessment consultant for non-profits, corporate CSR, and foundations. Her mission is maximizing social value in Japan through social impact assessment. Eriko aims to make impact measurement more accessible and available for all types of nonprofits and hopes to use it also as a tool for the management and staff to gain a sense of achievement and realize the importance of the values they are creating to change the society.

    Eri Maeda, Executive Director, Financial Women of Japan Initiative

    Eri believes that women are often in disadvantageous positions in the finance industry, where men make up the majority of the population in Japan. Through the Financial Women of Japan Initiative, Eri seeks to empower Japanese women in the finance industry and also hopes to help children become open-minded by developing and offering workshops at schools.

    Kanako Sakimura, Assistant Manager, Sustainability Department Social Innovation team, Rakuten, Inc.

    Kanako works as an Assistant Manager of Social Innovation team at Rakuten in Tokyo. Among many projects, Kanako’s team provides volunteer opportunities for Rakuten employees in areas such as disaster relief and child support services. Kanako aims to make the Japanese private sector play a more active role in social change and plans to create a volunteer community of employees beyond Rakuten.

    Yu Shinagawa, An-Nahal Inc./Global Shapers

    After six years of experience as a talent development consultant, Yu became a freelancer and has worked on various projects such as designing global talent development programs, coordinating World Bank’s project “1st Africa-Japan Higher Education Partnership Project,” and creative workshops sponsored by UNHCR Japan. Further, she worked for the NPO Japan Association for Refugees, and was responsible for job assistance for asylum seekers. In 2019, Yu was selected as Global Shapers by World Economic Forum. She is now in the procedure of setting up her own company An-Nahal Inc., which is focused on career development for refugees and immigrants, as well as diversity inclusion training for Japanese companies.

    Please note that we often take photographs at events for our records and sometimes for use in public media such as Facebook and blog posts. Registering for an event generally signifies acknowledgment that your likeness may be used in these ways. If you are not comfortable with this, please let us know and we can accommodate you.

    As part of registering, we may ask for your email address. You may register for an event without providing your email address. Your email address will not be sold or given to third parties without your permission. By registering with your email address, you may receive emails from the Japan Society of Boston, including updates about event details (e.g., location), announcements about other upcoming events, and special offers.  Please be in touch with us anytime to change your email preferences.
    • 08 May 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cahners Theater, Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114


    Film - Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki

    CO-PRESENTED WITH THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE

    Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    Cahners Theater, Museum of Science
    1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114

    Film director and animator Hayao Miyazaki suddenly announced his retirement in 2013 at the age of 72. But he couldn’t shake his burning desire to create. After an encounter with young CGI animators, Miyazaki embarked on a new endeavor—his first project ever to utilize CGI. But the artist, who had been adamant about hand-drawn animation, confronted many challenges. The film even faces the danger of being canceled. Can an old master who thinks he’s past his prime shine once again? This program goes behind the scenes over two years as Miyazaki overcomes struggles to create his short film using CGI.

    Join us for a one-night only screening of this incredible, intimate look into the process of a cinematic legend. We will be joined by Susan Napier, Professor in the Japanese program at Tufts University, and  author of the recent book Miyazakiworld: A Life in Art.

    Registration for the general public April 24, 2019 9:00 am.

    For more information and to register for your ticket, please visit the Museum of Science event page.

    This film is co-presented with the Museum of Science.


    • 09 May 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • CIC Boston, Meridian Room, 50 Milk Street 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02109
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    Japanese English Language Exchange

    Japanese/English 

    Language Exchange

    at the Japan Society of Boston

    The Second Thursday of Each Month from 5:00 - 7:00 PM

    Our monthly language exchange is now on Thursday!

    Next Meeting: Thursday, May 9, 2019

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

    Free for JSB members | $5 for public

    Registration accepted online or at-the-door

    Join us for a Japanese/English language exchange with native Japanese speakers! This monthly event begins with a half an hour of speaking in Japanese, followed by a half an hour of speaking in English, and alternate until we hit 7 PM. We hope that our guests will meet others and find new paths for improving and enjoying their Japanese and English language skills. We expect all guests to come with a friendly disposition to learn and help others learn!

    Please note that we often take photographs at events for our records and sometimes for use in public media such as Facebook and blog posts. Registering for an event generally signifies acknowledgment that your likeness may be used in these ways. If you are not comfortable with this, please let us know and we can accommodate you.

    As part of registering, we may ask for your email address. You may register for an event without providing your email address. Your email address will not be sold or given to third parties without your permission. By registering with your email address, you may receive emails from the Japan Society of Boston, including updates about event details (e.g., location), announcements about other upcoming events, and special offers.  Please be in touch with us anytime to change your email preferences.
    • 13 May 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • CIC Cambridge, Venture Cafe, 5th Floor, 1 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142