Japan Events in Boston!


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This calendar is a resource for Japan fans, featuring Japan-related events all across the Greater Boston and New England area. We work actively to feature all Japan-related events that could help you enjoy Japan in Boston. We hope you will enjoy many of these events and share with us events that we may have overlooked. 

We have additional calendars focused on JSB-organized events.

For events not organized by JSB directly, please check with the presenting organization to confirm all times, dates and event details. We work hard to be accurate but sometimes The Japan Society of Boston is not responsible for any changes or inaccuracies in information about events we feature but do not produce ourselves. 

Upcoming events

    • 23 May 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • McDermott, Will & Emery, 28 State Street, Suite 3400, Boston, MA 02109

    Chat & Chowder with Sheila Smith | Japan Rearmed

    Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    McDermott, Will, & Emory, 28 State Street, Suite 3400,
    Boston, MA 02109

    Japan has one of Asia’s most technologically advanced militaries and yet struggles to use its hard power as an instrument of national policy. The horrors of World War II continue to haunt policymakers in Tokyo, while China and South Korea remain wary of any military ambitions Japan may entertain. Yet a fundamental shift in East Asian geopolitics has forced Japan to rethink the commitment to pacifism it made during the U.S. occupation. The military, once feared as a security liability, now appears to be an indispensable asset, called upon with increasing frequency and given a seat at the policymaking table.

    In Japan Rearmed, Sheila A. Smith argues that Japan is not only responding to increasing threats from North Korean missiles and Chinese maritime activities but also reevaluating its dependence on the United States. No longer convinced that they can rely on Americans to defend Japan, Tokyo’s political leaders are now confronting the possibility that they may need to prepare the nation’s military for war. 

    Sheila A. Smith, an expert on Japanese politics and foreign policy, is senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). She joined CFR from the East-West Center in 2007, where she directed a multinational research team in a cross-national study of the domestic politics of the U.S. military presence in Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines. Smith is vice chair of the U.S. advisors to the U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON), a bi-national advisory panel of government officials and private sector members. She teaches as an adjunct professor at the Asian Studies Department of Georgetown University and serves on the board of its Journal of Asian Affairs. She earned her MA and PhD degrees from the department of political science at Columbia University.

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    • 25 May 2019
    • 11:00 AM
    • Arnold Arboretum, Bussey St. Gate Entrance, 125 Arbor Way Boston, MA 02130

    Forest Bathing

    Sat, May 25, 2019 from 11:00 AM

    Arnold Arboretum, Bussey St. Gate Entrance, 125 Arbor Way
    Boston, MA 02130

    Forest Bathing is inspired by Shinrin-yoku, a prominent feature of preventative medicine and healing in Japan. This slow-paced guided therapeutic experience promotes wellness through a series of gentle sensory-opening invitations that welcome us to notice more of our natural surroundings. By deepening our connection with the natural world and each other, we open ourselves up to the healing medicine of the forest. Forest Bathing is part of a global effort to tend to the stressful conditions of living in modern industrialized civilization.

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    • 25 May 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Film - The Castle of Cagliostro (Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro)

    Sat, May 25, 2019 from 3:00 PM

    Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy Street,
    Cambridge, MA 02138

    In his first feature film, Miyazaki unleashes the adventurous, shapeshifting antics of Arsène Lupin III, apparently a grandson of Maurice Leblanc’s notorious “Gentleman Burglar." Like the original, Lupin is a master thief, cunning sleuth and outrageous daredevil. He is also a carefree comedian who uses unconventional methods to outwit his opponents and win the hearts of damsels in distress. While dashing off with a Fiat-full of cash from Monte Carlo, he discovers that it is all counterfeit. Resolving to get to the source of the fake bills, Lupin and his partner are instantly embroiled in an action-packed face-off with the nefarious Count of Cagliostro. They must rescue the Count’s imprisoned fiancée while eluding his longtime foe, Inspector Zenigata, as well as the castle’s endless traps and surprises. Although worlds away from Miyazaki’s dazzling tales to come, this high-spirited, irreverent spectacle provides creative, witty and very mischievous entertainment for those not afraid of a little darkness running through the veins of their childrens’ comic heroes.

    To learn more, please visit the Harvard Film Archive website.

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    • 26 May 2019
    • 23 Jun 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • Cambridge Innovation Center, 101 Main Street (14th floor), Cambridge, MA 02142