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The Japan Society of Boston works across New England to foster friendships between Japanese and American citizens. Find out how you can get involved today.

In Memoriam: Patricia Gercik

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Patricia Eileen (Gercik) Haseltine, retired Director of International Programs at MIT and a dear friend of the Japan Society of Boston.  Pat Gercik has been battling serious illness and passed away, Sept.17th.  

The Memorial Service for Pat Gercik will be held in the Bigelow Chapel at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, Monday, September 23, 2019 at 12 noon.  Condolences should be sent to Pat's loving partner, John R. Low-Beer at 

Kogei-Kyoto x SA+C Boston: Contemporary Innovators in Japanese Arts and Crafts

Tuesday, September 10 - Sunday, November 10, 2019

The Japan Society of Boston is co-presenting, "Kogei-Kyoto at SA+C Boston: Contemporary Innovators in Japanese Arts and Crafts" with the Society of Arts in Crafts Seaport gallery from Sept. 10 to Nov. 10, 2019. 

To support this project, please visit our crowdfunding page.

Book talk: Pico Iyer

Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 7:00 PM (Arrival Time: by 6:45pm)

Pico Iyer will be presenting two of his books written based on his interactions and time spent in Japan.

To learn more, please visit the Harvard Book Store website.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 6:00pm to


The September meeting of the JSB Book Club will be held Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 50 Milk Street. For our September meeting we will discuss The Setting Sun by Osamu Dazai.

Allure of the Shamisen

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 6:00pm

Join us for a special shamisen lecture and demo performance with Janet Pocorobba, author of The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me. Janet will discuss the history and features of this enigmatic instrument. She will also share stories from her own journey to learning to play the shamisen under her eccentric sensei in Japan.

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