The Japan Society of Boston works across New England to foster friendships between Japanese and American citizens. We connect business to business, culture to culture, country to country, and organization to organization, through cultural, business, educational, and community focused programing.
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We are very, very sad to announce the passing of our beloved board member and Chairman Emeritus, Dr. Vernon Alden on June 22, 2020. Dr. Alden was known and respected as a "larger than life figure" internationally, nationally, across New England, and of course most especially in his hometown of Boston. Wherever his professional life took him, his relationship with Japan always remained vitally important to him. His admiration and love for Japan and the Japanese people was infectious, and having served as Chairman of the Japan Society of Boston for over 40 years, his dedication to furthering U.S.- Japan relations was truly remarkable. This interview from Ohio University, where he was President from 1962 to 1969, captures Dr. Alden's incredible life.
We offer our deepest condolences to his family, and to his many friends and colleagues around the globe. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them at this very difficult and painful time.
Free Online resources to keep you connected
Free Japanese language learning tools
Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese: Excellent free grammar resource with built in workbooks
Aozora Bunko: Free Japanese Library Database! Copyright free classics my Natsume Soseki and more...
Learn Japanese with Erin: Free resource from the Japan Foundation. Watch high school student Erin navigate Japan and the Japanese language at your own pace, read along, and take the quizzes.
NHK-World Japan Easy Japanese 2015: Dialogues presented with animation. Romaji and translation provided.
Just one Cookbook: Pretty popular resource for Japanese cuisine in English
Wa-Shokuiku: Japanese Inspired online food education curriculum
Arts and Museums
Origami-Instructions: Instructions of how to hold origami
MIT Visualizing Cultures: Collection of images with scholarly comments
MFA Boston Japanese arts lectures
THE JAPAN SOCIETY OF BOSTON
ANNUAL GALA is going VIRTUAL this year in September 2020!
ONE BITE AT A TIME: BUILDING CULTURAL BRIDGES THROUGH JAPANESE CULINARY ARTS
To kick start a healthy diet and an appreciation for Japanese culture, New England JETAA and Japan Society of Boston banded together to co-host a hands-on workshop on healthy bentos (box lunches) and kyushoku (Japanese school lunches). The workshop included a discussion on Japanese cuisine and it's historical and cultural influence on US-Japan relations, a hands-on demonstration on how to prepare a healthy and delicious Japanese bento, and premiered "Nourishing Japan," a new documentary on school lunch and food education in Japan. Attendees assembled, prepared and ate bentos, making for a fun filled day of community and nourishment!
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