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Friday: 10am-9pm

Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Boston Kyoto Sister City Relationship

Recognizing the 60th Anniversary of the Boston-Kyoto Sister City Relationship, Boston Children’s Museum is hosting a year-long celebration to include many fun and exciting events and activities!

The Museum is home to the Japanese House (Kyo-no-Machiya), an authentic silk merchant’s house from Kyoto, Japan. This house was originally built in late 1800s, and it was transported to Boston as a generous gift from Kyoto to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Sister City Relationship in 1979. While it is the 60th anniversary for the sister cities, it is also the 40th anniversary of this special historic cultural house exhibition in the Museum. Boston Children’s Museum is proud to be the home of this historical artifact and the learning opportunity it presents for children and families.

If you would like to learn more about its amazing journey here, please look at the many videos and resources available on our Japanese House website:

Special 60th Anniversary Celebration Program 2019 Schedule


Oshogatsu! Japanese New Year Celebration.
Sunday, January 20, 11:00AM - 4:00 PM
Welcome 2019 in the fun and playful Japanese Oshogatsu style with many good luck symbols!
Dance with Taiko drumming beats, pound Mochi sticky rice, parade with Shishi the lion, and relax with Chado the tea ceremony! This celebration invites you to try out so many hands-on activities such as Koma spinning tops, Fuku-warai lucky laugh game, Origami (giant & wearable origami), Omikuji fortune telling and more!


Make ONI Monster Masks.
Friday, February 8, 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Celebrate the Japanese Setsubun customs and make your own ONI monster masks for good luck for your upcoming spring season! Are you ready to shout like monsters and scare away bad luck? “Roarrrrrrr!”


Connect, Connect, Puzzle.
Friday, March 8, 6:00PM - 8:00PM & Saturday, March 9, 10:00am -12:00pm
We are all connected! Friends from Tohoku, Japan invite you to check out the art exhibition “Connect, Connect, Puzzle” and participate in game-like activities through the gallery experience. Find a sense of belonging by playing, creating, and connecting with each other!

Festival of Hina.
Sunday, March 24, 11:00AM – 3:00PM
Experience the Japanese March Festival of Hina, or Hina-matsuri in Japanese – a celebration of womanhood, also known as a festival of dolls, girls, and peaches. March is also Women’s History Month in the U.S. Combining these two traditions, explore stories of strong women, and share stories of inspiring women in your life!


Sakura Day with Boston Public Schools
Wednesday, April 3, 10:30AM – 11:30PM
Performances of spring haiku, songs in Japanese, and more! Boston Public School students from many different neighborhoods will gather and showcase what they have learned in their own classrooms. Through that, the students experience cross-group and cross-cultural interactions and participate in building the community of Boston! The goal of this Boston Public School program is to expand an awareness of the world and to foster respect of cultural diversity.

Celebrate TOMODACHI Friendship – the 60th Anniversary of Kyoto Boston Sister Cities.
Saturday, April 27, 11:00AM – 3:00PM
Celebrating the 60 years of international friendship, Boston Children’s Museum welcome friends from Kyoto, Japan. Please join us and say hi to our friends. Ask them questions about Kyoto and participate in fun, hands-on activities. Meet special guest Makimasa Imai, Kyoto’s famous ceramic artist!


Ikebana – Japanese Flower Arrangement, with Special Guest Artists - Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Boston
Saturday, May 19
Workshops will be held in the Museum Art Studio (limited seating available). According to Ikenobo, “Ikebana is the Japanese traditional art of flower arranging. The word is composed of two parts: ike (arrange; enhance), and hana (flower; plant). Ikebana seeks to highlight the essence of plant materials, and thus portray the natural world.” Learn this special art from the guest artists and build awareness and appreciation of the nature around us! Recommended for the age 6 and above.


90 Children from Kyoto, Japan.
Friday, June 14, 6:00PM-8:00PM
90 elementary school friends from Kyoto are coming to meet you. They have been preparing fun activities, toys, and games and cannot wait to share them with you! Come to the Museum and make TOMODACHI friends!

The Museum will be closing early on Saturday, October 5 at 3:00pm for a private event.

PlaySpace is closed for the construction of a new space for 0 to 3 year olds and their caregivers.
While under renovation, look for special Pop-Up PlaySpace experiences and programs throughout the Museum. Learn more about Pop-Up PlaySpace

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