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Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Boston Kyoto Sister City Relationship Boston Children's Museum
308 Congress Street
Boston, MA
June 14, 2019
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Recognizing the 60th Anniversary of the Boston-Kyoto Sister City Relationship, Boston Children’s Museum is hosting a 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 


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! 

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