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Japanese House Gallery Exhibit

Current Exhibit: “Train Train”

Train Train is an exhibition of storytelling, imagination, and friendship. The exhibit uses trains as storytellers and welcomes Museum visitors to reflect on their lives through exploring those stories. Museum visitors can explore trains as a symbol of determination and kindness, reminding us of the importance of hard work, patience, and persistence. Trains keep moving forward every day, whether in the rain, the wind, the summer heat, or the winter snow. Trains carry many things and help people reach their destinations. Museum visitors are invited to share their own train stories and ask "Where is my train going?"

The artwork in the exhibit was created by the student members of the “Art Thinking” project team at Tohoku University of Art & Design in Japan. Art Thinking is a research based project of Minatsu Ariga and her team at Tohoku University of Art & Design in Japan. The project asks “How do we use art in our life?” and explores art as a way for children and adults to develop their imaginations, problem solving skills, creativity, and resilience. Art Thinking chose to use the special power of art to connect with many friends after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in their hometown in March 2011.This is their fifth annual international friendship project bringing their art exhibition and hands-on activity programs to Boston.

The installation will run from March 10 – September 10, 2017.

What are we learning?

  • Cultural Understanding
  • Communication Skills
  • Creativity
  • Observation
  • Visual - Spatial Thinking Skills