Kyo no Machiya

I'm Ready for School
PlaySpace Exhibit - First Steps to Kindergarten
PlaySpace Exhibit - First Steps to Kindergarten
Museums and Libraries: Catalysts for Learning

Film: Rebuilding an Old Japanese House

Rebuilding an Old Japanese House. Dir. Rachel Strickland. Spontaneous Cinema

About The Japanese House Opening at Boston Children's Museum

Matchan, Linda. “A House Party Japanese Style: Children’s Museum Celebrates Opening of Its Artisan’s House.” The Boston Globe, April 17, 1980.  A newspaper article about the opening of the exhibit.

Building The Japanese House at Boston Children's Museum

“A Japanese Roof Raising in Boston.” ASIA magazine, January-February, 1980.  Describes how the 5 carpenters built The Japanese House within Boston Children’s Museum.

Use of Wood in Japanese Architecture

Gleason, Paul. “Works and Woods: Architecture and ecology in Japan.” Harvard Magazine, September-October, 2008. A tour of The Japanese House with Harvard associate professor Yukio Lippit, focusing on the use of various woods by Japanese builders of machiya.

Architecture Review of The Japanese House

Campbell, Robert. “A Japanese House for All Ages.” The Boston Globe, August 20, 1980. The Boston Globe’s architecture critic writes about The Japanese House for the Sunday magazine.


Two Models Describing Cultural Learning at Boston Children's Museum

Bedford, Leslie and Leslie Swartz. "Cultural Learning: Two Models." Boston Stories, Website. A discussion of how Boston Children’s Museum developed its approach to the teaching about Japan and China.

Nenga-Jyo Cards

Prepare New Year’s greeting cards and learn the Japanese zodiac.


Make oni masks for good health in the coming spring.


Learn about Daruma, a symbol of will power and determination.

Visit The Japanese House with Professor Lippit


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Powering School Readiness

    • Countdown to Kindergarten is a model classroom where children and their parents can have a typical kindergarten experience. View

    • The first exhibit of its kind anywhere, PlaySpace, was created specifically to spark creativity in young children ages 0-3. View

    • Executive function skills are learned and are crucial for a child’s development. View

    • For a child, play is the vehicle for learning and connecting with others. View

    • Play fosters language development and builds the foundation for communicaiton and conversation. View

    • Active play fosters physical, emotional and mental health. View