Kyo no Machiya

Visiting Kyo no Machiya
Visiting Kyo no Machiya

Explore the Museum’s authentic 100-year old house from Kyoto, Japan!

Miss Kyoto, Our Friendship Ambassador
Miss Kyoto, Our Friendship Ambassador

Miss Kyoto, one of the friendship exchange dolls from Japan. She has been part of the Museum's collection since 1928.

Japanese New Year’s Celebration – Sunday, January 15
Japanese New Year’s Celebration: Sunday, January 15, 2017

Welcome in Oshōgatsu 2017 and experience the Japanese customs such as chado tea ceremony, mochi rice pounding, taiko performance, shishimai lion dance, and more!

Exploring the Timeline
Exploring the Timeline

In 1979, five carpenters from Japan reassembled an authentic traditional machiya-style house in Boston Children’s Museum. Find out how this house was brought to Boston from Kyoto, Japan.

What Makes This a Collection?
What Makes This a Collection?

The Japanese collection at Boston Children’s Museum includes approximately 4,000 artifacts. Explore our collection and try our collections game.

Nengajo Activity
Write a New Year's Card

Learn about the custom of nengajo (Japanese New Year greeting cards) and write your own.

Hariko no tora
Curate Your Own Collection

Select your own favorite Japanese objects and create a personal online exhibit!


The Japanese House

The Japanese House at the Boston Children’s Museum (BCM) is a well-preserved machiya, a unique architectural form from Japan. Kyoto machiya are now on the World Monument Fund Watch List and the focus of preservation efforts in Japan. The Japanese House website provides access to the Boston Children’s Museum’s rich array of resources for the study, interpretation, and preservation of The Japanese House.