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In addition to celebrating several Japanese festivals in The Japanese House and providing many school programs, an introductory exhibit is created to display the carpenters' tools and photos of the carpenters rebuilding the House, as well as a model to show how the House was constructed.

In order to personalize the House, BCM staff created a fictional story of Toshi, a boy who lives in the Nishijin district of Kyoto, whose grandfather tells him the story of how The Japanese House came to Boston. Childhood in Japan is shown through examples of Japanese lunch boxes, baseball gloves, and other artifacts.