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About Showa Boston

Showa Boston is a language and culture institute located in the beautiful Moss Hill section of Boston.

A Bridge Across The Sea


Established in 1988 as a satellite campus for English majors from Showa Women's University in Tokyo, Japan, Showa Boston is a Japanese language and culture center located in the beautiful Moss Hill neighborhood of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

Since its founding, Showa Boston has taken on the role as a bridge between America and Japan, promoting global awareness, international understanding, and intercultural dialogue within and beyond the Boston community.

A Brief History of Showa

Enkichi Hitomi

Showa Women's University founder, Enkichi Hitomi (1883-1974), was a renowned poet and scholar who, with his wife Midori's inspiration and support, became deeply committed to establishing peace in a world ravished by World War I. His pioneering concept for building a peaceful society centered on educating women to play an important role in its development and growth.

Enkichi and Midori Hitomi took the first step towards making their vision a reality by establishing a technical school for women which opened in 1920 with eight students and five teachers.

Today, the University, located in Setagaya in the southwest part of metropolitan Tokyo, has grown to a population of over 7,400 students and approximately 700 faculty members. It offers its students a kindergarten-through-high school program, a junior college, a four-year university, a graduate school granting masters and doctoral degrees, and an Open College which promotes lifelong learning to people in the community.

Mission Statement

Showa Boston Institute for Language and Culture is a residential academic institution, established by Showa Women's University, Tokyo, Japan. Its mission is to increase students' English proficiency, to develop their cross-cultural awareness, and to foster their personal growth. Students share Japanese culture through school visits, festivals and personal contacts.

Mosshill Declaration We believe that culture and language are inextricably linked and are best learned in conjunction with each other. Our English-as-a-Second-Language classes combine skills with content-based instruction, taught in an immersion atmosphere with a communicative approach. Instruction is enhanced by interaction with native speakers, both on and off-campus. Through this integrated program of experiential learning, windows of insight open, stereotypes disappear and mutual respect emerges.

Showa Boston also fosters accelerated personal growth and a broadened global perspective in its students. They are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for their own intellectual and personal development within a structured, supportive, and culturally sensitive framework. Students are given opportunities to gain confidence from the effort of mastering a different language and culture, to engage in self-discovery, and to learn mutual responsibility through group living. In a secure and healthy environment, we strive to provide students with a solid foundation of knowledge, skills and character to become active participants in the international community.

Faculty and Staff


The full-time Showa faculty combines a wealth of academic training teaching experience and exposure to Japanese students. Nearly all hold master's degrees in TESOL from institutions such as Boston University, the University of Massachusetts or the School for International Training.

Several have taught in Japan, while others have been with Showa Boston since its opening in 1988. This long experience with Japanese students enables them to identify problems quickly, and tailor instructions more efficiently to the needs of Japanese learners.


The full-time staff at Showa Boston Institute is a diverse group. Many have had rich experiences in international organizations, and some have bi-lingual and bi-cultural backgrounds. The uniqueness of the full time staff at Showa is their loyalty, which speaks to the kind of work environment Showa Boston offers. It is not unusual to find staff who have been at the Institute since its opening in 1988.

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