Japan on Campus

Showa Boston campus is located in the beautiful Moss Hill section of Boston, Massachusetts.


Showa Boston Campus

Located six miles from downtown Boston, the Showa Boston campus rests on a quiet, wooded hilltop overlooking the city skyline. At the heart of the 40-acre campus are the student dormitory, dining hall, classroom building, and administrative offices.

Showa students live in nine wings attached to our main building. Each wing contains comfortable dormitory rooms, bathroom facilities, and a lounge furnished with couches, tables, and a large-screen television. At least two Resident Assistants live with the students in each wing, acting as guides to American culture, serving as mentors, and coordinating activities. They are often young professionals or graduate students who enjoy the opportunity to live and work with international students.

Showa Boston takes pride in its authentic Japanese tea house and also its beautiful Japanese garden.

Sanzashi-An Tea House

Sanzashi-An Tea House

Showa Boston's Japanese Tea House was built in 1988. It is one of the finest and most authentic tea houses in all of New England. It was designed by an architect in Japan and built by several Japanese carpenters.

Most of the material used for constructing the tea house was brought from Kyoto and other parts of Japan. All the intricate joints, woodworking detail, posts, and ceiling lattice were prepared and assembled with magnificent accuracy, authenticity, and craftsmanship.
Chancellor Kusuo Hitomi thoughtfully named Showa's Tea House "Sanzashi-An". This translates to "Mayflower Hut".

HoNanEn Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden

"Japanese gardens possess a unique beauty derived from the combination and synthesis of various elements. There is a compositional beauty derived from a blending of natural plantings, sand, water, and rock, made unique by the natural beauty of Japan's landscape, seasonal change, and a symbolic beauty arising from the expression of Shinto beliefs and Buddhist intellectual conventions." (JAPAN - An Illustrated Encyclopedia, Kodansha)

The Japanese garden at Showa Boston was built in 1996. The garden was named "HoNanEn" by the late Chancellor Kusuo Hitomi. The approximate translation of "HoNanEn" would be "Garden of sweet-smelling trees." A colorful addition to the pond of "HoNanEn" is a group of about twenty Koi carp. They were raised by Dr. Hitomi on the Tokyo campus of Showa Women's University and shipped to Boston.

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