Annual Dinner Auction

New for 2018 - We have opened our Gala’s silent auction to the public for a short window! The bidding, however, will still close at the Gala itself on April 17 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. 

You may bid by emailing your bid to The highest online bids will become the opening bid at the Gala itself. To win an item, your bid will need to be higher than any potential bidder at the Gala. Thank you for your support. All donations go directly to the Japan Society of Boston to support our work sharing Japan in Boston.

Online auction bidding has closed.

Item #: S13
Trip to Japan
Travel to Japan and enjoy the best of both Kyoto and Tokyo with this package! Start your trip with business class round trip tickets on Japan Airlines from Boston to Narita. Enjoy two nights stay for two persons in one of Hotel Okura’s superior rooms in Tokyo, including breakfast. In addition, enjoy a three night complimentary stay at the Hyatt Regency in Kyoto, with daily breakfast for two and either a meditation visit at a nearby Zen temple or a Tea Ceremony experience.
Restrictions: JAL: some restrictions will apply; taxes and fees not included. Hotel Okura: ticket is non-refundable and not for resale. Please make reservation in advance. Hyatt Regency: please see certificate for more details. May not be redeemed during specific holidays or dates with hotel promotions.
Start Bid: $8,000   Bid Increments: $200
Japan Airlines, Hotel Okura, Hyatt Regency

Item #: S1
Peabody Essex Museum Guided Tour

Tour the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA with a docent for a guided, one-hour tour for up to ten people. The PEM holds one of the largest collections of Asian art in the United States, and has more than 840,000 works of art and culture featuring maritime art and history; American art; Asian, Oceanic, and African art; Asian export art; two large libraries with over 400,000 books, manuscripts.
Restrictions: please email a minimum of two weeks prior to arrival to schedule your tour. The tour must take place during regular business hours. Expires December 31, 2019.
Start Bid
: $100      Bid Increments: $20
Peabody Essex Museum

Item #: S2
Manjiro Trail Complete Tour

Tour the Manjiro Trail in Fairhaven, MA for up to four guests. In 1843, Fairhaven became the home of the first Japanese person to live in America. The ties of friendship, first formed when Fairhaven whaling Captain William Whitfield rescued fourteen year old Manjiro Nakahama from a small island in the Pacific Ocean, have endured to this day and make Fairhaven a popular spot for visitors from Japan. The trail follows the important local sites that were relevant to Manjiro’s life during his stay.

Restrictions: please schedule the tour in advance of arrival.

Start Bid: $50        Bid Increments: $10

Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society, Inc.

Item #: S3
Sake Tasting with John Mang

This 2 hour course for up to 10 people will give you a more in-depth look at Japan’s most unique beverage. You will taste 10 of some of Japan’s rarest and most delicious sakes, comparing and contrasting tastes from major categories such as Honjozo, Ginjo, Dai Ginjo, Genshu, Nigori, and Nama while sampling some traditional Japanese drinking snacks. This unique class is led by John Mang, JSB Board Member and Advanced Sake Professional.
Start Bid
: $1,000      Bid Increments: $50

John Mang

Item #: S4
Ken Matsuzaki Vase

Adorn your mantle or coffee table with this beautiful Ken Matsuzaki Vase, yohen natural ash glaze stoneware, accompanied by a wooden box storage case. The vase is 11 ½” x 9” x 2 ½”, and it will become a new conversation piece at your next social gathering.
Start Bid
: $2,800   Bid Increments: $100

Mr. & Mrs. B. H. Pucker

Item #: S5

Pucker Gallery Tour and Dinner

This package includes a tour the Pucker Gallery followed by a Japanese style dinner in one of the galleries for four people.

Start Bid
: $300      Bid Increments: $25
Donor(s): Bernie Pucker, Itadaki

Item #: S6
Dinner at o ya

Enjoy dinner for up to four hundred dollars at o ya, an exclusive Japanese Restaurant!  Located in a 100-year-old fire station in Boston’s historic Leather District, o ya offers contemporary Japanese dining in a comfortable setting. The intimate 37-seat dining room consists of ten tables and a 17-seat chef’s counter.

Restrictions: exclusive of gratuity
Current Bid
: $300      Bid Increments: $50

o ya Boston

Item #: S7
18 Course Japanese Tasting at Shoji

Enjoy an 18 course Japanese tasting menu for 2 for Shoji at Leonard Street in New York, an intimate sushi and kaiseki counter. This refined Japanese spot features a 12-seat counter, with seasonal Kappo-style Kaiseki and Edomae Sushi Menu by Tokyo and Kyoto trained Chef Derek Wilcox.

Restrictions: subject to restaurant availability. Not valid for alcohol, a la carte items, and tax. No cash value, no refund. Valid until December 31, 2018.
Start Bid
: $200      Bid Increments: $50

Shoji at 69 Leonard Street

Item #: S8
Formal Japanese Kaiseki Dinner

Enjoy a formal Japanese Kaiseki Dinner for four by Keiko Thayer at Ms. Thayer's residence, complete with rare Japanese Sake! Kaiseki, or kaiseki ryouri, is a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner that is a type of art form that balances the taste, texture, appearance, and colors of food.

Restrictions: No cash value, no refund. Valid until April 16th, 2019.
Start Bid
: $300      Bid Increments: $50

Keiko Thayer

Item #: S9
New Balance Factory Tour

Your group of four will tour the New Balance factory and design and make your own sneakers. Your newly designed and manufactured footwear will go the distance with you.  To top off your excursion, you will be treated to lunch with General Manager, Latin America at New Balance (and Treasurer of Japan Society of Boston) John Cullen.
Start Bid
: $400      Bid Increments: $25

New Balance

Item #: S10
New England Revolution Tickets and Autographed Shirts

Enjoy four tickets to the New England Revolution's home match April 28th, 7:30pm against Sporting KC at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. Included are autographed practice shirts from Zack Herivaux, #21 midfielder position, who was born in Osaka, Japan.

Start Bid
: $100      Bid Increments: $25

New England Revolution

Item #: S11
Hanley Ramirez Autographed Baseball

Back, back, back….it’s gone! Don’t let this autographed baseball by Red Sox slugger and designated hitter
Hanley Ramirez get away!
Start Bid
: $50        Bid Increments: $10

Boston Red Sox

Item #: S12
Masanori Murakami Autographed Baseball

Baseball autographed by the 1st Japanese MLB player, Masanori Murakami, who played for the San Francisco Giants in 1964-65 before returning to Japan to continue playing for the Nankai Hawks.

Start Bid
: $50        Bid Increments: $10

Japan Society of Boston

Item #: S14
The Kolo-Topdrawer Toolkit Set

The Kolo-Topdrawer Toolkit consists of: a Kolo Portland Daypack, a Kolo Noci Photo Album, a Kolo Bristol Journal (Small), a Colorchart Cloth Bound Notebook (A5), a Color Chart Ballpoint Pen, a Color Chart Ecsaine Pouch, and a Frixion Erasable Felt Tip Pen

Start Bid: $75        Bid Increments: $10

Item #: S15
Two Weeks of Vacation English Classes

Enjoy two weeks of FLS International’s special “Vacation English” program. The Vacation English Program offers basic instruction in the fundamental skills of English in a relaxed context. Develop your fluency while enjoying plenty of time to explore the rich cultural offerings and entertainment attractions available near our language schools.

Restrictions: No cash value, no refunds. Valid only from April 17, 2018 to April 17, 2019.

Start Bid
: $300      Bid Increments: $25

FLS International

Item #: S17
TOTO WASHLET S550e Bidet Toilet Seat

The TOTO WASHLET S550e Elongated Bidet Toilet Seat with ewater+ and Auto Open and Close Contemporary Lid is an electronic luxury seat that cleanses you with warm water, providing an exceptionally clean feeling.

Start Bid: $800      Bid Increments: $100
Current Bid: $900

Item #: S18
MIT Media Lab Tour

Enjoy a MIT Media Lab Tour with the opportunity to meet Joi Ito, Director of the lab. Now, in its fourth decade, the Media Lab continues to check traditional disciplines at the door. Product designers, nanotechnologists, data-visualization experts, industry researchers, and pioneers of computer interfaces work side by side to invent—and reinvent—how humans experience, and can be aided by, technology.

Start Bid
: $200      Bid Increments: $25
Current Bid:
MIT Media Lab

Item #: S19
Uchikake Wedding Kimono

This beautiful uchikake wedding kimono was custom created specifically for the 50th anniversary of the Boston-Kyoto sister city relationship. The kimono was worn by Michiko Imai for the celebration, and it was paired with a special traditional hairstyle created by stylist Keiichi Hanada, who came all the way from Kyoto for this special event. It is donated this year in anticipation of the 60th anniversary in 2019, and in memory of Mr. Hanada and his work.
Start Bid
: $1000      Bid Increments: $50

Kiyoko Morita

Image pictured is not of actual item, but is of similar design

Item #: S20
Nantucket Basket Pendant and Earrings

Made from certified prehistoric fossilized mammoth ivory, this jewelry set is a stunning addition to any collection.

Start Bid
: $400      Bid Increments: $25

GrayMist Studio and Shops

Item #: S21
Intimate VIP Ramen Class

Have you ever wondered what goes into a bowl of ramen? This 2-hour VIP Ramen Class for 6 will demystify ramen and give you an experience to remember. This VIP class starts with “History of Ramen”, with appetizers and drinks served, followed by “Ramen 101” to break down the building blocks of ramen. The experience will end with a tasting of three core styles of ramen: Shoyu Ramen, Tonkotsu Ramen, and Miso Ramen. Includes special take-home Sun Noodle Ramen Kits!
Restrictions: To be scheduled on Mon, Tues or Wed 6-8pm in May or June.  No Cash Value. No Refund. Valid until June 30th, 2018.

Current Bid
: $400      Bid Increments: $50
Oisa Ramen

Item #: S22
Birthday Package

This special birthday package includes complimentary haircut, conditioning, and make-up from Acote and one month of unlimited classes at The Bar Method

Restrictions: acote: not valid on Saturdays. The Bar method: must be activated by November 30th, 2018; valid in all three locations, must present certificate.

Start Bid
: $150      Bid Increments: $25
acote, The Bar Method

Item #: S23
Taste of Japan

Enjoy some of the best Japanese dishes that the Boston area has to offer! This package includes: a $100 gift certificate from Shiki in Brookline, a $100 gift card from Oga’s in Natick, and a $100 gift certificate to Hojoko in Boston.
Restrictions: No cash value, no refunds
Start Bid: $150      Bid Increments: $25
Shiki, Oga’s, Hojoko

Item #: S24
Fun with Asian Cuisine

Enjoy a $100 gift card at Crudo, a sleek bi-level spot swathed in reclaimed barn wood serving creative sushi & Pan-Asian small plates, and a $100 gift card at Shojo, a trendy, late-night gastropub with elaborate murals dishing up offbeat takes on modern Asian fare.

Restrictions: No cash value, no refunds

Start Bid
: $100      Bid Increments: $25
Crudo, Shojo

Item #: S25
Latte Art Class at Ogawa Coffee

Curious about how latte art is created? Learn the basics and have a chance to try making your own latte art with a special latte art class for two at Ogawa Coffee in Boston.

Restrictions: Date to be informed by Ogawa Coffee to the winner; part of a class of 5; date is pre-determined and cannot be negotiated. No cash value, no refund.
Start Bid
: $30        Bid Increments: $10
Ogawa Coffee

Item #: S26
Sapporo Ramen Certificates

Are you a ramen lover?  This package entitles the winner to ten (10) $20 certificates to Sapporo Ramen in Porter Square.
Restrictions: No cash value, no refund.
Start Bid
: $100      Bid Increments: $10
Sapporo Ramen Certificates

General Conditions of Sales

If there is any dispute between bidders, Japan Society of Boston shall have the sole and final discretion to determine the successful bidder.  No statement contained in this booklet or made orally at the silent auction or elsewhere shall be deemed or otherwise interpreted as a warranty or guarantee or assumption of liability.

All sales are final.  Refunds and exchanges are not permitted.

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