Sales of this Tshirt benefit the Kogei-Kyoto Exhibition, on view at SA+C.
The Japan Society of Boston commissioned this image from Artist Jeffrey H. Hayes to celebrate sixty years of friendship between Boston and Kyoto as Sister-Cities and recognizing their citizens for nurturing that relationship.
T-shirt Information and Symbolism:
• 100% cotton Tshirt in charcoal grey, with white and red ink.
• The Japanese text translates to: Boston Kyoto Sister Cities 60th Year
• The Gas Lamp and Stone Lantern are likenesses of gifts exchanged between Boston and Kyoto, each now standing at one another’s Sister City Halls.
• The Japanese Gate, traditionally found throughout Japan, references the one that belongs to Kozuru Family, who introduced the artist to Japan.
• The neo-classical arch references Rowes Wharf, welcoming visitors arriving at Boston Harbor and on the Greenway.
• The White Pine tree can be found in both Boston and Kyoto and the path is for our journey taken on together.
• The Japan Society logo is printed in red and white ink on the back of each T- shirt.
• The use of red is for for “Kanreki,” meaning a new beginning, used in Japan for 60th anniversaries.