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Japan-America Society FAQs

What is the Japanese population in Kansas City?

We do have a Japanese population. Unlike some larger cities closer to the coast, Kansas City does not have a Japanese or Asian neighborhood, but we do have Japanese citizens and Americans with Japanese heritage living and working in the Greater Kansas City area. Here are some links of census data taken for the year 2000.

What are the Japan-America Society (JAS) meetings like?

We almost always have some sort of a presenter, and that can range from informative lectures, hands-on activities or something simple like sharing an experience. We also have pot-luck meetings where we bring food, eat and socialize. Meetings are generally tied to our cultural mission, increasing the understanding between Japan and the United States.

If you would like to attend a meeting, we encourage anyone to come and participate. All age groups and backgrounds are in the JAS. Non-members are welcome to attend events, but if you become a regular, why not join up as a member? It's fun!

We have a range from 25-50 members at each meeting. The meetings begin casually with snacks and drinks provided. We then will make announcements for a couple minutes. Afterwards a speaker will make a presentation for about 45 minutes on their topic. The meetings usually end with everyone breaking off and chatting with new and old friends. It's a good time and you always learn something. We are a kind and social group.

Are there only Japanese people at your meetings / events?

There is always a mix of Americans and Japanese at every meeting. Sometimes there are more Americans and sometimes more Japanese. It's constantly evolving, and we like it that way. Meetings are held in English, but there is opportunity to speak some Japanese if you’d like at almost every event.

I'm trying to find some Asian grocery stores that I can buy some Japanese goods. Where can I find them?

Doing a quick Google Map search was the best thing we could think of to get the most current results. Check out Asian Markets Kansas City, via google maps. Occasionally JAS members have been spotted at the Oriental Supermarket and 888 in Overland Park.

Do you have any Japanese Language schools in Kansas City?

We have several places where anyone interested can learn Japanese in the Greater Kansas City area. Two Kansas school districts offer Japanese courses: Shawnee Mission and Olathe Schools. College Students can learn Japanese at Johnson County Community College, and the University of Kansas (KU).

Does Kansas City have any Japanese restaurants?

Of course! Our members are occasionally spotted at the following restaurants:

Is there a Japanese Consulate in Kansas City?

Kansas City is supported by the Consulate-General of Japan at Chicago. While there is no local Consulate (it closed in 2004), we do have representation through the Honorary Consul-General, Mr. James Kanki. Individuals may contact Mr. Kanki with questions. 

The Consulate General of Japan is funded by the Japanese government. Because Chicago, Illinois is hub for Japanese air travel and is also centrally located, it was decided that the Chicago Consulate would enlarge its Midwest responsibility. The Chicago consulate has been very supportive to Kansas City. Representatives travel to the Greater Kansas City numerous times a year to meet with organizations and also to provide "satellite" services to residents and students official documents e.g., passports and visa translation and other immigration documents.

My family is hosting a Japanese friend, relative, student coming up soon. Can you recommend things we can do to welcome them and make their stay as pleasant as possible?

Hosting a visitor from Japan is a rewarding and interesting experience. You can get some tips by reading our article on being a Host Family

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