General meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of the month in February, March, April, May, June, September, October and November.
About 60 - 90 minutes, meetings consist of an opportunity to socialize with members and visitors and enjoy a Japanese culture focused enrichment presentation - food, authors, art, history, language, etc.
November's meeting is the Annual Business meeting. We review the events of the year, budget and members vote on the following year's board of directors.
Currently meetings are hybrid and held in-person at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, Birch Room and Zoom online.
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February 2023 - Ryan Takeo
Ryan Takeo from KSHB 41 details his path to becoming a local TV reporter. While the award-winning journalist is used to telling the stories of others, he'll detail his own -- and will include lessons he learned along the way. Ryan was recently nominated for 4 Mid-America Emmy Awards.
March 2023 - Kimi Kitada and Rie Egawa
Charlotte Street Foundation curator, Kimi Kitada talks about contemporary Japanese-American artist. Local artist, Rie Egawa joins Ms. Kitada for a conversation about her art and process.
April 2023 - Dr. Amber A. Logan
Dr. Amber A. Logan, novelist and instructor, discusses "Japan From the Outside: Writing The Secret Garden of Yanagi Inn".
May 2023 - Noriko Ebersole
Artist Noriko Ebersole talks about her artistic journey and her work currently exhibited at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
June 2023 - Catherine Browder
Author Catherine Browder discusses her collection of stories, Resurrection City: Stories From the Disaster Zone, inspired by the Japan 3/11 disaster.