Event Calendar

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Japan-America Society

Japan Festival - October


Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, October 22, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Wornall, KCMO

    Presenter: Dr. Tony Jones

    Topic: Frank Lloyd Wright and his connection to Japan

    Introduction for Tony Jones CBE                                     


    Born in Great Britain, Tony Jones is an internationally-known arts administrator, broadcaster, educator, and historian specializing in the art, design, and architecture of the Modern Age. A citizen of both Britain and the United States, Tony was educated at Goldsmith’s College in London, the Newport College of Art in Wales, and in the United States as a Fulbright Scholar. Conferred the title of Commander of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 2003, Tony holds an MFA from Tulane University and six honorary doctorates.

     Tony has served as Director of the renowned Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, Director of London’s legendary Royal College of Art, and was President of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1986 to 1991, and then again from 1997 to 2012, when SAIC named him Chancellor and President-Emeritus.

     Joining Kansas City Art Institute in 2015 as Interim President, Tony secured the largest gifts given to a college of art and design, and was asked to accept the role permanently,  a position which has since been endowed and named The Nerman Family Presidency.  Please join us in welcoming the 24th President of Kansas City Art Institute, Tony Jones.

    • Saturday, November 09, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 5200 Pennsylvania (Wornall), KCMO 64112 - at south end of Garden Center building

    Volunteers help keep this treasured space beautiful by coming together Saturday mornings in April through November, weather permitting. Please check for cancellation updates on this event page in case of rain or other poor weather.

    No special equipment needed, but gloves and sunscreen strongly encouraged! Questions? Contact us for more information.

    Did you know we have a beautiful Japanese garden at Loose Park? The Loose Park Japanese Tea Room and Garden, dedicated in July 2006, was conceived as a cultural exchange between the Sister Cities of Kurashaki, Japan and Kansas City, Missouri. The Tea Room is set in a traditional Japanese garden featuring a small ornamental fountain, large boulders, many shrubs and groundcovers with a pathway leading to the Tea Room. The small garden is a place for quiet meditation.

    • Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Wornall, KCMO


    Our 2019 Annual Meeting, Potluck Dinner and 2020 Board Elections will be Tuesday, November 12, at 7 p.m. in the Loose Park Garden Center.


    Please bring a side dish to share based on your last name (Japanese food is always appreciated!):

    A-E Desserts

    F-M  Bread

    N-S  Potatoes / rice / pasta / casseroles, etc.

    T-Z  Salads & vegetables 


    Japan-America Society members will vote on the 2020 Officers and Board at our Annual Meeting on November 12. Thank you to Chairperson and the Nominating Committee for bringing together the excellent slate of candidates. 

    Only current HAJAS members can vote for board members. If you are unsure of your membership status, please email us at: hoa.japanamericansociety@gmail.com.  


    Please bring your or checkbook or credit cards as a mini bazaar will be open for your holiday shopping needs!