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Heart of America

Japan-America Society

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, February 27, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Avenue, Prairie Village, KS 66207


    Speaker Corey Antis

    Suminagashi is a Japanese art form and ia often translated as "floating ink." It has been used for various crafts including not only paper but fabrics, metal, and ceramics. Dating back to the 12th Century, Japanese forms of marbling existed well before the commonly known European, Turkish, or Persian methods. We will learn about this technique and how it is done.

    Speaker: Corey Antis (he/him) is an artist based in Kansas City, Missouri. His studio practice is informed by a variety of drawing methods, techniques and materials from Japan and China. During this talk, he will share how he is informed by materials and techniques from Japan as well as show examples of suminagashi. Corey is currently an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Kansas City Art Institute.

    Please join us IN PERSON at 7pm on Tuesday, February 27th at Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse in the Birch Room for community and light refreshment.

    Or you can join us online by registering to get the Zoom link.

    Zoom Meeting Registration Link

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email.

    Meet  IN PERSON or VIA ZOOM:  7pm Tuesday, February 27, 2023

    • Saturday, March 09, 2024
    • 9:45 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Johnson County Community College, Capital Federal Conference Center in the Regnier Center, 11190 Quivera Rd, Overland Park, KS 66210

     Registration will close Feb 24, 2024

    Registration fees underwritten by:

    Consulate General of Japan at Chicago, Heart of America Japan America Society and Japanese Language Contest Committee presents...

    26th Annual Heartland

    Japanese Language Contest

    March 9, 2024 - In person

    Johnson County Community College

    Feb 10, 24, March 8 - Online

    Find complete contest details here:

    2024 Lang Contest Info Packet .pdf

    For updated calligraphy samples:

    2024 JLC Updated Calligraphy Samples.pdf

    Thanks to a generous grant for KU-Center for East Asian Studies, the registration fee this year is only


    To register, click on link to the left.

    Registration deadline is February 24, 2024*

    *Please note:  Submission deadline for Speech contest is Feb 10!

    Digital Submission Contests - due Feb 24:

    • Speech in Japanese 
    • Calligraphy 
    • Tanka - in Japanese and English
    • 4-Panel Manga 

    Optional - Lunch order

     Bento Box*  - $15

    *provided by Kyoto Sushi and Steak

    3 options - Grilled Teriyaki Chicken, Tonkatsu, or Vegetable Yakisoba

    All options include: salad, steamed rice, 4 pc tempura, 4 pc California roll

    Available to order in registration form


    or if audience member - 2024 Bento Box Lunch Order - Japanese Language Contest

    Schedule of Events

    Entertainment, Activities, Info

    • HAJAS Bazaar table
    • Entertainment - Three Trails Taiko, Tatsumaki Yosakoi Dancers, MSU Dance Team
    • Japanese games, calligraphy, origami
    • Info tables - JCCC, KU, Japanese Exchange & Teaching Program (JET), and more

    Registration End February 24, 2024

    Please review the above attached documents for more detailed information on individual events.

    Each participating contestant will receive a souvenir Japanese Language Contest T-shirt, a mascot sticker and entries for digital, online and in-person events.

    Some events are level specific - be sure to register for your level of Japanese.

    If you know of any other teachers or individual Japanese language students who might be interested in any of the contest events, please pass this information along to them. Or, if you let us know, we will add them to our mailing / email list.

    For more information or questions, please contact:


    Sponsored by:

    Consulate General of Japan at Chicago

    Johnson County Community College

    Heart of America Japan-America Society

    JET Alumni Association

    University of Kansas Center for East Asian Studies

    • Saturday, March 09, 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • JCCC - Regnier Center

    The 26th Annual Japanese Language Contest


    (JLC participants can order lunch while registering; audience members can pre-pay for their lunch here)

    • Bento Lunch Box

      from Kyoto Sushi & Steak

      $15.00 a box

      Choice between:

      A - Grilled Teriyaki Chicken

      B - Tonkatsu

      C- Vegetable Yakisoba 

      * All bento lunches include:   salad, steamed rice, 4 pc tempura, 4 pc California roll

      Pre-order and pay for your lunch by February 24th, 2024.

    • To purchase, please follow the "Register" link in the box on the left.

     Lunches will be picked up from a table near the doors in the Regnier Center (location of the Japanese Language Contest)

      • Saturday, April 27, 2024
      • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
      • Loose Park, KCMO

      Join us Saturday, April 27, 2024

      1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

      at Loose Park, KCMO

      (southwest corner of the park near the big cannon).

      Parking is at 55th Street & Summit.

      Bring your picnic lunch and something to share.

      Guests are welcome!

      (Please note: In case of rain, we'll try to reschedule.)

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