Event Calendar

Heart of America

Japan-America Society


Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, October 23, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Wornall, KCMO
    Our October general meeting will feature Hiroko Keightley, a long time HAJAS member, making a presentation on "Sushi Making".

    Presenter Bio:

    HIroko Keightley was born in Amakusa Island, Kumamoto(Kyushu), Japan at her mother's family home.  Her parents moved to Osaka when she was 2 years old and she calls Osaka is her home town.  Before coming to the U.S., she was a tour conductor, specialized in European tours. 

    She got married in Los Angels and moved to Kansas City area where her husband is from in 1993. They have 2 children and including  2 step- daughters, they have 9 grandchildren. Hiroko is a Japanese/English interpreter and a substitute teacher at Raytown School district. She served as a PTA President at Raytown South High School for 2 terms and served as PTA board member for many years even after her children were no longer in school.

    Hiroko recalls they had so many guests came to her house growing up. She always watched her mother cooking and serving the guests since she was 5 or 6 years old. The youngest of 3 daughters, Hiroko spent the most time with her mom in the kitchen. She loves to watch people enjoying her cooking and that makes her really happy.

    Winter is her favorite time of the season(for food only!), because she can enjoy many different type of "Nabe-pot dish".



    • Saturday, November 10, 2018
    • 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 27, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Wornall, KCMO

    Potluck and Elections - More details to come.

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