Event Calendar


Heart of America

Japan-America Society



May General Meeting

 

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, June 25, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Loose Park Garden Center
    The presenter: Former Kansas state senator Chris Steineger


    Introduction:

    Mr. Steineger and his wife, Ms. Shari Wilson, traveled to Japan in November and December, 2018. Although the primary reason for their visit was for Ms. Wilson to attend an environmental education conference in Yokohama, their travel extended to Naoshima Island, a tiny island about 150 miles west of Kyoto in the Seto Inland Sea, known as Japan's art island.

    Topic:

    Mr. Steineger will do a presentation about their ONE MONTH trip in Japan last Nov. - Dec.  He will focus more on contemporary art, specifically, Naoshima Art Island near Kurashiki. He will also share their meeting with Ms. Kaori Ito, the Mayor of Kurashiki, our sister city.


    Where is Naoshima?


    Yayoi Kusama’s famous and whimsical Pumpkin sculpture on Naoshima Island, Japan



    We look forward to seeing you all!


    • Sunday, July 07, 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

    Dr. Maribeth Graybill, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator Asian Art, Portland Art Museum in Oregon, will discuss works featured in Portland Art Museum's exhibition Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art. The event is free.

    For details, please visit: https://nelson-atkins.org/events/talk-meditative-stillness-exuberant-energy/


    • Monday, July 08, 2019
    • Sunday, July 28, 2019
    • Kurashiki, Japan

    Student Ambassadors leave for Japan.

    Wish them good luck!  Have a great trip!

    行ってらっしゃい!

    Image result for bon voyage


    • Saturday, July 13, 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.



    • Wednesday, July 24, 2019
    • Thursday, August 08, 2019
    • KC area

    The 2019 delegations representing the Sister City of KC - Kurashiki, were selected and are getting ready to visit KC during 7/24-8/8.  Please join some events open for fHAJAS members to meet the delegation on 8/1 and 8/7. 

    For details, see the event page or contact Haruko Shukla <haruko@shukla.us>.



    Front two rows: 2019 delegation and a leader

    Back row: 2018 delegation and a leader

    • Thursday, August 01, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center, 6200 Martway, Mission, KS 66202
    Register

    KURASHIKI STUDENT DELEGATION EXCHANGE DINNER

    Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019

    Time: 6:00 PM

    Location: Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center, 6200 Martway, Mission, KS 66202

    Cost: $10 per person (Kurashiki Delegation and Home Stay Families are free)

    You can pay on-line at kcjas.org or you can pay at the door. But, please register on-line so we know how much food to buy.

    Come and meet the Kurashiki students and enjoy their outstanding presentation.

    For details, please contact Haruko Shukla at haruko@shukla.us or text to 913-593-6135.

    • Saturday, August 03, 2019
    • 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Plaza Branch Library at 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64112

    Please come to see one of the World Cinema series sponsored by the Sister City Association of Kansas City.

    We have a Japanese movie -- Key of Life (Kagi Dorobo No Mesoddo, 鍵泥棒のメソッド) The admission is free.




    Key of Life           Original title: Kagi Dorobo No Mesoddo (鍵泥棒のメソッド)

    128 min│Comedy-Romance│2012 – JAPAN

    Story:

    A failed actor switches identities with a stranger at a bath house thinking it is his way out of his life of misery, only to find himself filling the shoes of an elite assassin.

    Director: Kenji Uchida - Language: Japanese with English subtitles

    Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIRl-ZAtI0M

     

    Hosted by the Kurashiki (JAPAN) Sister City Committee

     



     

    • Wednesday, August 07, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The Lemery Home, 8931 Cedar Drive, Prairie Village, KS 66207
    Register

    KURASHIKI STUDENT DELEGATION FAREWELL DINNER 

    Please join us at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 for the Kurashiki Student Delegation Farewell Dinner.

    Location is: The Lemery Home, 8931 Cedar Drive, Prairie Village, KS 66207 

    Cost per guest is $10. (Kurashiki delegation and host families are free.) You can register and pay online at kcjas.org. Or, you can register by sending an email to hoa.japanamericasociety@gmail.com and pay at the door.

    Come and help us wish our student visitors from Kurashiki a safe trip back to Japan.

                      

    • Friday, August 16, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Sunday, August 18, 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Booth TBD Swope Park near the 63rd St. entrance, Kansas City, MO 64132
    Come volunteer at the Japan booth at this year's Ethnic Enrichment Festival. We always have wonderful food to eat and Japanese items to buy! This three-day festival attracts people from all over the Midwest. Approximately 65 countries / cultures are represented throughout the weekend's festivities.


    For festival hours, location and more information, visit http://eeckc.org. Please direct any other questions to our society.


    • Saturday, September 07, 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, September 24, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Wornall, KCMO
    Come hear our 2019 student ambassadors talk about their trip to Kurashiki, Japan! There is no cost to this meeting. Friends and family are welcome to attend.

    (Left to right: Kaz Brandt, Emily McAllister, and Michael Kim)

    More info about our program can be found on our website. 

    • Saturday, October 05, 2019
    • Johnson County Community College-Overland Park, KS

    Click here for all the information you need!

    We will see you there!

    • Saturday, October 12, 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, October 22, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Wornall, KCMO

    Presenter:

    Dr. Eleanor Lim-Midyett

    Topic: TBD
    • 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
    Register

    ANNUAL MEETING AND POTLUCK DINNER


    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.

    POTLUCK INFORMATION

    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 

    ELECTION OF 2020 HAJAS OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    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.  

    MINI BAZAAR

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

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