Event Calendar

Heart of America

Japan-America Society

April Hanami (Cherry Blossom Viewing) picnic at Loose Park


Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, March 05, 2019
    • Tuesday, April 30, 2019

     We Need Host Families!

    We are now extending applications for host families through April 30th. 

    The 2018 Kurashiki Youth Goodwill Delegation with Mr. Sly James, the Mayor of Kansas City Missouri

    We are looking for families to host high school students or a leader from Kurashiki, Japan (Kansas City’s sister city). You can help these delegates become fully immersed in the United States life by providing a home away from home. We have 2 week-long blocks available: July 27th-August 1st and August 1st - August 7th. You’ll also be a part of some fun group activities and have time to yourself!

    To volunteer, fill out an application here: 2019 Host Family Application.docx

    For more information, contact Haruko Shukla at haruko@shukla.us or 913-593-6135.

    • Sunday, April 28, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Independence Uptown Market

    Independence Sister City Committee is inviting HAJAS members to their annual Cherry Blossom festival on Sunday, April 28th.  For this year, the event will be held at a new location: the Independence Uptown Market.  The market is indoor/outdoor venue that features a large, sheltered outdoor market area in addition to a spacious indoor event area.

    For more information about the venue, please visit:

    For up-to-date information about the Festival, please visit: www.indepcherryblossomfest.com

    HAJAS will set up our own table and look forward to seeing you all.


    • Saturday, May 04, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 5200 Pennsylvania (Wornall), KCMO 64112 - at south end of Garden Center building