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Heart of America

Japan-America Society

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, August 22, 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Wednesday, October 04, 2023
    • 11:30 PM
    • Johnson County Community College

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Greater Kansas City Japan Festival 2023

    Oct 7, 2023 8:00 am - 7:00 PM

    [Volunteer sign ups will close at 11:59pm on Wednesday, October 4th]

    Each year the festival needs hundreds of volunteers to help put on our annual Japan Festival. Your service helps to showcase Japanese culture here in the Kansas City area as well as a great way to meet people who share your love of all things Japanese!

    In exchange for free entry to the festival (a $20 value), we require:

    • you sign up for at least one volunteer shift ( most shifts are around 3 hours) 
    • attend a short, online Zoom training meeting to go over basic volunteer essentials either Sunday, Oct 1 or Monday Oct 2 (link will be sent to the email you sign up with)
    • volunteers under 16 years old must sign up with an adult

    Use the links below to review the open volunteer opportunities and available shifts (we use Sign Up Genius):


    Food Court


    Welcoming Guests

    Workshops and Cultural Presentations

    Japanese Cultural Village

    Set Up and Tear Down

    General Volunteer Pool

    If you wish to sign up without using the online system or you have any questions or comments, contact:

    Pegeen Blank, Volunteer Coordinator

    • Saturday, October 07, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Johnson County Community College

    Greater Kansas city

    Japan Festival 

    2023 Theme:  Kabuki

    10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, October 7, 2023 | Johnson County Community College 

    Adults $20; Student (HS or college with ID) $15; Children (6-13) $10; Children (under 6) free but ticket required.
    Save $5 on each ticket purchased by October 6 by entering the discount code KABUKI when you purchase your tickets.


    The festival is spread across multiple campus buildings: Midwest Trust Center, Regnier Center, Office and Classroom Building, Commons Building, Student Center

    Kabuki artistThe Japan Festival is a one-day event held annually at Johnson County Community College, dedicated to educating and entertaining the Greater Kansas City metro area through an introduction to Japanese culture.

    The Festival showcases the traditional culture, pop culture, food, and art of Japan, along with the vision, technology, and hopes for the future shared by the people of Japan and the people of the Kansas City area. It features Japanese musical performances, traditional Japanese foods, a Japanese candy artist, Japanese snacks and sweets, a Bazaar shopping extravaganza, exhibits Japanese cultural village for kids, martial arts, anime & manga, workshops, demonstrations, cultural presentations, and more.

    We have some exciting changes to the festival this year!

    Festival events will be spread out across several buildings on the JCCC campus:

    • Food has moved to the Commons building (COM), next to and inside of the JCCC food court
    • Japan-related booths including Oriental Supermarket are now in the Capitol Federal conference room in the Regnier Center (RC)
    • Information tables are spread throughout the festival (see maps once you get to campus)
    • Wristband pickup will be available at Box Office locations in
      • Midwest Trust Center (MTC)
      • Student Center (SC)
      • Regnier Center (RC)
      • outside the CoLab in the Office and Classroom Building (OCB)
    • Festival maps will be available on campus the day of the festival

    We strongly recommend that you purchase your tickets before October 7 so all you need to do when you get to campus is show your ticket and pick up your wristband.

    To save $5 on each ticket you purchase, enter the code KABUKI at checkout!

    If you purchase tickets the day of the festival, you'll have two locations to purchase: The Box Office in the MTC lobby and the Box Office Satellite in the Student Center.

    If you purchase your tickets before the festival, please check in at one of the wristband pickup locations when you arrive at the festival to get your ticket scanned and receive your wristband.

    The festival is presented by the Heart of America Japan-America Society. Since 1962, the Heart of America Japan-America Society (HAJAS) has made it our mission “To further the understanding between the peoples of Japan and the Greater Kansas City area by promoting social, cultural and educational exchanges.”

    • Saturday, October 14, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO. 64112

    The HAJAS Garden Committee meets monthly 10 am - noon at the Japanese Garden located next to the Loose Park Garden Center.  

    For more information:

    • Tuesday, October 24, 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Avenue, Prairie Village, KS 66207

    Check back in a couple of months for updates!

    In-person at Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse or Zoom online

    (Zoom link in October)

    • Tuesday, November 14, 2023
    • 6:45 PM - 8:15 PM
    • Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave, Prairie Village, KS 66207

    Tuesday, Nov 14th @ 7 pm

    Annual HAJAS



    Business Meeting

    Our 2022 Potluck and Annual Business Meeting will be Tuesday, November 14 , at 7 p.m. (gather at 6:45pm) at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse.

    Potluck Dinner

    We'll continue our cherished tradition of sharing a meal together followed by the meeting.

    Meat, drinks, plates, etc will be provided.

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

    • A - E Breads
    • F - M Potatoes/ Rice / Pasta / Casserole, etc
    • N - S Salads & Vegetables
    • T - Z Desserts

    If you'd like to sign up and let us know what you're bringing that would be nice:

    2023 Annual Business Meeting 




    All are invited to the potluck and business meeting where we will review the past year.  At the end of the meeting, current HAJAS members will vote for the 2024 officers and board members.

    If you are unsure of your membership status and would like to vote, please email us at:  

    • Saturday, March 09, 2024
    • Johnson County Community College

    26th Annual Heartland

    Japanese Language Contest

    March 9, 2024

    Johnson County Community College

    Check out:  Winners of Winners of the 2025 Heartland Japanese Language Contest

    More information to follow in the coming months

    If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please sign up:

    2024 JLC Interest List

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