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Student Ambassador Program

Be a part of this amazing program! Applications for the 2023 Student Ambassador Program are now being accepted. Click here for more information on details and requirements, including the online application. All applications and accompanying documents must be postmarked by February 18, 2023. Students will be in Kurashiki in mid- to late July 2023.

Please email any questions you have about the program to

Congratulations to Aidan Joyce and Nigel Barrett, who were selected to be the 2020 Student Ambassadors to Kurashiki! Unfortunately, Aiden and Nigel were not able to go to Kurashiki because the Student Ambassador program was canceled for 2020-2022 due to the COVID pandemic.  

About Our Program

Since 1974, the Heart of America Japan-America Society and the city of Kansas City, Missouri have engaged in a Sister City Program with the beautiful city of Kurashiki, Japan. Since 1981, our members have helped sponsor almost 80 American high school and first-year college students in a summer home-stay program in Kurashiki. These “Student Ambassadors” have studied the Japanese language and are well qualified to represent the Japan-America Society.

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