Event Calendar

Heart of America

Japan-America Society



 

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, July 07, 2018
    • Saturday, July 28, 2018
    • Tivoli Cinemas-4050 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64111
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    SISTER CITIES WORLD CINEMA SERIES 2018

    PRESENTED BY THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEES OF THE SISTER CITY ASSOCIATION OF KANSAS CITY, MO

    Xi’an (CHINA), Yan’an (CHINA), Kurashiki (JAPAN), 

    Morelia (MEXICO), and Tainan (TAIWAN)

    TIVOLI CINEMAS

    4050 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO 64111

    (816) 561-5222

    SHOW DATES:  July 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th.

    RECOMMENDED FOR PERSONS 18 YEARS OR OLDER-ALL FILMS FEATURE ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    ADMISSION: $8.00 / PERSON - PASSES TO THE FOUR FILMS: $28.00 - (PAY ONLINE AHEAD OF TIME OR WITH CASH ONLY AT THE DOOR)  

    The public is encouraged to participate in the post-film discussions conducted by scholars and/or experts on the country’s culture, history, and subject matter. 

    DOORS OPEN AT 10:00 A.M.

    FILMS START AT 10:30 A.M

    Films

    Saturday, July 7: Jump Ashin!

    130 min │ Drama │ 2011 – TAIWAN

    Director: Yu-Hsien Lin - Language: Mandarin with English subtitles

    Ashin has spent his entire life training for the national team in gymnastics. His mother believes his work will amount to nothing and asks his high school coach to take him off the team. Ashin then quits the sport entirely. He quickly falls in with wrong crowd and finds himself in a lot of trouble. Ashin leaves his small hometown of Yilan. Will he ever get back to the sport that he loves?

    Saturday, July 14: Paths of the Soul (Original title: Kang Rinpoche)

    115 min │ Docu-drama │ 2015 – CHINA

    Director: Zhang Yang - Language: Tibetan with English subtitles

    Docu-drama follows the journey of a group of Tibetans on a pilgrimage to Lasa, the holy capital of Tibet. The journey covers 1,200 km on foot, in a continuous repetition of prostrating one's self on the ground. Over 10 months, we see the simplicity of human relationships and the nature of family, suffering, and resolve.

    Saturday, July 21: The Grand Promise (Original title: La Gran Promesa)

    120 minutes | Drama | 2017 – MEXICO

    Director: Jorge Ramírez Suárez - Language: Spanish with English subtitles

    A young man must—as a last resort—kidnap his own newborn daughter to prevent her custody from falling into the wrong hands. Outrunning the authorities, he sacrifices his citizenship and career by retreating to Europe after leaving his child in the care of his close friends in Mexico. Decades later, he must find a way home—whatever the cost. 

    Saturday, July 28: Still Walking (Original title: Aruitemo, Aruitemo)

    114 minutes | Drama | 2008 – JAPAN

    Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda - Language: Japanese with English subtitles

    The Yokoyama family come together every year to commemorate the death of the eldest son, Junpei, who drowned accidentally 15 years ago while saving the life of another boy. His father Kyohei, a retired doctor, and mother Toshiko are joined by their surviving son Ryota, who has recently married a widow with a young son, and their daughter Chinami, her husband and their children. The family experience nostalgia, humor, sadness and tension as memories are shared and ceremonies performed. 


    • Sunday, July 29, 2018
    • 11:30 AM
    • KC Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, 1400 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64105
    SPECIAL SCREENING OF A MOVIE ABOUT THE MARCH 11, 2011, GREAT EASTERN EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI -- SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2018 AT 11:30 AM

    Title : Life Goes On 

    Screening Date: Sunday, July 29th at 11:30 am - One time screening ONLY

    Location: KC Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, 1400 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64105

    Ticket Cost: $8

    Summary: Seven years on from the March 11, 2011, Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, what is life like in the affected prefectures? How do people who have suffered and lost so much carry on? And what does that say about the resilience of the human spirit in the wake of disaster?

    This film follows the lives of several survivors of the Triple Disasters of 3.11.11 in Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures and gives us a window into their daily efforts to keep meaning in their lives and find ways to create something positive out of an overwhelmingly destructive experience.

    Half the proceeds go towards the cost of production for the film and the other half will go to a local charity to continue relief efforts.

    Links: 
    Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/225870534806756/ 

    To purchase tickets go to: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/user/getcode/3512490


    • Thursday, August 02, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center, 6200 Martway, Mission, KS 66202
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    KURASHIKI STUDENT DELEGATION EXCHANGE DINNER

    Date: Thursday, August 2, 2018 

    Time: 6:30 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.

    • Wednesday, August 08, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The Lemery Home, 8931 Cedar Drive, Prairie Village, KS 66207
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    KURASHIKI STUDENT DELEGATION FAREWELL DINNER 

    Please join us at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, August 8, 2018 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.

                      

    • Saturday, September 08, 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, September 25, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Wornall, KCMO
    Come hear our 2018 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 06, 2018
    • Johnson County Community College-Overland Park, KS

    More details to come!

    • Saturday, October 13, 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, October 23, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Wornall, KCMO

    Topic to be decided.

    • 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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