Event Calendar

Heart of America

Japan-America Society

John Lytton

2021 HAJAS President            

2021 - The Year of Cow


Upcoming events

    • Thursday, October 21, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
    • Zoom webinar

    Join us for a free virtual talk with Dakin Hart, Senior Curator of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum. Presented in collaboration with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Japan-United States Friendship Commission and National Association of Japan America Societies, “Isamu Noguchi: Transnational Icon” will focus on the Noguchi Museum, which holds the world’s largest and most extensive collection of Isamu Noguchi’s sculptures, drawings, models, and designs.

    Register for the webinar through the Nelson-Atkins website:



    Dakin Hart asserts that hybridity was the hallmark of Noguchi's life and work. Biracial, he set out to make himself a one-world human culture bridge, a term his great friend the futurist R. Buckminster Fuller might have used. The extraordinary thing about Noguchi's perspective—which is how he described his artistic practice, believing more in society than art and not at all in style—is its openness. Though frequently pigeonholed as a cultural ambassador between Japan and the United States, he didn't believe he belonged to either, and when it came to selecting his own mentors, to some extent representing East and West, he chose to apprentice with the Chinese painter Qi Baishi in Beijing, and Constantin Brancusi, a Romanian folk artist, in Paris. Noguchi's conception of East and West was not of polar opposites, but rather complementary, world-circling bands that at least in him continuously overlapped.

    • Tuesday, October 26, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Our October General Meeting (Zoom) will welcome Takuya Inoue and  presenters from the Naka-Kon Japanese Cultural Education Association to share the insight of Naka-Kon.  They will present how they are educating Japanese POP culture to the general public.

    Title: Inside the Journey of Naka-Kon

    Naka-Kon is a Japanese pop culture and anime convention that started as a small event organized by the University of Kansas Anime Club in 2005.

    It has grown to a 3 day convention bringing in approximately 10,000 people. The convention invites artists, musicians, voice actors , fashion designers, and anime industry experts from Japan and the US. Programming consists of panel presentations, workshops, a vendor and artist exhibit hall, game room, concerts, dances, cafes contests, fashion show, and cosplay.

    About Presenters: Naka-Kon Japanese Cultural Education Association (Naka-Kon) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Naka-Kon's mission is to celebrate and educate the general public on all aspects of Japanese pop culture, such as anime, manga, music, fashion, and Japan's rich traditions and history. Naka-Kon is committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation and identity, disability, physical appearance, body size, religion, or demographic.

    The registration is required to participate in this event.  The Zoom information will be sent upon the completion of the registration.  The registration link will be sent to all members by Nichibei Express.

    • Tuesday, November 16, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    This will be an online General Meeting.

    The details will be posted as soon as available.

    The registration is required to participate in this event.  The Zoom information will be sent upon the completion of the registration.  The registration link will be sent to all members as soon as it is available.

    • Sunday, December 12, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Xmas illumination in Tokyo

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