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Although the picnic on 4/11 was cancelled due to the fear of Coronavirus, you can enjoy beautiful Cherry Blossoms at the Loose park .  There are two types of Cherry Trees, the one called "Somei Yoshino" (Yohino Cherry, with slightly pink, almost white, 5-petaled blossoms), and the other called "Yae Zakura" (the late-blooming pink colored Cherry Blossoms with more than five petals).

Patty Woods, enjoying a view of Yoshino Cherry in the Early April.

Yae Zakura (八重桜)at Loose Park by Hideko Schackmann


Upcoming events

    • Friday, August 14, 2020
    • 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Sunday, August 16, 2020
    • 6:00 PM (CDT)
    • Swope Park near the 63rd St. entrance, Kansas City, MO 64132


    • Tuesday, August 25, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)

    Meet and Greet with Kurashiki

    Although the 2020 Kurashiki Youth Goodwill Delegation program was cancelled,

    we will meet and greet with the representatives of the Kurashiki City International Division at our August online meeting.  They are the ones behind for planning and sending students from Kurashiki and also receiving our students ambassadors from Kansas City every year.  They will introduce themselves and talk about the Kurashiki City.

    The Zoom invitation will be sent on the date of the General Meeting.

    Kurashiki International Affairs Division team

    • Tuesday, September 22, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)

    Presenter/Topic: TBD

    • Saturday, October 03, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Johnson County Community College-Overland Park, KS

    To our faithful attendees and participants,

    With all of the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus situation, we regretfully have made the decision to cancel the Saturday, October 3, 2020, Greater Kansas City Japan Festival.

    As you know, planning and executing the GKCJF festival starts in the first and second quarter of every year as we begin the process of developing promotional material, begin fundraising, starting to contact performers, vendors, etc. Logistically we are not able to virtually plan nor coordinate a worthy festival very effectively.

    In addition, with the uncertainty about what the situation will be in October, we decided it would not be appropriate to rush these coordination and planning activities.

    There are many vendors who rely on the festival for exposure and income, as well as a sleuth of volunteers (students and adults alike) who look forward to participating in the festival affected by this decision. We are truly sorry for any disappointment this decision has brought.

    The good news is that our planning partners at Johnson County Community College have allowed us a confirmed date for the 2021 festival. That date has been set for Saturday, October 2, 2021. Stay tuned and watch for information about our 2021 on our website in early 2021.

    We will you all well and please do your best to stay healthy and take care of yourself and others.


    The Committee for the Greater Kansas City Japan Festival


    • Tuesday, October 27, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Wornall, KCMO

    Presenter: Dr. Doug Hudson, Kansas City Art Institute


    Mini appreciation course for lovers of traditional Japanese culture

    What we need to know to connect with younger members

    For questions, please contact Tracie Whiting Kipper at


    • Saturday, November 07, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
    • 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 17, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
    • Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Wornall, KCMO


    Our 2020 Annual Meeting, Potluck Dinner and 2021 Board Elections will be Tuesday, November 17, at 7 p.m. in the Loose Park Garden Center.


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

    A-E Desserts

    F-M  Bread

    N-S  Potatoes / rice / pasta / casseroles, etc.

    T-Z  Salads & vegetables 


    Japan-America Society members will vote on the 2021 Officers and Board at our Annual Meeting on November 17. Thank you to Chairperson and the Nominating Committee for bringing together the excellent slate of candidates. 

    Only current HAJAS members can vote for board members. If you are unsure of your membership status, please email us at: hoa.japanamericansociety@gmail.com.  


    Please bring your or checkbook or credit cards as a mini bazaar will be open for your holiday shopping needs!