Heart of America Japan-America Society

2018 Greater Kansas City Japan Festival

The Japan Festival is presented by the Heart of America Japan-America Society.  The Japan Festival showcases the traditional and 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. Approximately 4,100 people attended in 2017.  Each year the Japan Festival offers approximately 220 opportunities for persons to become more than an attendee and receive a number of benefits by being a volunteer.  The benefits include:

  • A complimentary entry ticket - if you serve a 3 or 4 hour shift OR a combination of shifts equal to 3 hours
  • Education experience - learn Japanese greetings, traditions, etc.
  • Meet new friends
  • A new community service credential
  • Making a contribution!!

Thank you for volunteering ! 

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Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Location Time (CDT) Available Slot
10/01/2018 (Mon.) Johnson County Community College  1:00pm - 4:00pm  

Decorations Set-Up - Monday (5)

You will assist in the installation of the decorations prior to the event.

 
All slots filled
Sabree White
Bernadette Freeman
Selah Eigsti
Chloe Eigsti
Martin Joyce
10/03/2018 (Wed.) Johnson County Community College  9:00am - 1:00pm  

Wednesday Set Up (5)

You can be among those that see all that is involved in putting together all of the items used during the Festival. You will need strength to assemble and lift the Torii gate.

 
3 of 5 slots filled
Masami Willis
Jordyn Johnson
Cindy Forsberg
Wed or Thurs?
10/05/2018 (Fri.) Johnson County Community College  9:30am - 5:00pm  

Friday Set Up (10)

You can be among those that see all that is involved in putting together all of the items used during the Festival.

 
8 of 10 slots filled
Laurel Beekman
Yuki Ochi
I can work from 1 to 5pm
Selah Eigsti
I will be there 10am to 3pm
Nobuyuki Tsuchiya
Bianca Cucurella
Charisma Cucurella
Tung Chau
I have class until 11am so can i come at 1pm?
Dacia Lewis
10/06/2018 (Sat.) Carlsen Center Lobby  9:00am - 12:00pm  

Volunteer Desk Assistant (2)

You will greet volunteers as they arrive at the Festival, provide them a wristband, and assure they know their correct assignment to serve.

 
All slots filled
Ruby Arriaza
Ana Smith
Thank you!!!
Carlsen Center or Regnier Center   9:00am - 12:00pm  

Entrance Greeter (4)

You will be at the main entrances of either the Carlsen Center or the Regnier Center to greet people in Japanese, if you are comfortable to do this. We can teach you a few phrases but otherwise any greeting is fine.

 
All slots filled
Brendan Allen
Chris Hwang
Lizeth Lopez
Monica C

Information Booth Assistant (4)

From one of two locations in the Carlsen Center or one location in the Regnier Center you will answer questions, give directions (we will have a map for you to use) and to distribute Festival booklets.

 
All slots filled
Murle Mordy
Atsuko Myers
I would like to working with my husband Dean Myers.
Dean Myers
I would like to working with my wife Atsuko Myers.
Jan Kennedy (Springer)

Standby Assistant (3)

You will be on standby to help where needed at the time you designate and for an assignment you approve. You will report to the Volunteer Information Desk for assignment.

 
All slots filled
Irene Vila
Ok 9am -12pm
Divya B
Irene Gatimi

Ticket Sales (4)

From a location the Carlsen Center or Regnier Center you assist those selling tickets and distribution of wrist bands.  Requires familiarity with use of an I-pad. Individuals will be required to attend a one-hour training session on Thursday, Oct 4th.

 
All slots filled
Ryan May
Daniel Lee
Rich Santos
9-10:30
Jessica Hernandez
Carlsen Center, Room 332  9:00am - 12:00pm  

Standby Assistant (3)

You will be on standby to help where needed at the time you designate and for an assignment you approve. You will report to the Volunteer Information Desk for assignment.

 
All slots filled
Canon Lindgren
Ready for orders
Monica C
Available from 11-noon for an hr
Geoff Gould

Video Gaming Assistant (2)

You will answer questions, keep consoles running and controllers charged, change games, encourage player change over, and keep the room organized and tidy. The first and last shifts will assist in setting up and taking down the equipment.

 
All slots filled
Carol-Ann Gibbs
Michael Cu
Regnier Center Rm 270 (Cube Room)  9:00am - 12:30pm  

Exhibit Hall Assistant (2)

Exhibitors are vendors mostly displaying Japanese related items. You will welcome guests to the exhibit area and answer questions.

 
All slots filled
Carmen Toledo (2)
My husband and I
Bazaar  9:30am - 1:00pm  

Bazaar Sales Assistant (14)

The Bazaar offers Japanese crafts, kimono, yukata, happi coats, kokeshi dolls, games, books, and more. Each sales assistant is present to answer questions and sell items including payment transactions. Must be high school age or older.

 
All slots filled
Hiroko Keightley
Ann Estrada (2)
David Birk and I will help
Christopher Elliott
Early shift is ok
Meghan Donaldson
Mizuki McGregor
Ceri Anne Lewis
Whichever shift needed
Irene Vila
OK,
Sachie Stroder (3)
signed up by Hiroko B. for Sachi/Miyako/Katsuko san
Nick Hwang
Mayu Nakanishi
I’m an exchange student from Japan at KU
Ayaka Hoshito
I’m an exchange student of Japanese from KU
Carlsen Center or Regnier Building  9:30am - 1:00pm  

Standby Assistant (3)

You will be on standby to help where needed at the time you designate and for an assignment you approve. You will report to the Volunteer Information Desk for assignment.

 
All slots filled
Jennifer Marsh (3)
Ted Marsh & Alex Marsh
Carlsen Center, 1st Floor  9:30am - 1:00pm  

Japanese Cultural Village (5)

Experience the real Japan with photos taken with Kimonos or Samurai Armor, purchase of Japanese handicraft items, and more. As a volunteer you would help selling and organizing the items and activities underway. Japanese speaking volunteers preferred.

 
All slots filled
Rachel Fakih
Elementary Japanese II student
Jarrett Souders
Elementary JPN 2 Student
Karen Marsh
I am a 16yo Japanese exchange student. I will bring my own kimono
Tate Miner
Covering for Rachel Fakih
Kaori Dye
Native Japanese speaker
Carlsen Center  10:00am - 1:00pm  

T-Shirt Sales Assistant (2)

You will assist in the sale of t-shirts. You should be a member of the Heart of America Japan-America Society, but this is not required.

 
All slots filled
Masami Willis
Karen Conklin
I am a healthy 80-year-old, but standing for hours on end can be difficult for me
Performing Arts Stages  10:00am - 1:00pm  

Back Stage Assistant (2)

Duties include assisting performers with costume changes, setting up and clearing the stage, supervising youth, moving drums, assisting with unloading and loading vehicles and helping to ensure a smooth performance program.

 
All slots filled
Ben Bolin
amira naji

Performing Arts CD Desk (2)

You will greet assist the performing artists who are offering CD's by staffing the desk offering CD while they are performing. No sales transactions are involved.

 
All slots filled
Chaeyoon Eom
Sydney Brown
Food Court  10:30am - 1:30pm  

Food Court Clean up (2)

The food area features vendors serving primarily Japanese food. As a person responsible for clean-up, you will help to keep the tables and surrounding area very clean, and collect the used menus to recycle.

 
All slots filled
Alan Swarts
Angie Rawalt

Food Court Greeter (2)

The food area features vendors serving primarily Japanese food. As a greeter you welcome customers with warm smiles, and helping customers including handing out menus, directing customers into the dining area, keeping customer lines neat and efficient.

 
All slots filled
Carol Coombs (2)
Allen Coombs will be there also

Food Court Line Organizer (4)

You will direct customers to the desired vendor line outside or inside the Food Court Entrance.

 
3 of 4 slots filled
Donovan Mason
Veronica Clark
Rich Santos
10:30-12
Carlsen Center, Room 338  11:00am - 12:00pm  

Japanese Conversation Workshop (2)

As an assistant you will greet attendees as they arrive, count the number of attendees, assist the presenter during the workshop or presentation and, assist in cleaning the room following the workshop or presentation.

 
All slots filled
Dee Freeman
Daniel Jarman
Carlsen Center, Room 211  11:00am - 2:00pm  

Japanese Candy Artist: Miyuki Sugimori (2)

As an assistant you will take orders for candy items created by the candy artist and collect monies for orders. You may also be checking for wristbands at the door to verify only paid attendees are admitted.

 
All slots filled
Yan Lang
Justin Mooney
Carlsen Center 212   11:30am - 12:30pm  

Japan Studies Association Lecture:

As an assistant you will greet attendees as they arrive, count the number of attendees, assist the presenter during the workshop or presentation and, assist in cleaning the room following the workshop or presentation. 

 
Russ Amos
Carlsen Center Room 224  11:30am - 12:30pm  

Japanese Garden Design

As an assistant you will greet attendees as they arrive, count the number of attendees, assist the presenter during the workshop or presentation and, assist in cleaning the room following the workshop or presentation.

 
Kaye Thompson
Carlsen Center, Room 126A  11:30am - 12:30pm  

Lecture: Laughter in Japan - Dr. Elaine Gerbert

As an assistant you will greet attendees as they arrive, count the number of attendees, assist the presenter during the workshop or presentation and, assist in cleaning the room following the workshop or presentation. 

 
Spencer Wentland
Conversational in Japanese
Carlsen Center, Recital Hall  11:50am - 12:50pm  

Japan Study Lecture: Significance of Insects in Japanese Culture

As an assistant you will greet attendees as they arrive, count the number of attendees, assist the presenter during the workshop or presentation and, assist in cleaning the room following the workshop or presentation. 

 
Ellen Mohr
Carlsen Center, Room 352  12:00pm - 1:00pm  

Origami: Unfolding the Basics (2)

As an assistant you will greet attendees as they arrive, count the number of attendees, assist the presenter during the workshop or presentation and, assist in cleaning the room following the workshop or presentation.

 
All slots filled
Michaela Blank
Eric Wolff
I’ve been folding origami for over 10 years now. I’m also lookingFor add to meet other who fold
Polsky Theatre  12:00pm - 1:00pm  

Tea Ceremony (2)

As an assistant you will greet attendees as they arrive, count the number of attendees, assist the presenter during the workshop or presentation and, assist in cleaning the room following the workshop or presentation. 

 
All slots filled
Rishab Jampana
Cindy Forsberg
Polsky
Regnier Center, Room 175  12:00pm - 1:00pm  

Calligraphy Workshop (4)

As an assistant you will greet attendees as they arrive, count the number of attendees, assist the presenter during the workshop and, assist in cleaning the room following the workshop.

 
All slots filled
Mari Nomura
I like Japanese calligraphy!!
Nozomi Redding
Elizabeth Huttman
Sam Bunner
Carlsen Center Lobby  12:00pm - 3:00pm  

Volunteer Desk Assistant (2)

You will greet volunteers as they arrive at the Festival, provide them a wristband, and assure they know their correct assignment to serve.

 
All slots filled