Events

Japanese Fall Festival | Friday-Sunday, September 6-8
Thousands of people join us every year as we celebrate Japanese culture in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden. Enjoy authentic activities and performances in a beautiful setting. Springfield host families are needed to provide friendship and accommodations to the visiting artists from Isesaki, and volunteers are needed to assist with tasks throughout the event. Please contact us if you’re interested!

Cultural Traditions: Kimono Seminar | Saturday, July 27 from 10:30am-11:30am
Christian County Library’s Ozark Branch, 1005 N. 4th Ave., Ozark, MO
Our Isesaki, Japan liaison Mika Logan will lead a seminar discussing the art and history of the kimono and will demonstrate kimono dressing. 

Springfield Student Trip to Isesaki | Late June-Early July
Open to all high school aged students, this trip offers area teenagers the experience of a lifetime in an immersive, safe, and structured environment. Registration for this trip has closed, but please contact us if you’re interested in a future trip.

Isesaki Student Trip to Springfield | Late July-Early August
Hosting Opportunity | Saturday, August 4
Large groups of students from Isesaki visit Springfield each year. The students spend much of their time learning at Missouri State University, but Springfield citizens are needed to host daytime activities on the weekends. Please contact elispecialprograms@missouristate.edu if you’re interested in showing a student or two around Springfield from 8:30am-4:30pm.

Springfield Performance Group Trip to Isesaki | Second Week of August
Every year we send a Springfield performance group to entertain at various events in Isesaki including Isesaki’s Summer Festival. We are thrilled to send The Shandies this year; if you would like to recommend a performance group to make a future trip, please contact us.

Taste of Tlaquepaque | Friday, October 11
Back again by popular demand, this lively event celebrates Mexican culture and cuisine. Enjoy live music straight from Tlaquepaque and delicious, authentic food and décor.

Citizen Trip to Isesaki | Late October-Early November
Travelers are welcomed by the City as honored guests, are immersed in Japanese culture through home stays with Isesaki families, and enjoy exclusive sightseeing opportunities. Spots are still available on this trip; please contact us if you are interested!

 

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