CHERRY BLOSSOM KITE AND PIÑATA FESTIVAL – Saturday, April 4
This event is cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.
Bring the whole family to celebrate spring and culture at the Springfield Botanical Gardens. From 11am-3pm, enjoy free authentic Japanese and Mexican activities and performances; bring your own kite to fly or purchase a kite kit to build and decorate for $5. Take advantage of free admission to the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden until 7pm.
ISESAKI STUDENT TRIP TO SPRINGFIELD – Saturday-Monday, May 3-June 1
HOSTING OPPORTUNITIES – Saturday and Sunday, May 30 and 31
This trip is cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.
More than 100 Isesaki high school students visit Springfield each year to attend the Global Leadership Academy at Missouri State University. It is always a highlight of their trip to spend a day with Springfield citizens. If you’re interested in showing a student or two a typical day in Springfield, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You do not need knowledge of the Japanese language – just an open heart and reliable transportation.
ANNUAL CELEBRATION – Date to Be Determined
Join us for food, drinks and fun as we celebrate our members, past accomplishments and upcoming goals. We are still determining details, so please watch for more information!
ISESAKI STUDENT TRIP TO SPRINGFIELD – Monday-Wednesday, August 3-12
HOSTING OPPORTUNITY – Sunday, August 9
Nearly 100 Isesaki junior high school students visit Springfield each year to participate in a culture exchange at Missouri State University. It is always a highlight of their trip to spend a day with Springfield citizens. If you’re interested in showing a student or two a typical day in Springfield, please contact email@example.com for more information. You do not need knowledge of the Japanese language – just an open heart and reliable transportation.
25TH JAPANESE FALL FESTIVAL – Friday-Sunday, September 11-13
Enjoy authentic Japanese culture through music, stage performances, demonstrations, cosplay, arts and crafts and bonsai displays. In addition, we always look forward to welcoming a delegation of visitors from our sister city of Isesaki, Japan. We are working on some special performances in honor of our 25th year so please watch for more information to come!
LANCASTER STATION TRIP TO ISESAKI – Late September
Every year we send a Springfield performance group to entertain at various events in Isesaki including Isesaki’s main city festival. This year, we are excited to send the local band Lancaster Station! We’ll host several fundraising events throughout the year to help send them on their way, so please watch for more information to come!
TASTE OF TLAQUEPAQUE – Friday, October 9
Deemed “the most fun fundraising event I’ve ever attended” by one of the event goers last year, this soiree promises a true taste of the flavor and music from our Mexican sister city. Mark the date on your calendars now for this one-of-a-kind event.
GARDENS AGLOW – Late November-Early January
Take a stroll through the serene Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden decorated with more than 75,000 festive lights while joyful music fills the air.
CITIZENS TRIPS TO MEXICO – January 30-February 5, 2021 -OR- February 6-13, 2021
Travel to Mexico and experience culture through friendship, immersion and art. Stay in a boutique hotel in Springfield’s sister city of Tlaquepaque and sightsee around the area. The second trip includes a visit to a monarch butterfly overwintering site.