We had a marvelous time at the 2019 Greater Kansas City Japan Festival in Kansas City on Saturaday. Many people attended our Shikoku pilgrimage lecture. The festival had an eclectic schedule involving performances, vendors, food, and events. There were sumo wrestling and your favorite anime characters. Click on the image for a larger view.
Lest We Forget is a photographic exhibition of holocaust survivors at the National World War I Memorial in Kansas City. This is the work of the German-Italian photographer and filmmaker Luigi Toscano. He took portraits of almost 400 Holocaust survivors in the United States, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, Israel, Belarus, Austria, and the Netherlands. 70 are presented here on large semi-tranparent panels. The exhibition runs until October 8th. Click on the image for a larger view.
Naomi and I will be speaking at this year’s Kansas City Japan Festival. We will be giving a one-hour presentation on our experience of the 88 Sacred Places of Shikoku Pilgrimage, a 700-mile walking pilgrimage around the island of Shikoku in Japan. Our presentation is at 1 pm in the recital hall, but events are planned for the entire day.
The festival is on October 5th at the Johnson County Community College and sponsored by the Heart of America Japan-America Society. More can be found on the festival website.
View from a flight from Kansas City to Chicago. The last frame shows Lake Michigan while the plane is banking. Click on the image for a larger view.