The Japan America Society of St. Louis (JAS) serves as the major source of Japan-related information and cultural experiences in the St. Louis Metropolitan Community.
Dr. Chikako Usui Receives Foreign Minister's Commendation
Dr. Chikako Usui received a Foreign Minister’s Commendation in 2016 and has been elected to the Board of the National Association of Japan America Societies for 2017-2019.
This is wonderful news for the Japan-America Society of St. Louis and reflects Dr. Usui's untiring work in the service of improving U.S.-Japan relations. The “man in the mirror” in photograph two is her husband Ric.
Congratulations to Chikako!!!
A Successful Annual Dinner to Celebrate 50 years of the Society
Our 50th anniversary Annual Dinner was our most successful fundraising dinner yet. We sold out our capacity quickly thanks to corporate table sponsorships by CSI Leasing, Nidec, and Novus and the tremendous support of our general members.
Seventy-four people gathered to enjoy a huge spread of Japanese dishes and sushi and to meet and enjoy one another’s company. The event was a great success filled with many surprises. Mayor Lyda Krewson proclaimed November 7th, 2017, as “Dr. Chikako Usui Day” in St. Louis in honor of her retirement as president of the Japan America Society of St. Louis for the past 10 years. Dr. Usui was also surprised by many wonderful gifts presented to her. She said she “will use her new vases at the ikebana demonstration at our festival next year.”
We also presented a generous donation to the St. Louis Japanese Language School, a Friendship Award to Ms. Hiromi Ishida for her dedication and support of the St. Louis Ishinomaki Friendship Program of the previous four years, and a Distinguished Service Award to retiring president Dr. Usui for her incredible achievements of the past 10 years..
To draw a successful evening to a close, we held our annual live auction. Several generous donors provided a varied array of 20 items, including Japanese sake, traditional Japanese lacquerware and other
crafts, sports memorabilia, event tickets, high-end electronics, small-batch local food, and fashion articles. The centerpiece of the auction was a one-of-a-kind, hand-embroidered, silk uchikake (formal wedding kimono).
Thank you to everyone who helped make our 50th Anniversary a very memorable year!
Missouri & Japan Business Partnerships
This years, standing room only, Fall Japan Update was hosted by our gracious corporate sponsor CSI Leasing Inc. The focus of the event was on Missouri and Japan Business Partnerships featuring three guest speakers, Congresswoman Ann Wagner, Mr. Peter Smith of Enterprise Holdings, Inc., and Mr. Ken Steinback of CSI Leasing. These speakers' different stories encouraged and inspired many different corporations in the room to continue business efforts with Japanese Businesses.
The Japan America Society would like to extend our gratitude to both CSI Leasing Inc. for hosting the event and to Chef De Art for catering an artful, delicious Sushi and Sake reception once again.
JAS offers nine annual programs each calendar year. They are scheduled throughout the year, and include a range of events from business/economic forums, cultural events, and social programs:
Have a Question or Request? Just Ask!
JAS receives and answers about 150 inquiries about Japan in a given year, as well as requests for lectures, authentic cultural activities, and programs from local libraries, schools, and other organizations.
We are happy to respond to requests and answer your questions as soon as we can.