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. See what we have to offer, and consider joining today!

Annual Events

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:

  • January - New Year’s Celebration (Shinnenkai)
  • February/March - Spring Japan Update
  • May – Japanese Cultural presentations at the Missouri History Museum and St. Louis Art Museum
  • June – Trivia Fundraiser
  • August/September - Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • September - Fund-raising golf tournament
  • September/October – Fall Japan Update
  • November - Annual Dinner/General Meeting
  • December - JAS Night at the Ballet: The Nutcracker

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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.

Upcoming Events

Fall Update: Japanese Investment in St. Louis Through the Lens of Panasonic and Hussmann

The Japan America Society presented its Fall Japan Update program on Japanese Investment in St. Louis. Takeo "Sean" Fujino of Panasonic and Tim Figge of Hussmann Corporation spoke about the commonalities between their corporate cultures and philosophies which made their companies a good fit. The program, hosted at Hussmann, was a resounding success, as was the sushi & sake reception that followed.

See more photos here

Update from George Arbanas, Participant in 2014 St. Louis-Ishinomaki Friendship Program


George Arbanas was 15 when he participated in the 2014 St. Louis-Ishinomaki Friendship Program. Read his update here

Photographs Courtesy of Hiroshi Abe

Congratulations to Dr. Chikako Usui on her Connector of the Year Award

"There is a 'before Chikako, and after Chikako' when it comes to the JAS."

The Japan America Society's Chairman (and former president for 10 years) was recognized this year by the Asian American Chamber of  Commerce in St. Louis (AACC) for the Connector of the Year Award. Each year, the AACC has a connection dinner to reflect on the accomplishments of the Asian community in St Louis. We are very proud to have Dr. Usui to work with the Japan America Society and also the larger Japanese community in St. Louis.  Congratulations Dr. Chikako Usui!

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