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

Have a Question or Request? Just Ask!

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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

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

We Stand With Japan



Japan has recently experienced flooding and mudslides, which has cause deaths, property destruction and displacement.  The Japan America Society of Houston (JASH) will be collecting donations through its Houston Stands With Japan fund as a reciprocal act of support after Japan sent contributions to Houston following Hurricane Harvey.  Please consider donating to this fund. 

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!

This Year's Spring Japan Update: Urban Farming and Gardening in Japan and the United States

The Japan American Society presented its spring Japan Update program featuring three expert speakers on urban agriculture. Professor Eiji Goto of Chiba University spoke about trends and technology in factory farming in Japan, highlighting the efficiencies and financial aspects of the the industry. St. Louis's own Mary Ostafi of Urban Harvest STL focused on the specific efforts and adaptations required for the urban farming in St. Louis and the broader social impact of this trend. And, Keving Erickson of Loyola University in Chicago presented an overview of the challenges and opportunities of urban agriculture, from small-scale community gardens to the latest advances in aqua- and aeroponics. See more photos

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