First Annual Trivia Night a Big Success

June 17, 2017

Thank you to all of the 152 participants, many sponsors, and volunteers for making our first Trivia Night, at St. Louis College Prep, a great success! We had 19 tables of competitors, including five Premium Tables, who enjoyed Japanese bento, beer, and sake as well as beautiful ikebana centerpieces.

This was a trivia night with a Japanese twist, so participants enjoyed a jankenpon (rock-paper-scissors) minigame, several authentic Japanese auction items, a few Japan-themed questions and everyone's friendly company!

Thank you to Steve Mitori for emceeing the event and providing all the questions and to our sponsors Summit Distributing, Lohr Distributing, JACL, Jazz St. Louis, The Mosaic Project, Washington University's East Asian Languages and Cultures, Honorary Consul Stephen Knapp and Diana Knapp, Animeggroll, Better Life, and St. Louis Economic Development Partnership.

Congratulations to the table from The International Institute on their big win of the $500 cash prize. We hope to see everyone - and more - at next year's trivia event.

All photos courtesy of Tony Salini.

Partnership with St. Louis Art Museum Continues to be Fruitful

May 21, 2017

Following our successful partnership from last year, Japan America Society and the St. Louis Art Museum collaborated on the "Passport to Japan" Family Sunday program. Visitors to the museum enjoyed a hands-on origami workshop, several bon odori (including several with audience participation), taiko, and a lion dance. We look forward to bringing this program back next May.

All photos courtesy of Marc Vanacht and Chip Meyer.

Celebrating with the Missouri History Museum

May 7, 2017

Our Celebration of Japanese Culture was another successful partnership with the Missouri History Museum – our fifth! Despite the beautiful weather enticing everyone outside, many people came inside to learn about Japanese culture and traditions. We received compliments and thank-yous from appreciative attendees.

The Japan America Society of St. Louis thanks the Missouri History Museum and everyone who attended this event—performers, speakers, volunteer assistants, our JASWA friends, and our many guests. This was a wonderful experience of learning and celebrating and sharing the richness of Japanese heritage.

The JAS mission is to promote friendship and understanding between the people of Japan and the US. We support those who are learning Japanese arts as well as those with years of expertise. Thanks to a grant from Boeing, we can expand our mission of sharing culture and nurturing local talent.


All photos courtesy of Dan Lindsey and Tony Salini.

2017 Spring Japan Update Packed the House at NOVUS International

February 21, 2017

We had a packed house to hear three engaging speakers at our Spring Japan Update event hosted by our member, Novus International. Talks by Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, Carnegie Asia Program senior fellow James Schoff, and founder and managing director of The Yield Lab Thad Simons were followed by a wonderful sushi and sake reception provided by Chef de Art Catering. A big "Thank you!" to our speakers, to the sponsors - the National Association of Japan America Societies (NAJAS) and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, to everyone who attended, and to everyone who worked to bring this opportunity to St. Louis.


All photos courtesy of Marc Vanacht and Chip Meyer.

2017 Kicked Off with Shinnenkai for Year of the Rooster

January 30, 2017

The Japan America Society of St. Louis kicked off 2017 - its 50th Anniversary Year - with a wonderful Shinnenkai at Sushi Sen in Lake Saint Louis on January 22. A sold-out crowd heard guest speaker Dave Lowry  explain the concept of "ichi-go ichi-e" (一期一会 "one time, one meeting"), a Japanese idiom that describes a cultural concept of treasuring meetings with people as once in a lifetime occurrences.

And, once again, JAS was honored to host Consul General of Japan Toshiyuki Iwado as a featured speaker. Other highlights included the kagami-biraki (sake barrel opening ceremony), a raffle of fukubukuro bags, and of course Chef Ken's osechi ryori - Special New Year's Meal (and sake!).

All photos courtesy of Tony Salini


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