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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