A Celebration of Japanese Culture and a Passport to Japan
On Sunday, May 5, JAS presented our annual “mini Japanese festival” for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. A good-luck lion dance by St. Louis Osuwa Taiko opened the program, then we focused on the “way of” meditative arts of ikebana flower arranging (kadō), brush calligraphy (shodō), and tea ceremony (chadō). A kimono show followed, then Zen meditation practice, kamishibai story-telling, and rakugo “sit-down” comedy. This year attracted the largest audience ever!
Also, JAS partnered with the St. Louis Art Museum on Sunday, May 19, to hold their annual Passport to Japan Family Sunday program. St. Louis Osuwa Taiko attracted a crowd, then the St. Louis Bon Odori group welcomed all to join in the bon dances. All ages enjoyed making origami.
Our thanks to the participants and volunteers, with special thanks to the Missouri History Museum and the St. Louis Art Museum for their continued support.
photo credit to Ash Webelhuth and Linda Austin
2019 Spring Japan Update: Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation in Japan & the United States
On Monday, February 25, JAS presented its Spring Japan Update program. Greg Gorman started the event by offering welcoming remarks. Guests were engrossed during the presentations while they sipped on their beverages donated by the local Urban Chesnut Brewing Company. The topic of business cultivation from a global to a local perspective captured the guests, as they asked several questions during the Q&A session following the panels. Mr. Kota Ura (Senior Consultant for Information Services International-Dentsu) started the panel by speaking about the Japanese side of business incubation in the United States. He was followed by Lia Camargo (Japan Desk Associate at Cambridge Innovation Center) who had the unique position of collaborating between Japan and the United States to garner new entrepreneurships for both countries. Dan Lauer (Founding Executive Director of UMSL Accelerate) brought the scope of our topic to a local level with business incubation here in St. Louis. Around 65 people attended this event and enjoyed a sake and sushi reception catered by Naomi Hamamura of Chef De Art Catering. The program and reception were graciously hosted by Cortex Innovation Center and funding was provided generously by NAJAS.