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!

Information on COVID-19

During these uncertain times, we want to work closely with the Japanese Consulate in Chicago, and Honorary Consuls in St. Louis and the Midwest to coordinate efforts and disseminate information.

Below are links to resources containing up-to-date information about COVID-19, some in Japanese language.

St. Louis Japan Society's page on COVID-19

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare

Coronavirus Data in Real Time

Coronavirus Symptom Chart

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Recent News from JAS

Annual Events

JAS offers at least 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 - Japan Currents - Global Impact of Anime & Manga, JAS Night at the Ballet 'Could This Be Love'
  • April - Sake & Sakura at Missouri Botanical Gardens, JAS Night at the Ballet 'Swan Lake', and Japanese Cultural Events- STL Community College at Forest Park
  • May – Passport to Japan at the St. Louis Art Museum and Celebration of Japanese Culture at Missouri History Museum
  • June – Trivia Night Fundraiser
  • September - Japanese Festival at Missouri Botanical Gardens
  • October – Fund Raising Gold Outing at Peverly Farms and 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.

Virtual Japanese Events around the Country

As we all adjust to the "new normal" of COVID-19, many JAS chapters across the country are offering events accessible virtually. See below for ways to connect with Japan.

The Japan Society of Boston is hosting an online program in collaboration with Ogawa Coffee on Thursday, June 25th at 4pm CST. They are connecting baristas both from Ogawa Boston and their head store in Kyoto for a demonstration on how to brew the perfect cup of coffee at home while learning about Ogawa's history and their passion in connecting communities all around the world. Please see more details here:

Thursday, June 25, at 6pm CST, view a free screening of Born With It (2015; Japanese with English subtitles), which follows 9-year-old Ghanian-Japanese boy Keisuke on his first day of school in a small Japanese town as he is forced to prove to his new classmates that his dark skin is not a disease. The screening will be followed by a discussion on the critical issues raised in the film with award-winning writer-director Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Jr. and Japan-based author and anti-racism activist Baye McNeil. Cultural anthropologist Dr. Mitzi Uehara Carter will moderate. The film will be cast to the Japan Society's YouTube Channel, here:

Ikebana 2020 Workshop Schedule

Regular Workshop: $20 Members, $25 Non-members

Sundays 1:30pm-3:00pm

Mondays 6:30-8:00pm

Tatehana Workshop: $30 Members, $40 Non-members

Sundays 1:30pm-3:00pm

Mondays 6:30-8:00pm

To register for a date below, please click here.


5, 6  Ikebana (Hatsuike-Shoka shofutai)

13  Ikebana (Tatehana)

26, 27  Ikebana (Free style)


2, 3  Ikebana (Shoka)

9, 10  Ikebana (Free style for Valentine's        Day)


1, 2  Ikebana (Shoka)

8, 9  Ikebana (Free style) 

15, 16  Ikebana (Tatehana)


12, 13 Ikebana (Free style)

19, 20  Practice for Missouri History Museum Ikebana Exhibition


2  Missouri History Museum event (Ikebana demonstration & display)

3,4  Ikebana (Shoka)


28, 29  Ikebana (Free style)


12, 13  Ikebana (Shoka)

19, 20  Ikebana (Free style)


9, 10  Ikebana (Free style)

16, 17 Ikebana (Tatehana)


5-7  Japanese Festival (Ikebana Demonstration & Exhibition)

13, 14  Ikebana (Shoka)

20, 21  Ikebana (Free style)


4, 5  Ikebana (Shoka)

11, 12  Ikebana (Free style)

18, 19  Ikebana (Tatehana)


1, 2  Ikebana (Shoka)

15, 16  Ikebana (Holiday arrangement)


6, 7  Ikebana (Tatehana)

13, 14  Ikebana (Holiday arrangement)

20, 21  Ikebana (Holiday arrangement)

27, 28  Ikebana (Holiday arrangement)

Japan Currents - Global Impact of Anime & Manga

Our Japan Currents event, held on February 20th, 2020, was a great success! The panel and reception were held in the unique Moonrise Hotel on the Delmar Loop inside the beautiful rooftop Twilight Room. Our theme of the Global Impact of Anime & Manga was a deviation from our usual panels and it was met with a positive response from the community. Our audience was engaged and responsive to our speakers, whose presentations ranged from Japanese folklore and yokai, to Miyazaki Hayao, and the voice acting industry. This event also saw a much larger turnout of many new JAS attendees and a younger audience overall. 

To see more photos, click here.

2020 Shinnenkai Celebration -Year of the Rat

The Japan America Society of St. Louis kicked off 2020 with a great Shinnenkai at Sushi Sen Restaurant in Lake Saint Louis on January 12. A sold-out crowd enjoyed watching the New Year’s ceremony of kagami-biraki (sake barrel opening ceremony) and heard guest speaker Beth Eckelkamp share her experience growing up in Sapporo, Hokkaido and the custom of Omisoka (December 31) and the New Year.  Other highlights included entertaining auction of kadomatsu (flower arrangement for the new year), a raffle of fukubukuro bags, and Chef Kenji Nonaka's course meal including osechi ryori (Special New Year's Meal and sake)!

To see more photos, click here.

2019 Annual Dinner & Meeting

The JAS Annual Dinner held on November 6 was another great success thanks to our members, guests, and a new venue, Third Degree Glass Factory. Around 100 people mingled and celebrated inside a unique venue that offered a glass gallery and cash bar. A silent auction featured generous donations of antiques, sake, event tickets, and various gift packages. 

See photos and full article here.

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