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.

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For anyone interested in Japan, the Japan America Society of St. Louis is the indispensible organization.

Becoming a member of the Japan America Society of St. Louis has many benefits. See what we have to offer, and consider joining today!

Successful Shinnenkai to start off 2018

The Japan America Society of St. Louis began the new year with a wonderful Shinnenkai at Sushi Sen in Lake Saint Louis on January 21. This year's Shinnenkai was well-attended, including Deputy Consul General of Japan from Chicago, Kenji Tanaka, and three full tables of our corporate members Nidec, Novus, and CSI. Once again, our attendees had the pleasure of hearing the insights of guest speaker Dave Lowry, an expert on Japanese culture. This year, Dave spoke of the concepts of omote, or "surface-level meaning," and ura, or "deep meaning." He explained this in the context of some interesting unpublicized (ura) Shinto practices concerning the emperor, as well as practices concerning the coming and unprecedented abdication, as Emperor Akihito will "retire" oApril 30 and Crown Prince Naruhito will become the new emperor. Read more

New Leadership Team Well- Positioned to Continue Success of JAS

With the New Year, a new leadership team is assuming responsibility for the Japan America Society of St. Louis as Dr. Chikako Usui steps down after 10 years leading a period of tremendous growth of the JAS. Read more about the future of JAS

St. Louis Ishinomaki Friendship Program Fulfilling the "TOMODACHI" Mission

Two former participants in the St. Louis-Ishinomaki Friendship Program are planning trips back to Japan in the coming year, continuing to fulfill the mission of the Program and the Japan America Society. Under the program, 11 American students in all traveled to Ishinomaki, Japan; visited areas devastated by the 2011 tsunami; participated in home-stays; experienced Japan and its culture; made many friends; and brought their experience back to St. Louis with them. Now, two of those students are deepening their Japan connection with their own trips back to Ishinomaki. Read more about their upcoming adventures to Japan.



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 (Shinnenakai)
  • 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

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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.


   
  
 

 
  



   
 
  
 

"Japan America Society of St. Louis" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
University of Missouri - St. Louis
366 SSB
1 University Boulevard
St. Louis MO 63121-4400

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