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!

Thank you for a great Annual Dinner!

Thank you to everyone who made our Annual Dinner a success on Wednesday, November 17: attendees, donors, members, volunteers, venue, and our vendors.

The event was SOLD OUT and we had great participation with the silent auction. Dinner was delicious, and the atmosphere - Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park - was beautiful. Thank you to all who attended and all who bid in the auction! We honored Heidi Hamamura for her entrepreneurial spirit in creating the Red Lantern Market and for her (and her father Hama-san's) support of JASSTL - Chef De Art Catering provided our bento. We appreciate Nidec and Anime St. Louis for sponsoring tables, and Urban Chestnut Brewing Company for providing the beer and hops water!

Virtual Japanese Events around the Country

December 7: Japan's Digital Transformation: Opportunities and Challenges offered by the Japan Society of Northern California

This program is presented by the Japan Society of Northern California in cooperation with the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

One of the-Prime Minister Suga’s first actions upon assuming office in 2020 was to announce the goal of complete digitalization of government by 2025. A year later his successor Yasuo Kishida likewise made the digital transformation of Japan a priority of his new administration. In February 2021, the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan and McKinsey partnered to create a groundbreaking report, drawing on the experience of American companies, that identifies “Big Moves” Japan can pursue to achieve its DX goals. Japan Digital Agenda 2030 calls for actions to promote digital transformation in a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, retail financial services, healthcare and government services.

For more information and registration, please click here.


December 15: Architecture as Environment: A Conversation with Kengo Kuma and Toshiko Mori offered by the Japan Society

Explore the contemporary relationships between the built and natural environments with Kengo Kuma, one of the most astute architects of our time, and critically acclaimed scholar and practitioner Toshiko Mori. The Japanese architectural scene is known globally as one of the most robust, dynamic and expressive platforms in the world for practitioners and enthusiasts alike, offering vast diversity and ingenuity grounded in centuries-old craftsmanship and a unique symbiosis with nature. This webinar addresses seismic shifts in our sense of community and relationship to nature as the Japanese architectural landscape transforms to embrace the synergy created through a trans-disciplinary approach to environment. The fourth event in our five-part Living Traditions webinar series.

For more information and registration, please click here.


Get to Know Kanagawa: Virtual Series

Located just south of Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture is known for its breathtaking locales, from the grand Buddhist temples of Kamakura to the quaint hot spring town of Hakone. At this exclusive online series, join the Japan Society of Boston for a live sake webinar, a virtual exhibition of Kamakura-bori woodcrafts, a pop-up shop featuring delicious Kanagawa specialties, essays introducing the region, and more! For more information click here.


In Case You Missed It...

The Written Image: The Evolution of the Japanese Art & Calligraphy Collection in the Freer Gallery of Art

On October 2, Dr. Frank Feltens, The Japan Foundation Assistant Curator of Japanese Art at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Asian Art, spoke about the origins, development, and growth of the Freer Gallery’s collection of Japanese art from its genesis by Charles Lang Freer to how the Gallery is expanding it today following Freer’s vision. The event is made possible by support from the Japan U.S. Friendship Commission and the National Association of Japan America Societies. The full presentation, originally hosted by The Pulitzer Arts Foundation, is available here.

Overview of Matsuri with Dr. Chikako Usui

Dr. Chikako Usui, Chairman of the JAS, gave a virtual presentation on matsuri (festivals) in Japan for the Missouri Historical Society. Her talk explored sights, cuisine, music, and atmosphere of these celebrations.


Home: Japanese Americans in St. Louis

On June 8, our own Dr. Chikako Usui, chairman of the Japan America Society of St. Louis and associate professor of sociology at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, presented an overview of Japanese Americans’ settlement in the St. Louis area over Zoom. This presentation was in collaboration with the Missouri Historical Society. This presentation will explore how they built their lives and homes here and how they’ve enriched the city’s culture. This program is a part of the Missouri Historical Society's 2021 Missouri Bicentennial programming, commemorating 200 years of Missouri history.

If you missed it and would like to see it, you can view it here on YouTube.


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 Pevely Farms and Fall Japan Update
  • November - Annual Dinner/General Meeting
  • December - JAS Night at the Ballet: The Nutcracker

Recent News from JAS

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

https://stljapanweb.wixsite.com/stljapansociety

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

https://www.mofa.go.jp/

Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/

Coronavirus Data in Real Time

https://coronavirus.1point3acres.com/en

Coronavirus Symptom Chart

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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.

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