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!

Save the Date: January 22, 2023 for Our Annual Shinnenkai


To celebrate the new year, JASSTL will be holding our annual Shinnenkai at Sushi Sen in Lake St. Louis! Time and details of the event will be available at a later date. 



Local and Virtual Events Across the Country

Beauty in Enormous Bleakness: The Design Legacy of the Interned Generation of Japanese Americans:  From January 17th - July 9th 2023, the John M. Olin library, located on Washington University's campus, will be hosting an exhibit that will explore architecture's relationship to issues of immigration, exclusion and cultural identity in 20th-century America. This exhibit will focus on Japanese American designers & architects that were forced to stay in internment camps during the second world war and their exceptional works in a post war culture. For more information, visit the Washington University exhibitions page.

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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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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