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!

Upcoming events

Virtual Events Across the Country

"A Bridge Builder" The Life of Ezra F. Vogel: The Japan Foundation has released a documentary film series, "Giants of Japanese Studies: The Lives of Donald Keene & Dr. Ezra F. Vogel". These documentaries follow the achievements of Dr. Ezra F. Vogel and Dr. Donald Keene in the field of Japanese Studies. Both short films are available to watch now on the Japan Foundation's official YouTube channel. Supported by the Japan Foundation.

Tuesday, June 21st, 10PM-12AM (CT)

Takashi Harada - The Ondes Martenot - Special Video Event: Piano Spheres is presenting an online collaboration between Takashi Harada, Ondes Martenot player from Japan, Mark Robson, concert pianist from Los Angeles, and Kojiri Umezaki, an American shakuhachi player with the Silk Road Ensemble. They will be performing music from French composer Olivier Messiaen and Japanese composer Shin’ichiro Ikebe, their own and original compositions, as well as improvisations. This event can be viewed at Piano Spheres website and on their YouTube channel after the initial airing. This event is supported through the Japan Foundation and the Performing Arts Japan Program.

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

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare

Coronavirus Data in Real Time

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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