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.
Dr. Chikako Usui Receives Foreign Minister's Commendation
Dr. Chikako Usui received a Foreign Minister’s Commendation in 2016 and has been elected to the Board of the National Association of Japan America Societies for 2017-2019.
This is wonderful news for the Japan-America Society of St. Louis and reflects Dr. Usui's untiring work in the service of improving U.S.-Japan relations. The “man in the mirror” in photograph two is her husband Ric.
Congratulations to Chikako!!!
Missouri & Japan Business Partnerships
This years, standing room only, Fall Japan Update was hosted by our gracious corporate sponsor CSI Leasing Inc. The focus of the event was on Missouri and Japan Business Partnerships featuring three guest speakers, Congresswoman Ann Wagner, Mr. Peter Smith of Enterprise Holdings, Inc., and Mr. Ken Steinback of CSI Leasing. These speakers' different stories encouraged and inspired many different corporations in the room to continue business efforts with Japanese Businesses.
The Japan America Society would like to extend our gratitude to both CSI Leasing Inc. for hosting the event and to Chef De Art for catering an artful, delicious Sushi and Sake reception once again.
Japanese Festival 2017Thank you to all who attended the Japanese festival, this year we had the second highest record of attendance coming in at 39,764! It was special to us at JAS because it was a part of our 50-year anniversary Celebration!
This year our Tee Shirt booth featured multiple shirts including our 2017 Japanese Festival tee shirt with danchiku 暖竹(giant cane of Bamboo), the five virtues of Bushido and beautiful calligraphy for Flower.Urban Chestnut teamed up with Masumi Sake to make a perfect beer, Konomi 好み, for a hot summer day. This was our first year selling draught beer and it was a great success! It was so widely enjoyed that our last cup sold before 2PM on Monday. Thank you again Urban Chestnut for collaborating with Masumi Sake to make this tasty beer for the 50th Anniversary of the Japan America Society of St. Louis.
Thank you also to Dr. Chikako Usui for the wonderful standing-room only ikebana demonstrations.
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:
Have a Question or Request? Just Ask!
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.