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!
Local and Virtual Events Across the Country
Explore Japan's Coffee Culture: Join Arigato Travel to learn about kissaten, the classic coffee houses of Japan. Lauren Shannon will be hosting a one hour live stream from Tokyo on Monday, October 3rd 8:00PM (CT) discussing how kissaten are different from the cafes and coffee shops today, as well as how they serve as inspiration for Japan's coffee culture in general. Event is supported by Japan America Society-Dallas and Arigato Travel.
Pathways to Opening Business With Japan in 2023: Global Chamber-Texas, in collaboration with the Japan America Society-Dallas, is hosting an online event on Wednesday, October 12, 6:00PM-7:00PM (CT) that will be discussing the experience of American companies doing business in Japan during COVID and post-COVID environments. This event is supported by the Japan America Society-Dallas and the Global Chamber.
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 EventsJAS 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:
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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