Kado: The Way of Flowers - March 11
JAS partnered with Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis during their hosting of "Narcissus Garden", an installation artwork created by famous Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, to offer various programs aimed to engage attendees with various aspects of Japanese culture.
On March 11th, Dr. Chikako Usui gave the first presentation, “Kado, The Way of Flowers”, to a packed room of audience. Her lecture explored the historical development of ikebana, philosophical foundations and aesthetic principles of ikebana. Following her captivating lecture, she gave a demonstration of shoka styles of ikebana.
She then invited her students, Anne Brown and Mary Patterson, to make additional demonstrations of classical and more contemporary styles of ikebana. The audience enjoyed learning about ikebana, respect for life and life processes of plants, appreciation of natural beauty, and the demonstration of different styles of ikebana.
Geostrategies Webinar - February 9
JAS collaborated with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation host a webinar that discussed the implications for Japan and the US of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Dr. Phillip Lipscy and Dr. Kayo Takuma led the discussion and former US Senator Jim Talent moderated.
After some brief introductions, Dr. Lipscy began with a brief history of Japan's role in global institutions and the world based order and how their role has and continues to shift in recent times. Dr. Kayo Takuma followed with an overview of health governance on a global scale, how it has been affected by the pandemic, and issues with the current system. Afterwards, both Dr. Takuma and Dr. Lipscy answered questions submitted by attendees.
2023 Shinnenkai - Year of the Rabbit
To open our new year celebration, guest speaker Anna Crosslin, former lead of the International Institute of St. Louis, gave a brief speech about Asian heritage, followed by a few words from Consul General Tajima from the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago. Mrs. Crosslin and Hiro Sato of Prime Home Property Management performed the kagami biraki to start the festivities.
Sushi Sen served a wonderful meal, which included an assortment of sushi with tempura, and provided delicious sake throughout the afternoon. Attendees also had the chance to win some lucky gifts for the new year in our fukubukuro raffle, thank you to all who all who participated!
We were glad to celebrate the opening of this new year with you and we hope to see you at our future events!