The Written Image: The Evolution of the Japanese Art & Calligraphy Collection in the Freer Gallery of Art
On October 4, 2021, the JASSTL in partnership with the Pulitzer Art Foundation hosted a presentation by Dr. Frank Feltens, Japan Foundation assistant curator of Japanese art at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Asian Art. Dr. Feltens presented and discussed amazing pieces of Japanese Art from the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art collection. After the event, the audience enjoyed sushi bento boxes with beer and sake.
This event is made possible by support from the Japan U.S. Friendship Commission and the National Association of Japan America Societies.
2021 Kishi Bashi Performance
On September 17, 2021, in community partnership with Japan America Society of St. Louis (JASSTL) and St. Louis JACL Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Kishi Bashi made his SLSO debut with a multimedia program including Improvisations on EO9066, a heart-rending musical exploration about the internment of innocent Japanese Americans during World War II.
Known for writing the score to the 2020 AppleTV+ show “Stillwater,” performing at large festivals such as SXSW, and collaborating with popular artists including Regina Spektor, Kishi Bashi brought life to the stage with his vibrant presence.
2021 Virtual Presentation - 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.
2021 Virtual Shinnenkai - Year of the Metal Ox
On January 17, we held a virtual Shinnenkai (New Year party) to welcome 2021 - The Year of the Metal Ox. We were delighted to be joined by Consul General Okada to offer well-wishes and offer a New Year kampai as JAS president Greg Gorman and his family performed the kagami biraki ritual breaking of the sake cask. And, JAS chairman Dr. Chikako Usui offered a wonderful and informative overview of Japanese New Year traditions. If you missed it and would like to see it, you can view it here on YouTube.