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.

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For anyone interested in Japan, the Japan America Society of St. Louis is the indispensible organization.

Becoming a member of the Japan America Society of St. Louis has many benefits. See what we have to offer, and consider joining today!

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!!!


First-Ever JAS Trivia Night Was a Big Success

Thank you to all of the 152 participants, many sponsors, and volunteers for making our first Trivia Night, at St. Louis College Prep, a great success! We had 19 tables of competitors, including five Premium Tables, who enjoyed Japanese bento, beer, and sake as well as beautiful ikebana centerpieces.

This was a trivia night with a Japanese twist, so participants enjoyed a jankenpon (rock-paper-scissors) minigame, several authentic Japanese auction items, a few Japan-themed questions and everyone's friendly company!

Thank you to Steve Mitori for emceeing the event and providing all the questions and to our sponsors Summit Distributing, Lohr Distributing, JACL, Jazz St. Louis, The Mosaic Project, Washington University's East Asian Languages and Cultures, Honorary Consul Stephen Knapp and Diana Knapp, Animeggroll, and Better Life.

Congratulations to the table from The International Institute on their big win of the $500 cash prize. We hope to see everyone - and more - at next year's trivia event.


Annual Events

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:

  • January - New Year’s Celebration (Shinnenakai)
  • February/March - Japan Update
  • May – Japanese Cultural presentations at the Missouri History Museum
  • August/September – St. Louis Ishinomaki Friendship Program
  • August/September - Japanese festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • September - Fund-raising golf tournament
  • September/October – Shibusawa-Arai Japanese Studies Lecture
  • November - Annual Dinner/General Meeting
  • December - JAS Night at the Ballet: The Nutcracker

Have a Question or Request? Just Ask!

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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.


   
  
 
   


   
 
 

 

"Japan America Society of St. Louis" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
University of Missouri - St. Louis
366 SSB
1 University Boulevard
St. Louis MO 63121-4400

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