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.

Upcoming Events

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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!

JAS Trivia Night Saturday, June 17

Join us for a fun-filled evening to challenge your knowledge while enjoying Japanese beer and sake. Only one question per round will be Japan-related, so no need to fear if you are not a Japan-ophile.

We’ll have something for everyone, including prizes and auction items. Round up 8 friends to register for a table – discount rate if the registrar is a JAS member.

Upgrade to a Premium table and receive a Japanese bento dinner for each person, Japanese beer, sake, a take-home ikebana centerpiece, and 10 mulligans (must register by June 9). Doors open at 6pm, questions start at 7pm. We’ll be at St. Louis College Prep, 1224 Grattan St., St. Louis MO 63104.

Click here to register and find out more.

Harmony for Peace Foundation Presents 2017 Peace Concert at Powell Hall

The concert will feature Gohei Nishikawa (piano) Wataru Niimori (jazz piano), Paris Arin (piano, 2016 Jr. Peace & Music Ambassador), Art Holliday of “KSDK 5 On Your Side”, and Royce Martin (piano). Additionally, the St. Louis Concert Choir, STL Rising Generation Youth Chorus, Town & Country Symphony Orchestra, The SIUE Suzuki Violin Tour Group, and others will join the concert as performers.

Tickets for the concert are now available and at the Powell Hall Box Office at 314-534-1700, $35–$80 with Group, Student, and Senior discounts available. For additional information at: +1.484.200.7400

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!!!

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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