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!

Now Hiring: JASSTL Assistant Program Manager

The Japan America Society of St. Louis (JASSTL) is looking for a responsible, temporary (6 to 12 months) Assistant Program Manager to work with the Program Manager and the Society’s leadership (president and other officers) in fulfilling the organization's mission and executing our recent strategic three-year plan. Your work will be critical in ensuring the Society builds institutional capacity for long-term growth and stability. Our ideal candidate is a leader with a strong organizational mindset adept at managing volunteers, solving problems, and meeting deadlines.

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May 7 - A Celebration of Japanese Culture at the MO History Museum

The year 2017 is the 50th Anniversary of the Japan America Society of St. Louis and JAS will bring special performances, including 茶の湯 Chanoyu (tea Ceremony), 生け花 Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement), 三味線(Shamisen music), 着物ショーkimono show, 紙芝居 Kamishibai (Japanese Storytelling), 邦楽 (Japanese Traditional Music), 落語Rakugo, and 禅 Zen. It also exhibits お雛様 Japanese dolls and more! Light refreshments will be served.

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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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