The 2015 St. Louis – Ishinomaki Friendship Program
From September 1 to September 9, JAS-St. Louis brought 8 Japanese participants to St. Louis as part of the Tomodachi St. Louis Ishinomaki Friendship Program. During their one week visit to St. Louis, our 8 Japanese visitors stayed with American host families and participated in the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Gardens (MBG). The program was a huge success, demonstrating the steady growth of friendship and cultural ties on the grass-roots level. Two of the host families were those who hosted in 2013. Another two host families are those whose sons went to Ishinomaki in 2014. We had great volunteers during every day of the program, including those who volunteered in 2013 and the students who went to Ishinomaki in 2014.
Click here to learn more about Ishinomaki and its recovery from the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami.
Celebration of Japanese Culture at the Missouri History Museum
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. JASSTL and JASWA shared Japanese culture at the Missouri History Museum with ikebana and tea ceremony demonstrations, kamishibai storytelling, kimono presentation, hina dolls and other cultural items displays. The audience was standing-room only at times and many attendees commented on how they enjoyed the interesting explanations during the demonstrations.
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Packed Houses for Two Japan Update Events