Photograph by Masanori Okuda
The 2015 St. Louis – Ishinomaki Friendship Program
From September 1 to September 9, JAS-St. Louis will again bring 8 Japanese to St. Louis as part of the Tomodachi St. Louis Ishinomaki Friendship Program. The Japanese visitors include six students ages 13-18 and two adults who have assisted the recovery efforts of Ishinomaki as volunteers. During their one week visit to St. Louis, the Japanese visitors will stay with American host families and participate in the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Gardens (MBG) over the Labor Day weekend holiday. 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