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The 2015 St. Louis – Ishinomaki Friendship Program

yukata show 2015From 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.

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Celebration of Japanese Culture at the Missouri History Museum

History Museum 5-17-2015 (4)

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

Both recent events of the Japan Update program on February 11 were tremendously successful and very well attended. Read more and see more.

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JAS welcomed the new year with a Shinnenkai party featuring traditional osechi ryori (New Year foods) and kagami-biraki, the breaking of the sake cask. Dave Lowry spoke about Japanese new year traditions and we ended with raffle drawings for fukubukuro prizes. Honored guests included friends from our corporate sponsors, Novus and Nidec, and the Consul General of Japan in Chicago sent his wishes to all for a good new year. We all had a great time and thank Sushi Sen restaurant for a delicious feast. Happy New Year to all!

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A Touch of Japanese Tradition, Winter 2014 Edition, Kimono is now available.