February 17th: Tradition and Innovation in Beer & Sake
Katsuhiko Miyasaka of Miyasaka Brewing joins Timothy Sullivan of Urban Sake and Adam McBrady of Urban Chestnut for a discussion of beer and sake, followed by sake tasting and a sushi reception. Advance registration with payment required. Click here to register online!
The 2015 JAS Annual Dinner
With 64 members and friends in attendance, the JAS hosted a lively Annual Dinner at Wasabi in Warson Woods. Peter Kelley, President of the National Association of Japan America Societies, gave a wonderful speech, praising JAS-STL and its efforts. We had the chance to hear from three participants from the Ishinomaki Program, with presentations from a volunteer, a 2014 program participant and a member of one of the 2015 program’s host families. Bruce Buckland, Honorary Consul General of Japan in St. Louis and Vice Chairman of the JAS-STL, was presented with the Service Award for his past and ongoing contributions to Japanese-American relations. After another successful Annual Golf Tournament, the JAS presented the St. Louis Japanese Language School with a check for $3,300, bringing total donations to the Language School up to more than $54,000 since 1998. Thank you to everyone who attended and we look forward to hosting next year’s Annual Dinner! See photos here.
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.
See photos here.