A Touch of Japanese Tradition

Greetings,

We are pleased to present our new e-Newsletter, A TOUCH OF JAPANESE TRADITION. We hope this newsletter will serve as a forum for many individuals, groups, and organizations on issues relating to Japan or US-Japan relations.  We hope this e-Newsletter will help connect us with new friends and groups with interests in Japan.  This inaugural edition features articles about Chanoyu (Tea Ceremony). We look forward to receiving your contributions to our next edition of A Touch of Japanese Tradition.  We also welcome your comments and suggestions about programs and events. 

The year 2012 marks the 45th Anniversary of the Japan America Society of St. Louis.  It is also the 100th anniversary of the gift of cherry blossom trees from the people of Japan to the people of the U.S. Planted in Washington, D.C. in 1912, these cherry blossom trees have become a symbol of the friendship between Japan and the U.S. for the past century.  Here in St. Louis, many individuals, groups, and organizations have given long years of service to the community introducing and promoting all forms of traditional Japanese culture, including ikebana (flower arrangement), kimono, calligraphy, dance, chanoyu (tea ceremony), Japanese language, taiko, music, origami, and more.  They have made the annual Japanese festival one of the oldest and largest Japanese festivals in North America.

One of the challenges we face today is how we pass all the treasures to the next generation. We think the key is continuing what our predecessors and senpai have been doing: public education and outreach through bulletins, lectures, demonstrations, exhibitions, films, and other community events.  Please join our organizations and share the joy of Japanese traditions.

Best Wishes,

Chikako Usui, President
Japan America Society of St. Louis
Dolores Krapfl, President
Japan America Society Women’s Association
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