Friends of JASSTL

UMSL International Studies and Programs

UMSL International Studies and Programs works to enhance the St. Louis region’s cultural life and economic development by providing international experiences for UMSL students, and assisting international students during their time studying abroad.

St. Louis Osuwa Taiko

St. Louis Osuwa Taiko fosters Japanese-American cultural exchange through the study and performance of taiko, the art of Japanese ensemble drumming.

St. Louis Japanese Language School

The St. Louis Japanese Language School is an institution sponsored by the Japanese Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Education, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis, and the Japan America Society of St. Louis to offer Japanese curriculum to Japanese children living in St. Louis, and offer Japanese classes to American students.  Hosted at Webster University, classes are held every Saturday.

St. Louis-Suwa Sister Cities Committee

The St. Louis-Suwa Sister Cities Committee facilitates both cultural  exchange and business communications between St. Louis and the city of Suwa in Japan.

Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) – St. Louis Chapter

The St. Louis Chapter of the JACL promotes cultural, educational and social values and preserves the heritage and legacy of the Japanese American community.

JAS Affiliates

Japan America Society Women’s Association (JASWA)

JASWA provides friendship and cultural exchange for women of any heritage who want to learn and share about Japan and its rich traditions by hosting monthly events and supporting local school programs.

More Info: Click Here

Japan America Society Young Men’s Association (Seinenkai)

SEINEN KAI (Young People’s Committee) of the Japan America Society of St. Louis brings Americans, Japanese Nationals, and Japanese Americans together to foster intercultural exchange and fellowship. The group hosts a variety of generation-appropriate activities and programs that provide much-needed professional and social resources to its members.

For more info, contact Steve Masaki at

Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical GardenJapanese Activities Committee (JAC)

Held in conjunction with the Japanese Activities Committee, the Japanese Festival is held annually at the Missouri Botanical Gardens to celebrate the people, history, and culture of Japan.

For more info, click here or contact Dave Lowry at

Governmental Affiliates

National Association of Japan America Societies (NAJAS)

NAJAS strengthens cooperation and understanding between the peoples of Japan and the United States by providing programs, services, and information to and facilitating cooperation among its member societies throughout North America.

Consulate General of Japan at Chicago

The Consulate General of Japan at Chicago represents the Japanese government and provides travel services and cultural information about Japan to non-Japanese residents in 10 Midwestern states including Missouri.

JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) at Chicago

JETRO works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world.

Related Links

A Culture Within a Culture: Voices of Women of Japanese Heritage in St. Louis

J-Simple Recipes

The Japan House at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The Japan Times

Asahi Shimbun

Japanese Language Program in Washington University-Saint Louis