NAJAS/Tomodachi Grassroots Exchange Program

March 8, 2013
Dear Members and Friends:

Japan America Society of St. Louis has been awarded a grant from the NAJAS/Tomodachi Grassroots Exchange Program for 2013 and 2014.  The goal of this grant is to invest in the next generation of Japanese and American people and deepen relations between the two countries through grassroots level people to people exchanges.  Our program, St. Louis/Ishinomaki Friendship Program, will bring eleven Japanese to St. Louis for one week from August 28 to September 4, 2013.  Ishinomaki is one of the most affected areas of Tohoku from the March 11 Earthquake/Tsunami in 2011.  During their one week visit to St. Louis, Japanese visitors will stay with American host families and participate in the Japanesee Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden.  In 2014 we plan to take a group of young Americans from St. Louis to Japan, including a visit to Ishinomaki and Suwa (St. Louis’ Sister City).

The Japanese visitors include five students (age 12 to 15).  We are seeking eight host families for seven nights.  We think this is a great opportunity for American families to participate in the U.S.-Japan exchange program. Please spread the word about the St. Louis/Ishinomaki Friendship Program along with the enclosed Letter and Host Application Form.  Applications will be accepted through June 1, 2013.

There will be an information meeting about the St. Louis/Ishinomaki Friendship Program on April 4, 2013. The meeting will start at 5:40 pm at Room 331 in SSB (Social Science and Business Building) at UMSL.  To attend the meeting, please contact the office of Japan America Society of St. Louis at (314) 516-5754 or email  We will send you the direction to UMSL and a parking pass.  All visitors to UMSL campus are required to have a parking permit and we will issue it to you free of charge.


Chikako Usui                                                   Joel Glassman

President                                                         Executive Director

More information:

St. Louis Ishinomaki Friendship Program

Host family application St. Louis 2013

Invitation to general meeting April 4

Tentative Schedule for Japanese Visitors (March 31)