Day of Remembrance Event – February 19, 2023

The Day of Remembrance recognizes the anniversary of issuing of President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the wrongful incarceration of Japanese Americans in 1942. The St. Louis JACL will be hosting a Day of Remembrance Event at The Lodge in Des Peres, Missouri on Sunday, February 19, 2023 at 12:30 pm. The guest for this program is film actor/director/producer Lane Nishikawa of Los Angeles, California. Lunch will be provided and RSVP is required by February 12 to because capacity is limited.

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“Dreams of Love” Concert – January 15, 2023

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Violinist Aska Kaneko Maret and harpist Amy Camie’s Duo Concert “Dreams of Love: A Healing Concert for the Body, Mind & Soul” is coming to Webster Hills United Methodist Church, 698 West Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves, Missouri 63119 at 2:00 pm. General admission is $15 at the door. Co-sponsored by Japan America Society of St. Louis and Japan America Society Women’s Association.

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JACL Holiday Social at Vangel’s – December 8

The St. Louis JACL held its Holiday Social at Vangel’s Restaurant in Rock Hill, Missouri on December 8, 2022. There was a nice group of attendees that had an enjoyable evening together! We were honored to have Kristina Le, President of the St. Louis Vietnamese Community, and Thong Tarm, President of the St. Louis Chapter of OCA, join us in our “meet and greet.” The JACL wishes everyone a healthy, joyous holiday season and all the best in the new year.

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St. Louis JACL Holiday Social, December 8

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Join us for a Holiday Social at 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm on December 8, 2022 at Vangel’s Restaurant and Bar. RSVP to Edie Quick is required. Appetizers and drinks will be provided.

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2022 Midwest District Council Fall Meeting

The St. Louis Chapter of the JACL was host for the 2022 Midwest District Council (MDC) Fall Meeting from October 7-8. St. Louis was honored to have two excellent speakers: Michelle Li, St. Louis NBC affiliate, KSDK, Morning Anchor and founder of Very Asian Foundation, and Sela Masaki, Ladue Watkins High School student. Eleven out-of-towners attended our conference and the Hamamura’s made beautiful sushi for our reception. JACL chapters in the MDC include: Chicago, Cincinnati, Dayton, Detroit, Hoosier, Houston, Omaha, St. Louis, Twin Cities, Wisconsin

During the Friday Reception, MDC 2nd Vice Governor and St. Louis Chapter Vice President – Finance, Steven Mitori, was awarded the JACL Sapphire Pin from MDC Governor Eric Langowski for over 10 years of service to JACL at national, district, and chapter levels of the organization.

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St. Louis JACL Mourns the Passing of Asako Morioka

Long time St. Louis JACL member Asako Morioka passed away on October 2, 2022 at age 99 at her home in Prospect, KY. Ms. Morioka was a former JACL Board Member, teacher of Ikebana, and contributor to the Nisei Kitchen cookbook. Please send memorial gifts in honor of Asako to Hosparus, 6200 Dutchmans Ln, Louisville, KY 40205.

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2022 Japanese Festival – Missouri Botanical Garden, Labor Day Weekend

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Join the St. Louis Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) in participating at the 2022 Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63110, during September 3-5, 2022. Please visit the JACL Soda Tent near the Cohen Ampitheater and say hello! The St. Louis JACL is a registered sponsor of the Japanese Festival.

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Speaking Nikkei Podcast – JACL YPC

The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Young Professionals Caucus (YPC) is posting stories about people doing important work at their jobs and communities on the “Speaking Nikkei” podcast platform. Please join to find out more about these young leaders!

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2022 JACL MDC Fall Meeting, October 7-8

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St. Louis JACL is excited to host delegates from JACL chapters in the Midwest to the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac, 1335 S. Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63131 on October 7-9, 2022 for the Midwest District Council (MDC) Fall Meeting. On October 7 a private reception will be held for MDC attendees. On October 8 the MDC Fall Meeting will be held in the Dauphin Meeting Room from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. On October 9 there will be transportation from St. Louis JACL members to help attendees travel to sightseeing destinations (St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Art Museum, Gateway Arch) in St. Louis. Registration is $25 and is due by September 23, 2022. Contact Bum Kim at or Steve Mitori at for more details.

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2nd Annual Night Market – July 23 at Steinberg

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There will be a Night Market on July 23, 2022 from 6:00pm – 11:00pm at Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park. St. Louis JACL will have an educational booth and will be selling Nisei Kitchen cookbooks. Please stop by our booth and say hi!

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