Japan-America Society
San Antonio

Connecting cultural and business communities
in San Antonio with those in Japan

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Our Mission

Since its inception in 1985, Japan America Society of San Antonio (JASSA) leads to connect cultural and business communities in San Antonio with those in Japan through diverse grass roots exchange activities, aims to further enhance the friendships between Japan and San Antonio, and disseminate to the world the diverse and intrinsic values of San Antonio.


JAS-SA offers a wide variety of community events that promote Japanese culture and aids to build a personal bridge between America and Japan. New events are added regularly and members enjoy special benefits and privilaged access to some events


The traditional study of artisticly writing in Japanese kanji

Language courses for all ages and skill levels

Tomodachi Initiative

A partnership that invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational, cultural and leadership programs

School Visits

Sharing Japanese culture with students in San Antonio


Active engagement to bring awareness to JAS-SA and how it can benefit potential members

Cultural Programs

Festivals, speech competitions and traditional events immerse members in Japanese culture


2024 Regional Japanese Language Speech Contest

Event Results
Speech contest winners
Division 1: Poetry
  1. Onyoo Jung
  2. Mariana Hernandez
  3. Lara Miranda
Division 2: Haiku
  1. Jacob Duke
  2. Sarah Adeyemi
  3. Madeline Ibarra
Division 3: Free Speech High School Aurora
  1. Lauren Tippin
  2. Selina Ye
  3. Sean Monceaux
Division 4: Free Speech College/University
  1. Navtej Dharmapuri Thirumala
  2. Prescott Richmond
  3. Alyssa Burton


Our members are the life-blood of JAS-SA. If you're not already a member - please consider signing up today. Membership is open to anyone interested in learning more about Japan, the U.S., or the US-Japan relationship.


$45 / year

  • Standard Membership

Student/Senior (65+)/Military/1st Responder

$35 / year

  • Discounted Membership


$60 / year

  • Family Bundle (2 adults, up to 3 kids)

Business and Sponsor Membership

JASSA is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, making your sponsorship tax deductible. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us so that we can discuss how JASSA and your organization can work together.

Our Sponsors

Shirane sponsor card
Shirane Foundation

Commemorate the life & legacy of a distinguished leader.

Minnano Japanese Grocery sponsor card
Minnano Japanese Grocery

City of San Antonio Global Engagement sponsor card
City of San Antonio Economic Development Global Engagement


Yuko Kawabe



Yuka Dorsey

Vice President


Nataly Jennings



Jessica Maple



Hitomi Kinoshita

Board Member


Rick Torres

Board Member