Obon Festival- Let's Dance in the Streets!
Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

Obon Festival- Let's Dance in the Streets!

Are you interested in Taiko drumming or Japanese folk dancing?

Obon is a traditional summer festival in which we honor our ancestors who have passed on, remember and appreciate all they have done for us, and celebrate their ongoing presence in the lives we enjoy today. The main part of this event is dance in the street in a giant oval to traditional music.

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絆 Kizuna Meet
Aug
23
7:00 PM19:00

絆 Kizuna Meet

Join us for our August 2018 Kizuna Meet. 絆 – bond between people, between family or relationship. It’s the bonds of friendship!! This month we're going to have the meet at Grumpy Goat Tavern, West Des Moines, 50th St.

Have some cold beer with us and share your summer fun stories.


Date: Thursday, August 23rd, 2018
Time: 7 pm
Location: Grumpy Goat Tavern, 1350 50th St., West Des Moines

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Obon Festival- Let's Dance in the Streets!
Aug
18
12:00 PM12:00

Obon Festival- Let's Dance in the Streets!

Are you interested in Taiko drumming or Japanese folk dancing?

Obon is a traditional summer festival in which we honor our ancestors who have passed on, remember and appreciate all they have done for us, and celebrate their ongoing presence in the lives we enjoy today. The main part of this event is dance in the street in a giant oval to traditional music.

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Kimono Club- Special Announcement
Aug
4
2:00 PM14:00

Kimono Club- Special Announcement

  • Urbandale Public Library (Meeting Room B) (map)
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We’re re-grouping “Kimono Club”, and this is going to be a recurring activity of JASI.  All JASI members are eligible to join the club, and no worries, if you’re not a member yet, you’ll get 50% discount to become a JASI member now.  Since we’re just re-grouping this activity, you can be a part of discussion to decide the club objectives and future activities.
 
Our first meeting will be over the history of Kimono and how to wear a basic style kimono yourself. 
 

If you’re unable to join for this coming meeting, but you’re interested in joining the Kimono Club, please contact:  info@japaniowa.org

*Please bring your Kimono/Yukata and any accessories, if you’d like to try out the Kitsuke.  This is not a requirement to join this event, and we’ll have few necessary items ready for you to try, but the numbers of items are limited.

Topic: Kimono History and Basic Kimono Kitsuke
Date: Saturday, Aug 4th, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Urbandale Public Library (Meeting Room B), 3520 86th St., Urbandale
 

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3rd Qtr JASI Business Meeting
Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

3rd Qtr JASI Business Meeting

There will be a business meeting on Thursday, July 26th at 7 p.m.. The agenda items are 2nd Quarter Financial Report Review and 1st planning phase of JASI 30th Anniversary Event in 2019.  This is a mandatory meeting for Board Members and Committee Leaders, and open for all JASI members. 

Please send a message to brandon.a@japaniowa.org, if you are interested in attending or would like to receive the meeting minutes.

Date: Thursday, July 26th
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Caribou Coffee, 3220 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

Brandon Akamine
JASI Secretary

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絆 Kizuna Meet
Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

絆 Kizuna Meet

Join us for our July 2018 Kizuna Meet. 絆 – bond between people, between family or relationship. It’s the bonds of friendship!! This month we're going to have the meet at Caribou Coffee at Ingersoll Ave.

Share your summer fun stories and/or plans.


Date: Wednesday, July 25th, 2018
Time: 6 pm
Location: Caribou Coffee, 3220 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

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Jul
18
6:00 PM18:00

The Summer Iowa Taiko Program - Marshalltown

Soten Taiko co-founder, Tanis Sotelo, will being doing Taiko outreach presentations at a number of public libraries across Iowa, introducing Iowa kids and families to the Art of Taiko. The presentations will cover a number of topics, such as different styles of playing Taiko, Shinobue, Shishimai and Hyottoko, and Bon Odori. The Taiko presentations are a way to honor the 50th Year Anniversary when Taiko was first introduced in the United States by Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka at the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival in 1968.

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Jul
18
10:00 AM10:00

The Summer Iowa Taiko Program - Ogden

  • Leonard A. Good Community Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Soten Taiko co-founder, Tanis Sotelo, will being doing Taiko outreach presentations at a number of public libraries across Iowa, introducing Iowa kids and families to the Art of Taiko. The presentations will cover a number of topics, such as different styles of playing Taiko, Shinobue, Shishimai and Hyottoko, and Bon Odori. The Taiko presentations are a way to honor the 50th Year Anniversary when Taiko was first introduced in the United States by Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka at the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival in 1968.

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Jul
11
10:00 AM10:00

The Summer Iowa Taiko Program - Fredericksburg

Soten Taiko co-founder, Tanis Sotelo, will being doing Taiko outreach presentations at a number of public libraries across Iowa, introducing Iowa kids and families to the Art of Taiko. The presentations will cover a number of topics, such as different styles of playing Taiko, Shinobue, Shishimai and Hyottoko, and Bon Odori. The Taiko presentations are a way to honor the 50th Year Anniversary when Taiko was first introduced in the United States by Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka at the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival in 1968.

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Jul
10
11:00 AM11:00

The Summer Iowa Taiko Program - Manson

Soten Taiko co-founder, Tanis Sotelo, will being doing Taiko outreach presentations at a number of public libraries across Iowa, introducing Iowa kids and families to the Art of Taiko. The presentations will cover a number of topics, such as different styles of playing Taiko, Shinobue, Shishimai and Hyottoko, and Bon Odori. The Taiko presentations are a way to honor the 50th Year Anniversary when Taiko was first introduced in the United States by Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka at the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival in 1968.
 

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Jun
27
11:00 AM11:00

The Summer Iowa Taiko Program - Parkersburg

Soten Taiko co-founder, Tanis Sotelo, will being doing Taiko outreach presentations at a number of public libraries across Iowa, introducing Iowa kids and families to the Art of Taiko. The presentations will cover a number of topics, such as different styles of playing Taiko, Shinobue, Shishimai and Hyottoko, and Bon Odori. The Taiko presentations are a way to honor the 50th Year Anniversary when Taiko was first introduced in the United States by Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka at the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival in 1968.
 

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Jun
23
1:00 PM13:00

The Summer Iowa Taiko Program - Van Meter

Soten Taiko co-founder, Tanis Sotelo, will being doing Taiko outreach presentations at a number of public libraries across Iowa, introducing Iowa kids and families to the Art of Taiko. The presentations will cover a number of topics, such as different styles of playing Taiko, Shinobue, Shishimai and Hyottoko, and Bon Odori. The Taiko presentations are a way to honor the 50th Year Anniversary when Taiko was first introduced in the United States by Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka at the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival in 1968.

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Jun
23
10:30 AM10:30

The Summer Iowa Taiko Program - Winterset

Soten Taiko co-founder, Tanis Sotelo, will being doing Taiko outreach presentations at a number of public libraries across Iowa, introducing Iowa kids and families to the Art of Taiko. The presentations will cover a number of topics, such as different styles of playing Taiko, Shinobue, Shishimai and Hyottoko, and Bon Odori. The Taiko presentations are a way to honor the 50th Year Anniversary when Taiko was first introduced in the United States by Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka at the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival in 1968.
 

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Jun
21
6:30 PM18:30

The Summer Iowa Taiko Program - Estherville

Soten Taiko co-founder, Tanis Sotelo, will being doing Taiko outreach presentations at a number of public libraries across Iowa, introducing Iowa kids and families to the Art of Taiko. The presentations will cover a number of topics, such as different styles of playing Taiko, Shinobue, Shishimai and Hyottoko, and Bon Odori. The Taiko presentations are a way to honor the 50th Year Anniversary when Taiko was first introduced in the United States by Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka at the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival in 1968.
 

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Jun
21
10:30 AM10:30

The Summer Iowa Taiko Program - Jewell

Soten Taiko co-founder, Tanis Sotelo, will being doing Taiko outreach presentations at a number of public libraries across Iowa, introducing Iowa kids and families to the Art of Taiko. The presentations will cover a number of topics, such as different styles of playing Taiko, Shinobue, Shishimai and Hyottoko, and Bon Odori. The Taiko presentations are a way to honor the 50th Year Anniversary when Taiko was first introduced in the United States by Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka at the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival in 1968.

 

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Jun
17
3:00 PM15:00

絆 Kizuna Meet/CelebrAsian Post-Event Party

Join us for a special volunteer appreciation party celebrating another successful festival! We will be meeting a Air Lanes during the glow-in-the-dark cosmic session for free bowling and beer!

Date: Sunday, June 17th , 2018
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Air Lanes Bowling Alley at 4200 Fleur Drive, Des Moines
RSVP: info@japaniowa.org

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Jun
15
7:30 PM19:30

The Summer Iowa Taiko Program - Winthrop

Soten Taiko co-founder, Tanis Sotelo, will being doing Taiko outreach presentations at a number of public libraries across Iowa, introducing Iowa kids and families to the Art of Taiko. The presentations will cover a number of topics, such as different styles of playing Taiko, Shinobue, Shishimai and Hyottoko, and Bon Odori. The Taiko presentations are a way to honor the 50th Year Anniversary when Taiko was first introduced in the United States by Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka at the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival in 1968.

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Jun
15
1:30 PM13:30

The Summer Iowa Taiko Program - Center Point

Soten Taiko co-founder, Tanis Sotelo, will being doing Taiko outreach presentations at a number of public libraries across Iowa, introducing Iowa kids and families to the Art of Taiko. The presentations will cover a number of topics, such as different styles of playing Taiko, Shinobue, Shishimai and Hyottoko, and Bon Odori. The Taiko presentations are a way to honor the 50th Year Anniversary when Taiko was first introduced in the United States by Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka at the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival in 1968.

 

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Jun
15
10:00 AM10:00

The Summer Iowa Taiko Program - Oelwein

Soten Taiko co-founder, Tanis Sotelo, will being doing Taiko outreach presentations at a number of public libraries across Iowa, introducing Iowa kids and families to the Art of Taiko. The presentations will cover a number of topics, such as different styles of playing Taiko, Shinobue, Shishimai and Hyottoko, and Bon Odori. The Taiko presentations are a way to honor the 50th Year Anniversary when Taiko was first introduced in the United States by Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka at the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival in 1968.

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Jun
14
10:00 AM10:00

The Summer Iowa Taiko Program - Monticello

Soten Taiko co-founder, Tanis Sotelo, will being doing Taiko outreach presentations at a number of public libraries across Iowa, introducing Iowa kids and families to the Art of Taiko. The presentations will cover a number of topics, such as different styles of playing Taiko, Shinobue, Shishimai and Hyottoko, and Bon Odori. The Taiko presentations are a way to honor the 50th Year Anniversary when Taiko was first introduced in the United States by Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka at the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival in 1968.

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2018 CelebrAsian
May
25
to May 26

2018 CelebrAsian

This will be the 16th Year Anniversary of CelebrAsian.  Japanese Village, JASI is facilitating Cultural tent, Gift tent and Food tent.  Soten Taiko, Manabiya Iowa kids dance, a dance performance by Victoria, Japanese Cultural presentation and Kimono fashion show will be at the main stage on Saturday.

We’re looking for Kimono fashion show models, Japanese Cultural Presentation children models (approx. 3 & 7 years old girl and 5 years old boy), and volunteers at our Gift tent and/or Food tent.  If you’re interested, please contact info@japaniowa.org

Location: Western Gateway Park – Downtown Des Moines
Date: Friday, May 25th & Saturday, May 26th
Time: 11:00AM - 10:00PM

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絆 Kizuna Meet
May
6
5:00 PM17:00

絆 Kizuna Meet

 Kizuna Meet

Join us for our May 2018 Kizuna Meet. 絆 – bond between people, between family or relationship. It’s the bonds of friendship!! This month we're going to have the meet at Scooters conference room. 

Date: Sunday, May 6th
Time: 5 pm
Location: Scooters, 5585 Mills Civic Pkwy #170, West Des Moines, IA 50266

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2018 JASI Spring Yard Sale
Apr
22
10:00 AM10:00

2018 JASI Spring Yard Sale

!! Rain or Shine !!
Everything must go!!

JAPANESE GIFT ITEMS
HOME GOODS / KITCHEN / CLOTHING / FURNITURE
BOOK / ART / LIGHTING / AND MORE

Location: Westridge Elementary School - 5500 EP True Parkway, West Des Moines
Date: Sunday, April 22nd, 2018
Time: 10:00AM - 3:00PM

It’s spring time and the time to clean up your entire house, basement and garage.  Please donate any items that are no longer needed/wanted to JASI Spring Yard Sale.  If you have any items you’d like to donate, please contact: info@japaniowa.org to arrange drop-off and/or pick-up.  You're welcome to drop-off donation items on the yard sale day as well.   

We’re also looking for lots of volunteers for this Spring yard Sale, so if you’re interested, please email: info@japaniowa.org

 

Japan America Society of Iowa (JASI) was founded in 1989 by a small group of dedicated individuals to promote Japanese culture in central Iowa.  JASI provides community outreach events to demonstrate Japanese music instrument, Taiko (Japanese traditional drum), calligraphy, tea ceremony and Kimono (Japanese traditional costume) at local schools and other Iowa community organizations or companies.  Your donations are allocated to promote Japanese culture events and activities to establish solid relationships between Japan and Iowa community.

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Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

2nd Qtr 2018 Business Meeting

This is a quarterly mandatory meeting for the board members and the committee leaders.  Please be sure to arrange the attendance with your committee leadership team.  This meeting is open to all JASI members; however, the meeting space is limited, so please contact info@japaniowa.org, if you’re planning to attend the meeting to check the space availability.

Location: Smokey Row Coffee Co., 1910 Cottage Grove Ave., Des Moines
Date: Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
Time: 7:00PM

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Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Cooking Class

Tonkatsu
March 28th (Wed.)  6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Indian Hills Jr. High School
$30.00 if you register by March 14th.
Instructor: Chikako Brown

Tonkatsu is a breaded pork cutlet and a very popular dish in Japan. It is one of the original Western-influence dishes that has now became a Japanese meal.  In this class, you will learn how to make this main dish along with rice and miso soup for your own delicious, home-cooked meal.

Registration:
https://wdmcsd.cr3.rschooltoday.com/public/getclass/category_id/13/program_id/5

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Japanese Okonomiyaki Tasting
Mar
25
2:00 PM14:00

Japanese Okonomiyaki Tasting

Join us and try Okonomiyaki  

Okonimiyaki is a Japanese savory pancake containing a variety of ingredients.  The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “how you like” or “what you like”, and yaki meaning “grill”.  Okonomiyaki is mainly associated with the Kansai or Hiroshima areas of Japan, but is widely available throughout the country.  Toppings and batters tend to vary according to region. 

At this tasting event, you’d be able to try Kansai style Okonomiyaki, the predominant version of the dish, found throughout most of Japan.  The batter is made of flour, dashi (Japanese soup stock), eggs and shredded cabbage, bacon and other Japanese condiments.
 

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絆 Kizuna: Bonds of Friendship Meet
Feb
22
6:00 PM18:00

絆 Kizuna: Bonds of Friendship Meet

Join us for our February 2018 Kizuna Meet.  絆 – bond between people, between family or relationship. It’s the bonds of friendship!!  This month we're going to have the meet at Smokey Row Coffee Co.  We reserved a conference room located at a back of the coffee shop.  

Location: Smokey Row Coffee Co., 1910 Cottage Grove Ave. Des Moines
Date: Thursday, February 22nd
Time: 6:00 PM

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鬼太鼓座 Ondekoza Performance in Dubuque Iowa
Feb
17
6:30 PM18:30

鬼太鼓座 Ondekoza Performance in Dubuque Iowa

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Ondekoza was originally created on the Japanese island of Sado, where a group of young men and women gathered to follow the principle of “Sogakuron”- that “running and drumming are one, and a reflection of the drama and energy of life”. Living in the city of Fuji in Shizuoka, Japan, Ondekoza members live together and run together at the base of Mt. Fuji. As of 2008, Ondekoza launched a new project under the title of “Music & Rhythms”. The project aims to ''connect the children of world through musical experience''. Not limiting itself to taiko drums, the project uses a creative variety of expressive tools to promote the freedom of expression and the limitless possibilities it brings. Free 30-minute special lecture precedes performance @ 6:30 PM in Babka Theatre.

http://ondekoza.com/aboutus.html

 

Tickets are sold:

http://www.dbq.edu/FinePerformingArts/LiveatHeritageCenter/PerformingArtsSeries/SpecialEvents/#Ondekoza

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4th Qtr 2017 JASI Business Meeting
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

4th Qtr 2017 JASI Business Meeting

Our 4th Qtr 2017 business meeting is scheduled as shown below.  This is a mandatory meeting for the JASI Board members and the Committee leaders, and open for all JASI members.  The space is limited, so please contact info@japaniowa.org, if you're planning to join this meeting.

Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2018
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Caribou Coffee,  3220 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

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絆 Kizuna: Bonds of Friendship Meet
Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

絆 Kizuna: Bonds of Friendship Meet

Join us for our January 2018 Kizuna Meet.  絆 – bond between people, between family or relationship. It’s the bonds of friendship!!  This month we're going to have the meet at Peace Tree Brewing Co.  Since this establishment does not serve food, so we're planning to bring in pizza to share with everyone.  Des Moines Peach Tree Brewing is located in the East Village in downtown Des Moines, very family friendly atmosphere and is the perfect place to built our bonds of friendship.  


Location: Peace Tree Brewing Co., 317 E. Court Ave., Des Moines
Date: Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM

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