Dec
16
6:00 PM18:00

Bōnenkai (忘年会, literally "forget the year gathering")

  • Heavenly Asian Cuisine & Lounge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

2017 is almost over!!  It’s time for a bōnenkai !!

A bōnenkai (忘年会, literally "forget the year gathering") is a Japanese party that takes place at the end of the year.  The purpose of the party is to forget the woes and troubles of the past year and hopefully look to the New Year.

Please join Japan America Society of Iowa bōnenkai at Heavenly Asian Cuisine & Lounge on Saturday December 16th.  We will provide a selection of food and of course good company.  We’re going to have “Secret Buddha”, the gift exchange game at this dinner party, so please plan to bring a small gift that a price around $10.

2017 JASI bōnenkai tickets are sold at our website; click the link below to access the ticket sale page.  Buy early and get a discount of 15% off through December 2nd.  This is open to public, and if you’re JASI Members, you’ll get a lower ticket price.  You’re not a member yet??  No worries, you can add a membership at this page, so become a member today and join our fun 2017 JASI bōnenkai party!!

https://www.japaniowa.org/store/celebrate-2017

2017 JASI bōnenkai Price List:

*Price does not include alcohol.

·         Member Adult - $20

·         Member Children (13 or younger) - $10

·         Non-Member Adult - $30

·         Non-Member Children (13 or younger) - $15

 

When: Saturday, December 16th, 2017

Time: 6:00pm – Check-in and enjoy Appetizer

*Dinner starts at 7:00pm

Location: Heavenly Asian Cuisine & Lounge, located at 225 5th St., West Des Moines

               

See you all at 2017 JASI bōnenkai ; please feel free to send us an email to: info@japaniowa.org with any questions.

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Dec
31
9:00 AM09:00

2017 Bell Tolling_“joyanokane” (除夜の鐘)

Join the Japan America Society of Iowa for our annual activity where we ring in the New Year. We will meet at the Iowa-Yamanashi Bell of Friendship and Peace, located on the Iowa State Capitol grounds just west of the judicial building at 1111 E. Court Avenue. 

**Everyone can have a turn to ring the bell**

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History of Yamanashi Peace Bell:

After typhoons in 1959 severely damaged crops, homes, and farmlands of the Yamanashi prefecture in Japan, citizens of Iowa generously sent breeding hogs and feed corn to aid that district. This program began a friendship culminating in a sister-state relationship, the first of its kind between the United States and Japan. In 1962, as a sign of their appreciation, the citizens of the Yamanashi area presented this monument to Iowa.

The 2,000-pound temple bell of peace and friendship as well as the structure that houses it, came from Japan.

 

Why does the bell ring 108 times at year end?

Ringing the temple bell is perceived as a symbol to finish the old year and welcome the new one. At midnight on December 31st, no matter where you are in Japan, you will hear the “joyanokane” (除夜の鐘), the ringing of a temple or shrine bell 108 times.  According to Buddhist beliefs, 108 is the number of passions and desires entrapping us in the cycle of suffering and reincarnation.  So, the 108 bell chimes symbolize the purification from the 108 delusions and sufferings accumulated in the past year. 

The number corresponds to the number of “bonno,” or worldly desires. There are 6 kinds of bonno and they are further subdivided into 3 sections, becoming 18. Also, each of these 18 kinds consists of 2 categories, making 36. Finally, there are other 3 categories into which the 36 bonno fall, bringing the total number of bonno to 108.  Each ring represents one of 108 earthly temptations (Bonno) a person must overcome to achieve nirvana.

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絆 Kizuna: Bonds of Friendship Meet
Nov
30
7:00 PM19:00

絆 Kizuna: Bonds of Friendship Meet

Join us for our November 2017 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 in Ingersoll.  

See you all next week and bring some fun stories about your Thanksgiving to share with us!!  


Location: Caribou Coffee, 3220 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312
Date: Thursday, Nov 30th, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

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JASI Board/Executive Election
Nov
19
2:00 PM14:00

JASI Board/Executive Election

Election Date: Sunday, November 19th, 2017
Time:  2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Clive Library, 1900 NW 114th St., Clive, IA 50325

All successful candidates will take office on December 31st, 2017.  These Officers are serviced as the Board Members of JASI for two-year terms (2018 & 2019).
 
In order to be eligible to be an Officer candidate, a person must be a JASI member, and must pledge to make every reasonable effort to complete the duties but not limited to outline below:
 

Board Member Job Description

Expectations of the Board as a Whole
The mission of Japan America Society of Iowa is to establish mutual understanding between Japanese and American communities in Iowa.  JASI provides opportunities to its members and the public to participate in social, cultural, and educational activities.  As the highest leadership body of the organization and to satisfy its fiduciary duties, the board is responsible for

  • maintain the mission and purposes of the organization
  • strategic and organizational planning
  • ensuring strong fiduciary oversight and financial management
  • fundraising and resource development
  • approving and monitoring the organization’s programs and services
  • enhancing the organization’s public image
  • assessing its own performance as the governing body of the organization

 
Expectations of Individual Board Members
Each individual board member is expected to
 

  • know the organization’s mission, policies, programs, and needs
  • faithfully read and understand the organization’s financial statements
  • serve as active advocates and ambassadors for the organization and fully engage in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for the organization to advance its mission
  • leverage connections, networks, and resources to develop collective action to fully achieve the organization’s mission
  • help identify personal connections that can benefit the organization’s fundraising and reputational standing, and can influence public policy
  • prepare for, attend, and conscientiously participate in board meetings

 
Further, board members are expected to

  • follow the organization’s bylaws, policies, and board resolutions
  • sign an annual conflict-of-interest disclosure and update it during the year if necessary, as well as disclose potential conflicts before meetings and actual conflicts during meetings
  • maintain confidentiality about all internal matters of the organization
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絆 Kizuna: Bonds of Friendship Meet
Oct
26
6:00 PM18:00

絆 Kizuna: Bonds of Friendship Meet

Join us for our October 2017 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 Cheese Bar DSM.  

Deluxe Smorgasbord will be on JASI to share with the participants.  Come and enjoy a fun Thursday evening with us.

Location: Cheese Bar DSM, 2925 Ingersoll, Des Moines, IA 50312
Date: Thursday, Oct 26th, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM

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絆 Kizuna: Bonds of Friendship Meet
Sep
29
7:00 PM19:00

絆 Kizuna: Bonds of Friendship Meet

Join us for our Sep 2017 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 Global Brew Tap House on Friday.  

It appears this tap house doesn't serve food, but you can order delivery from Wasabi, 7 Stone and Gusto, etc.  Awesome beer selection!!

 

 
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Takoyaki Party at a Park!!
Sep
17
3:00 PM15:00

Takoyaki Party at a Park!!

This is JASI members only end of summer event.  We’re planning few games that we all can enjoy at the Park as well.  Please RSVP to info@japaniowa.org by 9/13 to let us know how many people joining from your house hold, so we can make sure we’ll have enough Takoyaki ready for you and your family.
 
You're not a member?!  No problem; please send an email to info@japaniowa.org and become a member today!!
 
*Takoyaki (たこ焼き or 蛸焼) is a ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a flour-based batter and cooked in a special molded pan. It is typically filled with minced or diced octopus (tako), pickled ginger, and green onion.  Takoyaki are brushed with takoyaki sauce (similar to Worcestershire sauce) and mayonnaise, and then sprinkled with dried bonito and/or green laver (aonori).
**Alcoholic beverages are limited to beer and wine and are allowed at the park; JASI will not be providing alcoholic beverages for this event, so please bring your own. 

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Aug
26
9:30 AM09:30

Manabiya Summer Festival (Natsumatsuri)

After our long summer break, we will resume the classes on August 19th and we will have our annual summer festival on the following week.  Manabiya and Hiyoko families and friends are invited to join this fun event including games, foods and watermelon smashing!

Manabiya Summer Festival (Natsumatsuri)

When:  August 26th (Sat.)
Time:  9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: A parking lot of Manabiya classroom building in West Des Moines
Fee:  Free for Manabiya families and $5.00 per family for Hiyoko Club and friends.

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Jul
15
10:30 AM10:30

Taiko Presentation at Winterset Public Library

All ages are invited to experience Japanese culture through the art of Taiko, a traditional Japanese instrument used in festivals and musical performances around the world. Following the presentation, participants can try playing Taiko! This event is co-sponsored by the City of Winterset Friendship Exchange Commission, the Japan America Society of Iowa, and the Library.

 

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Jul
9
2:00 PM14:00

Taiko Matsuri

Japan America Society of Iowa (JASI) is hosting a 2nd annual Taiko Matsuri on Suday, 7/9/2017 at Plymouth Church, Waveland Hall from 2 – 4pm.  “Taiko” is Japanese traditional drum music instruments, and “Matsuri” means a festival in Japanese.  This event is to promote Japanese culture through the Taiko music and performance and to build friendly community relationship between Japan and the Iowa local community. 

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Jun
24
12:30 PM12:30

Soten Taiko at ERICON

There will be a Taiko presentation at ERICON 2017, in Boone, Iowa.  ERICON is Boone's only Pop-culture convention featuring science fiction, fantasy, horror, comic books, and movies.  Featuring regional artists, writers, crafters, and prop-makers.  Hosted by the Ericson Public Library, this event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.boone.lib.ia.us/programs/ericon 
 

All ages are invited to experience Japanese culture through the art of Taiko, a traditional Japanese instrument used in festivals and musical performances around the world. After the presentation, participants can try playing Taiko.

Starts at 12:30pm in the 2nd floor meeting room.
 

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Jun
23
7:00 PM19:00

絆 Kizuna: Bonds of Friendship Meet

Please join us for our June 2017 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 Iowa Taproom.  We felt that this is the perfect place to have our Kizuna meet in June to cool off beginning of summer heat at all Iowa beer and one amazing place.  For the 2017 CelebrAsian volunteers, your first drink is on us!!

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May
26
to May 27

CELEBRASIAN 2017: 15TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY

  • Western Gateway Park (Pappajohn Sculpture Park) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In 2016, another successful event hosted by our community partner, Iowa Asian Alliance (https://www.iowaasianalliance.com/about-celebrasian/).  The Japanese Village featured a Food Tent, Gift Tent and Culture Tent.  At the main stage, energetic performance by Soten Taiko and JASI members participated in a fashion show featured traditional wedding finery from across Asia.  There was a great diversity of ages, background and abilities that came out to enjoy the Iowa’s best Asian Festival.

Visit IAA's Facebook page for additional information.

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May
18
7:00 PM19:00

Kizuna: Bonds of Friendship Meet

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Please join us for our May 2017 Kizuna Meeting.  絆 – bond between people, between family or relationship. It’s the bonds of friendship!!  This meeting is an informal, just get together and get to know each other type of gathering. It’d be perfect for someone would like to have a conversation in Japanese, have few questions about Japan and/or our organization, or just wanted to swing by to have a cup of coffee with us.

 

 
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Kizuna: Bonds of Friendship Meeting
Mar
23
7:00 PM19:00

Kizuna: Bonds of Friendship Meeting

 

Please join us for our March 2017 Kizuna Meeting. 

絆 – bond between people, between family or relationship.  It’s the bonds of friendship!! This meeting is an informal, just get together and get to know each other type of gathering. It’d be perfect for someone would like to have a conversation in Japanese, have few questions about Japan and/or our organization, or just wanted to swing by to have a cup of coffee with us.

 
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