Sumo (Japanese Wrestling) Presentation By Japan America Society
Oct
29
6:00 PM18:00

Sumo (Japanese Wrestling) Presentation By Japan America Society

Come join us on October 29th for a presentation on the traditional Japanese sport of Sumo. The timing couldn’t be any more perfect, considering that the November Basho starts on the second Sunday of the month! Whether you’ve never seen a match in your life or you’re a long-time viewer of the sport, there will be something for everyone in this presentation.

Various topics will be discussed, such as what to expect when watching the Basho (tournament), the traditions and pageantry of the sport, winning techniques (kimarite), and some wrestler profiles of people you may look forward to rooting for. In addition to the presentation, chanko-nabe (a stew that is the staple food of a sumo wrestler’s diet) and other light snacks will be served. This is a free, all ages event starting at 6 PM at the Clive Public Library.

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Halloween Onigiri Action 2019
Oct
31
6:00 PM18:00

Halloween Onigiri Action 2019

TABLE FOR TWO USA (TFT USA) is preparing to launch its 2019 ONIGIRI ACTION campaign, Oct 7th - Nov 20th, 2019! We are going to change the world with onigiri - Japanese rice balls!
We, JASI is organizing our own Halloween Onigiri Action Pary:

Date: Thursday, October 31st2019
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

If you're planning to join this yummy Halloween Party, please contact info@japaniowa.org

This is members only event, so if you’re not yet the members of JASI, please sign up today, JASI Membership.

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Sake Tasting Event 2019
Nov
13
5:30 PM17:30

Sake Tasting Event 2019

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

Chance to win Heavenly and Caribou Gift Certificates; you must be present to win!!

Want to try sake but don’t know where to start? Maybe you just want to find a new favorite. For the price of a single good bottle you get to try all of ours! We have a number to try from and not just those you can at the local grocery store.

Join us for a night out to learn more about this amazing drink.

To purchase your tickets:
https://www.japaniowa.org/store/sake2019

Early bird discount ends on 10/31/19.

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JASI New Officers Election Day
Nov
16
1:00 PM13:00

JASI New Officers Election Day

Based on our by-laws, Article IV, section 3, Election of officers shall be in November of odd years, and especially this year’s election would be an important one since we’d need to elect the new president.

If you'd like to nominate someone or nominate yourself for:

  • President

  • Vice-President

  • Secretary

  • Treasurer

You'll be sending your nomination email to Ben & Yoshimi: elections@japaniowa.orgincluding the following information:

  • Name of nominee

  • Position you're nominating to

  • Qualification of nominee

Note:

  • All officers of the Society must be members of the Society.

  • Election of officers takes place in November 2019.

  • Elected officers of the Society take office on the first day of January immediately following the election.

  • The term of service for each elected officer is two fiscal years.

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Oct
12
11:00 AM11:00

30th Anniversary Celebration

  • Grand View University Student Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“Miyu,深結– Me and You, Celebrating 30 years of what ties us together” to enrich Japan-America relations.

30 years ago, on January 29, 1989, the first meeting of Japan America Society of Iowa was held by eight members. The group was led by Ikebana master, Ms. Hiroko Sogi (1931 – 2012). The first members shared one of traditional Japanese art of Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangements) with the community of Iowa. Over the years, JASI members’ interests have grown and evolved, and today the organization’s standing committees reflect diverse interest in Japanese culture that exists in Iowa.

To celebrate this milestone and to nurture further understanding of Japanese arts and culture in Des Moines, Iowa area, we’re welcoming Theatre Nohgaku to share the beauty of Noh Theatre, the oldest surviving form of Japanese theater followed by our Soten Taiko performance and 30th Anniversary Reception.

To purchase tickets for the performances and reception click here. $5 early bird discount ends on 9/30.

Japanese cultural exhibits and demonstrations starts at 11:00am - 3:30pm. Free admission. There will be lots of activities for you and your family to experience Japan:

  • Dolls exhibits

  • Ikebana (flower arrangements) exhibits

  • Masks display and sale

  • Traditional musical instruments demonstration and exhibits

  • Kendo/Karate demonstrations

  • Taiko performance

  • Kimono demonstration and exhibits

  • Tea Ceremony

  • Traditional table games

For our VIP participants, we’re pleased and honored to invite our VIP guests to join our special celebratry luncheon followed by Mr. Robert Kumaki, the Managing Principal of the Ronin Group, a brand strategy consulting firm, presentation of “Psychographic Segmentation and Attitude Study”. Mr. Kumaki is recognized as one of the nation’s foremost authorities on Asian American marketing. The group discussion will be facilitated by Carol Grant, Honorary Consul of Japan in Iowa, and Doug Lewis, co-facilitator and Des Moines Sister City Commission. The VIP guests are also invited to enjoy Noh performance by Theatre Nohgaku, Taiko performance by Soten Taiko, and a reception after the performances.

Should you have questions about the 30th Anniversary Event, or anything about Japan America Society of Iowa, please contact: info@japaniowa.org

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Manabiya Iowa Natsumatsuri with Hiyoko Club (Summer festival)
Aug
24
9:30 AM09:30

Manabiya Iowa Natsumatsuri with Hiyoko Club (Summer festival)

Our annual summer festival will be on August 24th. This is a fun time for both Manabiya and Hiyoko kids and families. There will be traditional festival food to taste and different games and activities to enjoy.

Manabiya Iowa is looking for volunteers for the summer festival.
The volunteers will be asked to help setting up and taking down the site also being at the game or food stations during the event.

Natsumatsuri with Hiyoko Club (Summer festival)
Date: August 24th 2019 , Saturday
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Manabiya Iowa building parking lot in West Des Moines
(Big Room in case of rain)

Fee: $5.00 per family for Hiyoko Club

Please let us know if you would like to join for summer time fun!

Chikako Brown
Manabiya Iowa

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絆 : Kizuna Meet_Bounds of Friendship
Aug
20
6:00 PM18:00

絆 : Kizuna Meet_Bounds of Friendship

 

Please join us for our August 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 glass of beer with us.

 

Location: The Grumpy Goat Tavern, 1350 50th St., West Des Moines

Date: Tuesday, August 20th 2019

Time: 6:00 pm

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Kimono Club - Indigo Dyeing Class
Aug
10
1:00 PM13:00

Kimono Club - Indigo Dyeing Class

We're going to have a class of Indigo dyeing. Indigo is a plant based dye that's used to create beautiful blue colors. The instructor, Maggie will provide two items to dye, but also feel free to bring any extra t-shirt, scarf, fabric, yearn, or any natural fiber item to dye. We'll fold, scrunch, or twist the item to make cool designs, then dye it with indigo. It's $35 per person, approx. 1.5 hours class.

Date: Saturday, August 10th 2019
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: 13505 S. Ave. Woodward, IA

Please contact info@japaniowa.org if you'd like to join this class or any questions.

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JASI 3rd Quarter Business Meeting
Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

JASI 3rd Quarter Business Meeting

This is a mandetory meeting for the Board Members and JASI Committee Leaders. All members are welcomed and encouraged to attend the meeting; however, the space is limited, so please contact info@japaniowa.org, if you're interested in attending the business meeting.

Location: Caribou Coffee, 3220 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines
Date: Thursday, August 8th 2019
Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM

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絆 : Kizuna Meet_Bounds of Friendship
Jul
24
6:00 PM18:00

絆 : Kizuna Meet_Bounds of Friendship

 

Please join us for our July 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.

 

Location: Java Joe’s Coffee House, 4944 Douglas Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310

Date: Wednesday, July 24th 2019

Time:6:00 pm

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June 2019 Kizuna Meet / 2019 CelebrAsian Post Event Party
Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

June 2019 Kizuna Meet / 2019 CelebrAsian Post Event Party

We’re going to have 2019 CelebrAsian Post Event Party, so please mark your calendar and RSVP soon.

June 2019 Kizuna Meet / 2019 CelebrAsian Post Event Party
Date:Thursday, June 27th2019
Time:6:00pm
Location:Smash Park, 6625 Coachlight Dr. West Des Moines
RSVP:info@japaniowa.org
 
お疲れ様でした(Otsukaresamadeshita)!!

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Jun
19
6:00 PM18:00

Kimono Club Meet

It's Summer time, so we're going to practice few Yukata Obi Techniques for both Men and Women to enjoy this Summer.  In addition, we're planning a mini Ikebana experience while you enjoy cold Mugi Tea and sweet snacks, so please RSVP at info@japaniowa.org to confirm your attendance and obtain the meeting location.

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Jun
15
1:00 PM13:00

Bento 101

Bento (弁当 bentō) is the Japanese word for a meal packed in a lunchbox. A typical homemade bento is a healthy balance of several different dishes—including rice, fish or meat, eggs, vegetables, pickled foods, and sometimes fruit—all neatly packed into a compact, space-saving bento box. In this class, you’ll learn how to prepare delicious Japanese-styled bento lunches at home, get hands-on experience making onigiri and a few other dishes, as well as stuffing a bento box. Samples will be served.

Registration is required - https://waukeepubliclibrary.org/events/bento-101

Each person attending must sign-up separately.


 
Location: Waukee Public Library
950 Warrior Lane, Waukee
Date: Saturday, June 15th
Time: Starts at 1:00pm

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Jun
8
12:30 PM12:30

Free Taiko Drumming Class

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Soten Taiko is organizing two free Taiko drumming classes on Saturday, June 1 and Saturday, June 8 from 12:30pm to 2pm at Des Moines Danzarts studio located at 2150 Delavan Dr #8, West Des Moines, IA 50265.

 

Even if you have no music experience, playing Taiko is simple and fun. Come learn a simple Taiko song and check out what Taiko is all about. 

 

Sign up to let us know you're coming so we can set up a Taiko drum for you to play! Additional class times might be added depending on interest. 

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Jun
1
12:30 PM12:30

Free Taiko Drumming Class

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Soten Taiko is organizing two free Taiko drumming classes on Saturday, June 1 and Saturday, June 8 from 12:30pm to 2pm at Des Moines Danzarts studio located at 2150 Delavan Dr #8, West Des Moines, IA 50265.

 

Even if you have no music experience, playing Taiko is simple and fun. Come learn a simple Taiko song and check out what Taiko is all about. 

 

Sign up to let us know you're coming so we can set up a Taiko drum for you to play! Additional class times might be added depending on interest. 

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Apr
12
6:00 PM18:00

30th Anniversary Event Planning

Miyu, 深結- Me & You, Celebrating 30 years of what ties us together!!
 
Join our event planning meeting!  Differently mark your calendar for Saturday, October 12, 2019; we’ll be at Grand View University Student Center to celebrate the 30thYear Anniversary.
 
Location: TBD
Date: Friday, April 12, 2019
Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM

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Kimono Club
Apr
10
6:00 PM18:00

Kimono Club

In April, we’re going to practice ways to adjust Eri (collar) and how to tie obi “Fukura Suzume”.  You’re welcome to join this meet with kimono on, or you can bring your kimono and practice putting them on at the meet.

This is JASI members only club, and if you’re interest joining us, please contact info@japaniowa.org

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Time: 6:00PM

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Apr
6
9:30 AM09:30

Manabiya Iowa Hiyoko Club

We are almost end of our academic year of 2018-19 with a big success.
We have added some new programs such as Manabiya store at the end of each semester where the students can shop with "Yen" that they earned demonstrating good learning behavior.  Also we have started offering a scholarship for those who would like to explore of their learning of the language and the culture.

It was also nice to have new faces for HIyoko Club.  This is the program for younger kids to spend time with Manabiya students to enjoy the cultural activities.
We usually have about ten kids joining us once a month.

Our new academic year will start in April with a ceremony.  We will celebrate this day with a pot luck party with Manabiya and HIyoko families.
Please mark your calendar for this fun celebration and let us know if you would like to join us.

Manabiya New Academic Year Ceremony with Hiyoko Club

Date:  April 6th 2019 , Saturday 
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
Location: Manabiya Iowa Big Room in West Des Moines

Fee:  $5.00 per family for Hiyoko Club

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Chikako Brown

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Apr
3
6:00 PM18:00

Japanese Cooking Class

A JASI member of Chikako Brown is introducing a Japanese dishes through West Des Moines Community Education.

This time, she is sharing a vegetarian dish called "Agedashi Tofu" which is a deep fried Tofu with savory sauce.  Please see the following link with details.

Date: Wednesday, April 3rd 
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Indian Hills Junior High School, 9401 Indian Hills Dr., Clive

Sign up today at:
https://wdmcsd.cr3.rschooltoday.com/public/costoption/class_id/3454/public/1/sp/

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Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

Soten Taiko at Simpson College's Kent Campus Center

  • Simpson College Kent Campus Center Black Box Theatre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Soten Taiko will be performing at Simpson College's Kent Campus Center on Wednesday, March 27 at 7 pm. This event is free and open to the public.  
 
Location: Simpson College Kent Campus Center Black Box Theatre, 701 N C St, Indianola, IA 50125
Date: Wednesday, March 27
Time: 7:00 pm

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絆 Kizuna: Bonds of Friendship Meet
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

絆 Kizuna: Bonds of Friendship Meet

 

Join us for our March 2019 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.

 

Location: Java Joe’s Coffee House, 4944 Douglas Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm

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JASI 30th Anniversary Event Planning
Mar
10
5:30 PM17:30

JASI 30th Anniversary Event Planning

We’re moving along with our planning phase; please save the date on Saturday, October 12th 2019 for sure, but we’d like to encourage you to be a part of planning and execution as well.  This is your event and only you can make it happen!!! 
 
Location: Caribou Coffee, 3220 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines
Date: Wednesday, March 13
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

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Hiyoko Club "Hinamatsuri" (first day of spring)
Mar
2
9:30 AM09:30

Hiyoko Club "Hinamatsuri" (first day of spring)

Hiyoko Club is a great opportunity for young kids and their parents to get to know each other in the community.
For February, we celebrated "Setsubun", the first day of spring and on March 2nd,  we will celebrate "Hinamatsuri", the girls' festival.

Date:  March 2nd 2019 , Saturday 
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 
Location: Manabiya Iowa class room in WDM

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Japanese Cooking Class
Feb
27
6:00 PM18:00

Japanese Cooking Class

A JASI member, Chikako Brown is excited to introduce Japanese cooking through
West Des Moines Community Education. (http://commed.wdmcs.org/programs/adults/learnwest/)
Please take this opportunity to add your dinner repertoire!

Shogayaki, Ginger pork Feb 27th Wed. 6:00 p.m.

Tired of tenderloin? You’ll see pork in a whole new way when you make Syogayki, or Ginger Pork. This hearty and delicious dish is a favorite of Japanese home cooks. The pork is thinly sliced and cooked with onion, fresh ginger and soy sauce, giving it just enough zing to brighten any Iowa winter day. Requiring less than half an hour to prepare, ginger pork will soon be your go-to meal for both family dinners and entertaining. 

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1st Qtr JASI Business Meeting
Jan
24
6:00 PM18:00

1st Qtr JASI Business Meeting

For JASI Members Only,

Our Quarterly Business Meeting is scheduled as shown below. This is a mandatory for the JASI Board Members and the Committee Leaders, and open for all JASI members.

Committee Leaders - if you’re unable to attend the meeting, please ask someone from your committee to represent your group.

Date: Thursday, January 24 2019

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: Caribou Coffee, 3220 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

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JASI 2018 Bell Tolling
Dec
31
9:00 AM09:00

JASI 2018 Bell Tolling

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**
 
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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JASI 30th Anniversary Event Planning Meeting
Dec
19
6:00 PM18:00

JASI 30th Anniversary Event Planning Meeting

Date: Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Smokey Row Coffee Co., 1910 Cottage Grove Ave., Des Moines

As we near the end of the year, we absolutely need to continue our efforts in creating a fantastic event in honor of this momentous occasion- JASIs 30th anniversary! All committee members are strongly advised to share their opinions and make suggestions as this event will include everyone that has supported JASIs growth up to this point. 

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