Bōnenkai (忘年会, literally "forget the year gathering")
Dec
12
5:30 PM17:30

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

2018 is almost over!!  It’s time for a bōnenkai !!

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, this year at Baratta's Restaurant on Wednesday, December 12th.  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.

2018 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 10% off through December 5th.  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 2018 JASI bōnenkai party!!
 
https://www.japaniowa.org/store/bonenkai
2018 JASI bōnenkai Price List:
*Price does not include alcohol.
 
·         Member Adult - $30
·         Member Children (13 or younger) - $20
·         Non-Member Adult - $40
·         Non-Member Children (13 or younger) - $30
 
When: Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
Time: 5:30pm – Check-in and enjoy Appetizer
*Dinner starts at 6:00pm
Location: Baratta's Restaurant, 2320 S. Union St., Des Moines
               
See you all at 2018 JASI bōnenkai ; please feel free to send us an email to: info@japaniowa.org with any questions.

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Dinner in Kimono
Dec
14
7:00 PM19:00

Dinner in Kimono

Kimono Club is the new committee of JASI, and we’re going to go out for a dinner in Kimono. If you’d like assistant with putting your kimono on, please contact info@japaniowa.org to coordinate a support.

If you’d like to rent a kimono for this night out, you can contact Yumeya Kimono, classy@yumeyakimono.com

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Dec
15
9:00 AM09:00

Manabiya Iowa - Hiyoko Club

Our second semester has been full of cultural learning through out the seasons.
We had our summer festival, mini sports day and Shichigosan and the celebration of young children in the fall.  Now it is time to learn about getting ready for new year.

As our theme learning this semester is to make a Japanese calendar.  They have learned the names and meaning of each month.  They have also learned about national holidays.
Each student picked the month to create the calendar and the picture and they are finishing them up.  They will have a 2019 Japanese calendar by the end of this year.

The theme of next Hiyoko Club is "Getting ready for new year".  Manabiya students and Hiyoko kids will enjoy the time with story telling, sing some songs, crafts and more!

Hiyoko Club "Getting ready for new year"

Date:  December 15th, Saturday
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Manabiya classroom in West Des Moines
Fee:  $5.00 per family

Please let us know if you are interested in joining us.
Looking forward to seeing you a lot of you.

Chikako Brown
Manabiya Iowa

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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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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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Dec
8
9:00 AM09:00

Bookfair to Support Central Academy Students

Please support Central Academy students’ financial assistance to go to the trip to Japan!!

This Saturday (Dec. 8) the Central Academy students will be hosting a bookfair at the Three Fountains Barnes & Noble on University. Anyone who shops at Barnes & Noble on Saturday and mentions the Central Academy at checkout, a small percentage of their purchase donated to students who need financial assistance to go on the trip.

*They won't receive any funding from Barnes & Noble unless they make at least $1000 in sales on Saturday, so they need help getting the word out about their event to as many people as possible.  Please feel free to share this information with anyone who might be interested in helping to support the students.

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Manabiya Iowa Hiyoko Club (Shichi-go-san)
Nov
10
9:30 AM09:30

Manabiya Iowa Hiyoko Club (Shichi-go-san)

Next Hiyoko Club will be on November 10th with the theme "Shichi-go-san."
This is a celebration for seven, five and three year old kids for wishing their healthy growth.
There will be a story telling, singing some songs, crafts and more!

Hiyoko Club (Shichi-go-san) 

Date:  November 10th, Saturday 
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 
Location: Manabiya classroom in West Des Moines
Fee:  $5.00 per family 

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Sake Tasting
Nov
7
5:30 PM17:30

Sake Tasting

Chance to win $50 Miyabi 9 Gift Certificate; you must be present to win!!

Sake is the Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice.  No trip to Japan needed to enjoy this flavorful beverage that could pair with almost any food.

If you think Sake is literally rice wine….  Well, not exactly.

Technically speaking, wine is fermented grape juice.  Rice doesn’t qualify, so calling rice based sake as wine is incorrect.  Sake is made from polished rice kernels that are converted into sugar with the help of a special kind of mold.  The mold is called “koji-kin”, and the koji-kin converts the starch into sugar which with the addition of yeast, then ferments and creates the alcohol.  Once the rice ferments and becomes a sort of mash, it is pressed and strained to produce the final product.  Grapes, as opposed to rice, already contain the sugars needed to turn into alcohol; therefor, no special mold is required in winemaking.

Come and join us and find out more about Sake and try some of the best Sake that is made in Japan.

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絆 Kizuna Meet
Nov
1
5:00 PM17:00

絆 Kizuna Meet

 

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 few drinks or grab some yummy food with us.

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Onigiri Event
Oct
31
6:00 PM18:00

Onigiri Event

We're going to make onigiri, take a photo of it and post to social media with #onigiriaction.
For every photo, 5 meals will be donated to children in parts of Africa and Southeast Asia.

This campaign is being organized by the NPO "Table for Two USA," which started in Japan and has spread to over 14 countries. Their mission is to tackle food insecurity around the world and improve food education in the United States. Here is a link to their homepage: http://www.tablefor2.org/home.

Date: Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Private Resident - if you'd like to participate on this event, please email info@japaniowa.org

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Manjiro Exchange 2019 - Information Session
Oct
27
3:30 PM15:30

Manjiro Exchange 2019 - Information Session

The Manjiro Summit in Hyogo from June 24 - July 1, 2019. 
 
See and learn the historical sights and events in Hyogo.
Come and Join to communicate with the people, and experience Japanese Culture through visiting families in Hyogo as a guest.
Regardless of age, occupation, and language level, many people participate to make new encounters through this program every year.
 
Registration is limited up to 100 participants US wide on the first come first serve basis.

 http://manjiro.or.jp/e/summit/hyogo/

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Kimono Club Meet
Oct
27
1:00 AM01:00

Kimono Club Meet

The kimono is a traditional Japanese garment worn for important festivals or formal occasions in Japan.  It is a formal style of clothing associated with politeness and good manners.

We’re the new committee of JASI, meeting on monthly basis and welcoming everyone whom interested in learning about Kimono.

In October 2018 meet, one of our members and Yumeya Kimono owner will be sharing little tips and good to know about Kimono.

You’re welcome to join the meet with your favorite Kimono/Yukata, and please bring your questions to be discussed at this meeting.

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JASI 30th Anniversary Event Planning
Oct
26
6:00 PM18:00

JASI 30th Anniversary Event Planning

Japan America Society of Iowa will celebrate 30th year in 2019.  We’re calling all JASI members to be a part of this milestone event. 

Japan America Society of Iowa (JASI) was found in 1989 by a small group of dedicated individuals to promote Japanese culture in central Iowa.  The group was led by Ikebana master, Ms. Hiroko Sogi (1931 – 2012).  On January 29, 1989, the first meeting of Japan America Society of Iowa was held by eight members: Koko Kawaguchi, Maxine Krick, Yoshio Swift, William and Dorothy Hopkins, Hisako Chirsmore, Rose (Ryuko) Griffith, and Hiroko Sogi.  The first members shared one of traditional Japanese art of Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangements) with the community of central Iowa.

Mrs. Fae Huttenlocher, a Des Moines magazine editor was the one who welcomed Ms. Sogi to Des Moines, IA, and she also taught Ms. Sogi how to be more aggressive in working to promote peaceful relations between Japanese and Americans and inspired Ms. Sogi to found the Japan America Society in Iowa in 1989, to promote an understanding among Americans about Japanese culture, and vice versa.  The society brought a Japanese dance troupe to Des Moines in the early ‘90s, and regularly offered instruction in Japanese traditions at art centers and museums throughout the state. 

One of the original members, Mrs. Maxine Krick described Ms. Sogi as “a one-woman campaign to turn around American opinion of Japanese people.”  Ms. Sogi explained her philosophy as, “Why fight each other?  More we talking each other, more we understanding each other.  Then peace.”

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Location Change: Takoyaki Party
Sep
30
3:00 PM15:00

Location Change: Takoyaki Party

This is JASI members only end of summer event.  We’re planning few games that we all can enjoy at the Park as well. 

 

Location: Please contact info@japaniowa.org to get the updated party location.

Date: Sunday, September 30th, 2018

Time: 3:00pm

 

*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).

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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
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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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)
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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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