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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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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Sake Tasting
Nov
7
5:30 PM17:30

Sake Tasting

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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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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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

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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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