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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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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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

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  • 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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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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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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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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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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