Aug
26
9:30am 9:30am

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
10:30am10:30am

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
2:00pm 2:00pm

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
12:30pm12:30pm

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
7:00pm 7:00pm

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
7:00pm 7:00pm

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
7:00pm 7:00pm

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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