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30th Anniversary Celebration

  • Grand View University Student Center 2811 East 14th Street Des Moines, Iowa 50316 (map)

“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: