Manabiya Iowa

Language School / Helping Iowans & Their Japanese Friends Speak the Same Language

Manabiya IOWA, the Japanese Language School of Iowa, was launched in spring of 2012 as an educational program of the Japan America Society of Iowa. Local members of the Japanese community committed to creating Manabiya IOWA because they saw the value of carrying on Japanese culture and traditions for future generations and in promoting diversity in the Des Moines area. The program is offered for both Japanese children and any children who wish to learn Japanese language and its culture.



The vision of the school is to help youngsters to grow up to be the global leaders who are open-minded and respectful of differences. Manabiya IOWA hopes its students will become a bridge between Japan, the United States, and beyond. The school’s mission is to provide a safe and comfortable environment where students can learn Japanese culture and language. Manabiya IOWA works to accomplish its mission by providing these undertakings:

  1. To offer Japanese language lesson every Saturday

  2. To Provide numerous opportunities for experiencing Japanese culture and daily-living

  3. To support the Japanese community by offering annual events, a Japanese library, and assistance for other needs


Classes meet every Saturday morning, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm in West Des Moines. The unique curriculum is structured by a language-specific lesson and a theme-learning lesson. The language-specific lessons allow students to gain four main communication skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The theme-learning lessons help students to improve their independency, teamwork, and leadership skills.

Please contact us if you are interested in more information about Manabiya IOWA or if you would like to schedule an observation.