2019 CelebrAsian

Japanese Village is the featured village this year!!  

As always, 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.  There will be lots more additional Japanese performance and presentation.

Here is the list of performances and demonstrations you'd not want to miss:

  • Raccoon Valley Kendo Club, Kendo demonstration - Friday, 5/24 (starting at 2:30pm) at the small stage.

  • Opening Ceremony - Saturday, 5/25 (between 11:00am - 11:45am) - Remember!  We're the featured village this year, so Soten Taiko is performing and we're going to kick-off this day with Japanese Mikoshi.  at the main stage.

  • Victoria Alfano dance performance, Manabiya Iowa Kids dance performance, and Soten Taiko Performance - Saturday, 5/25 (2:00pm - 3:00pm) at the main stage.

  • Soten Taiko Performance - Saturday, 5/25 (5:30pm - 6:00pm) at the small stage.

  • Kimono Fashion Show - Saturday, 5/25 (approx. 5 - 6pm) at the main stage.


Volunteer Opportunities Date/Timeframe and brief task descriptions:

  • Thursday, 5/23, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

    • Event site set-up

  • Friday, 5/24, 8:00am - 10:00pm

    • Food Tent prep, cook, serving, and cleaning

    • Gift Tent prep, item sale, and customer service

  • Saturday, 5/25, 9:00am - 10:00pm

    • Food Tent prep, cook, serving, and cleaning

    • Gift Tent prep, item sale, customer service, and clean-up

  • Sunday, 5/26, Noon - 2:00pm

    • JASI event supplies clean-up and put them in storage.


Thank you for your generous gift of time and talent, and being part of this wonderful organization. 😉 
If you’re interested, please contact info@japaniowa.org

Event Location: Western Gateway Park – Downtown Des Moines
Date: Friday, May 24th& Saturday, May 25th
Time: 11:00AM - 10:00PM

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