Soten Taiko


The Japan America Society of Iowa provides community outreach events to demonstrate Japanese musical instruments, Taiko (Japanese traditional drum), calligraphy, tea ceremony and Kimono (Japanese traditional costume) at local schools and other Iowa community organizations or companies. Please use this website to find more information about Japanese culture, our organization’s history, and upcoming events and activities.

How to Get Involved

Join a committee, come to the meetings, visit us at one of our events or contact us if you have something specific in mind. Just have fun!

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JASI holds monthly meetings. These are open to the public and we welcome anyone who would like to join us. Come meet us, see the opportunities we have, and expand your understanding of Japanese culture.

If you can't make it, don't like larger groups or just want to talk to someone first, please click here to get in contact with us! 

Soten Taiko


Soten Taiko is central Iowa's only taiko drumming group. The name of the group translates as "Blue Sky” Taiko. Our goal is to share the ancient sounds of taiko drumming under the blue skies of Iowa. The group, which is part of the Japan America Society of Iowa, began in March of 2011 with the idea to introduce and share the traditional Japanese art form with the community. Starting with only two Taiko drums, the group has gradually added more Taiko Drums, Japanese instruments, and the Japanese Lion Dance, or Shishimai. The group has performed at a number of events, such as IAA Asian Heritage Festival, school and community cultural events, and corporate gatherings.

General Practice
Sundays from 1:00pm to 2:45pm

Wednesdays from 8:00pm to 9:00pm

The JASI Taiko club practice at the Des Moines DanzArts Studio in West Des Moines. We play traditional and original Taiko compositions. Anyone is welcome to join the Taiko Club to learn how to play Japanese Taiko Drums, while having a fun workout and have a chance to perform in dozens of events in the community. If drumming is not for you, but you would still like to participate, we play other percussion instruments and fue (Japanese flute), as well.