When: Sat., Aug. 30, 12-2 p.m. 2014
The Idaho Japanese Association describes itself as "cultural volunteers, sharing our Japanese heritage and traditions within Idaho schools and organizations ... a network, where other expatriate Japanese can find friendship, visa advice and support while living in Idaho." IJA doesn't limit its cultural sharing to Japanese people only, though. Not only is membership open to any nationality, IJA's annual Japan Day is an opportunity for the organization to share Japanese culture in a fun, informal setting. On Saturday, Aug. 30, you won't need a ticket to Tokyo to experience the Land of the Rising Sun: The Basque Center is turning Japanese from noon to 2 p.m. with the sights, sounds and tastes of Japan. See the arts of ikebana (flower arranging), calligraphy and origami, and the martial arts of aikido and kendo; listen to Japanese taiko and koto music; eat some sushi and shop the Japanese flea market.