South Carolina organizations

Japan - America Association of South Carolina

The Japan-America Association of South Carolina (JAASC) is a state-wide, volunteer-run non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening bonds of friendship and understanding between the people of South Carolina and Japan. We coordinate social, educational, and cultural exchanges that benefit our business and residential communities.

South Carolina Kyudo Renmei

The South Carolina Kyudo Renmei (federation) is the governing body for Kyudo in South Carolina. We are a charter member of the American Kyudo Renmei and recognized by the All Japan Kyudo Renmei. We exist to promote and facilitate the growth of Kyudo.

Greenville Kendo Club

We are a non-profit style organization and the member dues help to support dojo operating cost including rental fee to Knights of Sienna Fencing Academy, YMCA and other expenses. Kendo, is the art of Japanese fencing. "Ken" or tsurugi is from the character meaning sword. The character for "Do" or michi includes the meaning way or path which translates as "The way of the sword". A path in life which is followed through the training of kendo. (Excerpt from AUSKF) It is a balanced exercise that coordinates foot, sword, body, breath, and voice. While regular practice will condition the body, it takes time to develop the mental control needed to master the seemingly simple techniques. And it is with this mental alertness that anyone can overcome any opponent and become a great Kenshi.

South Carolina Ki Aikido

South Carolina Ki Aikido strives to promote personal well-being and harmony in daily life for all its members through martial arts training, specifically Ki Development and Shinshin Toitsu Aikido as taught by Soshu Koichi Tohei and his successor Kaichou Shinichi Tohei (Chairman and President). The skills taught in Ki and Aikido are applicable to physical balance and centering, mental focus and calmness. Improving these aspects of one's life leads students to achieve their full potential in the classroom, at work, in athletics, the performing arts, and in daily life.

Ikenobo Ikebana Blue Ridge Chapter

Our chapter consists of individuals who are at all levels of study, from novice to professors of Ikenobo. We are all learning together the beautiful art of Ikebana through studying with our senseis (instructors), workshops with visiting professors, and through demonstrations of styles and our practicing these styles at our monthly meetings. We would love to have you join us. Visitors are always welcome.

Ikebana International Asheville Chapter

Ikebana International in Asheville serves individuals and groups in Western North Carolina through the study of the Japanese art of flower design and culture by providing and participating in educational programs, exhibitions, and events. Our purpose is to build awareness of Ikebana design throughout Western North Carolina, to inspire appreciation for the beauty of flowers, and to enjoy the journey of exploration, education and friendship found in Ikebana practice. Our goals are to build knowledge and enjoyment of Ikebana in our community, educate and grow our membership, and recognize the work of our volunteers.

Studio Moon Sumi-e Art

Studio Moon Art is centered around the talents of Yoshiko, a "High Master" in Sumi painting, who received her license in 1995. After moving to South Carolina in 1998, Yoshiko began teaching at Clemson University and Furman University, sharing her expertise in this ancient art form. Her commitment to teaching is reflected in her involvement with many South Carolina schools and institutions, including a 17-year tenure in the SC Art Commission "Artist in Residence" program. Yoshiko's curriculum encompasses various elements of Japanese art and culture, including kimono, tea ceremony, calligraphy, origami, paper marbling, and paper making. She also offers teacher workshops and private lessons

The Carolina Kimono Club

We are a loose association of agreeable people who endeavor to enjoy and share the beauty of kimono.