The Idaho Japanese Association (IJA) was founded on January 1, 2008 by five volunteers in Boise, Idaho. By March of 2009, it was officially registered as a non profit corporation (registered name: Idaho Japanese Association, Inc.) with the State of Idaho and has now grown to over 300 members.  Throughout each year, the IJA participates in many cultural events throughout Boise to share our Japanese heritage and tradition such as “Idaho Japan Day” and our two event highlights: Japanese New Year Party and our Summer Barbeque.

There’s a  growing interest about Japan and many people are looking for opportunity to learn more. We are working hard to create fun events to experience Japan to our wonderful Treasure Valley community we live in.

Mission Statement:

  • To improve communication among Japanese people in Idaho and promote communication among local people who are interested in Japanese culture.
  • To educate people in Idaho about Japanese culture.


Membership is free. We currently have about 300 people on our e-mail list. Our registration is open to all the nationalities, so if you are interested in Japan, please register from here.


Our operation depends solely on fundraising activities and donations. Please consider supporting us from here. We are always looking for volunteers and all the form of donations. If you have anything you can donate to us, please contact us.

Current board members:

Naho Nakashima(President)
Motoko West (Vice President)
Maki Jackson (Secretary)
Sonia West (Treasury)
Miki Kurosawa
Yuriko Matsumoto
Hisashi Tatsumi
Naoya Yuda

Leave a Reply