The Kyoto International Woodprint Association was formed in 1997 by Mr Richard Keith Steiner and the students of his Steiner Print Workshop in Kyoto. Meetings of the Executive Board have been held nearly every month; there are now over 125 meetings. In the spring and fall, the Distinguished Speakers series are conducted or a tour is arranged. Annual Members' Meetings are usually in December. A 14 page newsletter, KIWANews, was published once a year for several years; now, we publish KIWA TOPICS three or four times a year.

Membership is open to anyone, whether a printmaker or not, who is interested in KIWA's purpose to hold competitions and to build up a collection of contemporary woodblock prints. Membership is annual and includes an original print by Mr Steiner, invitations to KIWA events and a KIWATOPICS subscription. Payment is easiest by International Postal Money Order or PayPal, either one made out to Richard Steiner. Checks can be sent to Chase Bank in America, made out to Richard Steiner (account number: 000004221440532)