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Award Dinner and Silent Auction 2015

Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) invites you to join us for the JASGA's first Award Dinner.  This international event brings together the Japanese and American communities to recognize leaders in the field of U.S.-Japan friendship relations. The gala will take place in the early evening on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at the Vintage Villas Hotel & Events. 
Please join us with our Honorary Director, Nozomu Takaoka, Consul-General of Japan in Houston, and our special sponsor of the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, as we pay tribute to our first distinguished recipient.  Dr. WilliamTsutsui, who will receive the Bridges to Friendship Award and will be our keynote speaker.  Mr. Keiji Asakura, landscape architect, planner, and urban designer will be our opening speaker. Ms. Sumie Kaneko will perform Japanese traditional shamisen and vocal music.
Sunday, March 1, 2015



VIP Reception: 4:00 pm

General Reception & Silent Auction: 4:30 pm
Dinner Program: 5:30 pm

Adela Uchida, Mistress of Ceremony


Vintage Villas Hotel & Events 
(Overlooking Lake Travis)
4209 Eck Lane Austin, TX 78734

Bridges to Friendship Award Recipient &
Keynote Speaker
Dr. William Tsutsui            


Opening Guest Speaker                                         Shamisen & Vocal                
Keiji Asakura                                                          Sumie Kaneko
JASGA Award Dinner and Silent Auction 2015
To register for Award Dinner and Silent Auction 2015, click Here or Ticket.  
If you would like to pay for the ticket by check, please make the check payable to JASGA and mail it to (by Wednesday, February 25, 2015):
Japan-America Society of Greater Austin
PO Box 9276
Austin, TX 78766
Silent Auction
JASGA is seeking donations for the Silent Auction that will be held at the Award Dinner on March 1 at 4:30 pm.  Popular items include Japanese plates, kimono, kimono accessories, artisan gifts, event tickets, and gift certificates.
All contributions are fully tax deductible. Proceeds will support our cultural and educational programs.
To donate, please submit the donation items by February 28th.  For more information, please contact info@jasga.org.

Spring 2015 Japanese Language Program

Thank you for your interest in Japan-America Society of Greater Austin Japanese Language Classes.  We currently offer Japanese language class at various levels in Austin. Registration is now open!

At a glance

  • Class location this Spring 2015 -  Lamar middle school
  • The start dates:  Wed 1/28 and/or Wed, 1/29 in Austin
  • Levels from total beginner to advanced
  • 12 meetings of 1-hour classes, once per week
  • Hiragana and Katakana workshop
  • Functional Japanese
  • Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) preparatory course
  • Classes of 5 - 12 students
  • Experienced, native Japanese-speaking instructors and college degree holders 
  • Tailored private tutoring classes available
  • Offers Corporate Language Study Program
  • Registration Deadline:  Friday, January 23, 2015

Class Information

Beginning I - Austin 1/28-4/22  6:00-6:55 pm
Beginning I - Austin 1/28-4/22  8:00-855 pm
Beginning II - Austin 1/28-4/22  7:00-7:55 pm
Beginning III - Austin 1/28-4/22  6:00-6:55 pm
Intermediate I - AusItin 1/29-4/22  6:00-7:55 pm
Intermediate II - Austin 1/28-4/22  8:00-8:55 pm 
Pre-Advanced I - Austin 1/28-4/22  7:00-7:55 pm
Pre-Advanced II - Austin 1/29-4/23  7:00-7:55 pm
Pre-Advanced V/Adv I - Austin 1/29-4/23  8:00-8:55 pm
Shodo - Japanese Calligraphy 1/29-4/23  7:00-7:55 pm

Additional Information

* No Classes : March 18 & 19

Language Class discounts are available to all Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) General Members and employees of Corporate Members (The benefit offers depends on the corporate membership level.)

JASGA's Eighth Annual Japan Festival was a success!

2014 Aki Matsuri - 秋祭り

JASGA's eighth Annual Japan Festival was a success!


Many thanks to all those who helped us to make the eighth JASGA's Aki Matsuri - Japan Fall Festival 2014 - such a great success!
The effort  and dedication of all groups,  including performers, demonstrators, vendors, exhibitors,  Aki Matsuri volunteers, 
Japanese language class students of  JASGA,  Mccllum and St. Stephen's high school as well as the generosity of our festival sponsors, auction and prize donors, are much appreciated.

Click on each image to see more the 2014 Aki Matsuri photos.                                                     

            Matsuri Poster & Program                                               Yukata Booth (Photo by Masa Takino)

Satoko Yuda  Stephan Drawe                               Bon Dance  (Photo by Satoko Yuda)                               Austin Taiko (Photo by Stephan Drawe)


Aki Matsuri Video Clips

2014 Japan Fall Festival Highlight by Yuta Yamaguchi

2014 Akimatsuri video clip 1 by Keiichi Yamamoto

Performers and Presenters:

太鼓 Japanese Drums | Austin Taiko

茶の湯   Tea Demonstration| Sheila Fling (Tea name: Soshin

日本舞踊・民謡踊り  Japanese Traditional & Festive Dance | Tubomi & Austin Japanese Minyo Dance group   (special guest: Canyon Creek Elementary Multicultural Fair Japanese performers)

沖縄舞踊  Okinawa Traditional Dance | Setsuko KuniyoshiMiyagi-ryu Nosho-kai Ryukyu Dance School

居合道  Iaido - Japanese Martial Arts | Shinshin-ryu Iai-jutsu Dojo

剣道   Kendo - Japanese Martial Arts UT Kendo Club & Austin Kendo Doshikai 


2014 Aki Matsuri Sponsors:         

ANA    Asahi   Coco's Cafe      TV Japan   


2014 Aki Matsuri - Japan Fall Festival

Come Join Us!

2014 Aki Matsuri - 秋祭り

Fall 2014 Japanese Language Program

Thank you for your interest in Japan-America Society of Greater Austin Japanese Language Classes.  We currently offer Japanese language class at various levels in Austin. Registration is now open!

The Third JASGA Friendship Golf Tournament a Success!

The Japan-America Society of Greater Austin hosted the third JASGA Friendship Golf Tournament at Balcones Country Club on Sunday, May 18,2014. This tournament is intended to provide an opportunity for friendship among the players, their family members and friends in Austin and Central Texas communities.