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Kimono Fashion Show & Origami Hands-on Activity

Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) presented a Kimono Fashoin Show at the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum.  We also hosted Japanese origami art tutorials in the garden and museum while engaging in other creative activities.

A kimono is a traditional Japanese garment which is still worn and beloved in Japan.  Exquisite Kimono of different styles, colors, and patterns worn by fifteen Japanese and Americans models were presented to the Austin and Central Texas communities.  Specific styles for children, adults, females, and male showed the generational versatility of Japan’s traditional garment. The show was offered at the UMLAUF Family Day on Sunday, April 6th, 2014.

Despite the rainy day, we had a pretty good crowd.   Thanks for your participation in the event and all of the volunteers including Origami, Kimono models, kimono dressing help, photographers, JASGA events & membership committees, and Umlafu Sculpture Garden and Museum!
Click on the image to see more photos.
Photos by Satoko Yuda
Photos by John Evance

Spring 2014 - Hiragana and Katakana Workshop


The mini-classes offer the beginning students of Japanese the opportunity to master quickly and efficiently the reading and writing of the two Japanese syllabaries, hiragana and katakana.

Spring 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!

At a glance

  • Class Locations in Austin
  • The start date:  Thu, 1/30 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
  • Registration Deadline: Sunday, January 26, 2013

Class Information

Beginning I - Austin 1/30-4/24  6:00-6:55 pm
Beginning II- Austin 1/30-4/24  6:00-6:55 pm
Beginning III - Austin 1/30-4/24  7:00-7:55 pm
Intermediate I - Austin 1/30-4/24  7:00-7:55 pm
Intermediate II - Austin 1/30-4/24  8:00-8:55 pm  
Pre-Advanced II - Austin 1/30-4/24  8:00-8:55 pm
Hiragana workshop 2/28/14 10:00am-12:00pm
Katakana workshop 3/01/14 10:00am-12:00pm

Additional Information

* No Classes : 3/13 for Austin ISD Spring break

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

Best Wishes for the New Year 2014!

Best Wishes for a Peaceful and Happy New Year!

お健やかに新年をお迎えのことと お慶び申し上げます。

JASGA's seventh Annual Japan Festival was a success!

2013 Aki Matsuri - 秋祭り

JASGA's seventh Annual Japan Festival was a success!


Many thanks to all those who helped us to make the seventh JASGA's Aki Matsuri -- Japan Fall Festival 2013 -- such a great success!
The effort and dedication of all groups,  including performers, demonstrators, vendors, exhibitors, photographers, Aki Matsuri volunteers, Japanese language class students from LASA (Liberal Arts and Sience Academy) and ACC (Austin Community College) as well as the generosity of our auction and prize donors, are much appreciated.

Click on each image to see more the 2013 Aki Matsuri photos.

         Bon Dance - (Photographer: Jil Dufour)                               Yukata photos (Hidehiko, Jill, Shannon)              


      Minyo Dance (Photos: Keiichi Yamamoto)                                    Food Booth (Photos: Shannon Holt)     

 Yukata photos 

LASA Jpn Class Students (photos: David Shimizu)           Chanoyu Presentation  (photos: Aleks Ortynski)


2013 Aki Matsuri - JASGA's 7th Japanese Fall Festival

Come Join Us!

2013 Aki Matsuri - 秋祭り
JASGA's seventh Annual Japanese Festival

Taiko drums, Japanese traditional and festive dance, traditional musical instruments, the beauty of the tea ceremony, Japanese martial arts, and Okinawan traditional dance -- all this will bring the esthetic gifts of Japanese culture to Austin and Central Texas during the 2013 Aki Matsuri, Japan Fall Festival.

Visitors will enjoy a range of Japanese food and sweets, drink sampler, art and pottery collections, Yukata photo booth, calligraphy, origami workshop, Japanese games and entertainment. In addition, there will be a Silent Auction for items such as airline tickets to Japan, gift certificates for Japanese restaurants, massage and face spa visits, art collections, pottery, Anime goods, games, film screening passes, Kimono, Obi, Kimono accessories, door prize, and more!    


Those fun, cosplayed and Lorita fashion participants are always welcome!