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2015 Aki Matsuri - Japan Fall Festival

Come Join Us!

2015 Aki Matsuri 秋まつり

JASGA's Ninth Annual Japanese Festival

Taiko drums, Japanese traditional and festive dance, traditional musical instruments, the beauty of the Chanoyu 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 2015 Aki Matsuri, Japan Fall Festival.

Visitors will enjoy a range of Japanese food and sweets, drink sampler, arts and Japanese goods, Yukata booth, calligraphy, origami hands-on, Japanese games and entertainment. In addition, there will be a Raffle and Silent Auction for items such as restaurants massage/spa gift certificates, Japanese art collections,  Anime & Festive goods, games, film screening passes, Kimono, Obi, Kimono accessories, door prize, and more!  Those who wear Yukata, Kimono, Matsuri Happi coats, cosplayed and Lorita, Harajuku, Tokyo street fashion participants are always welcome and Win the fashion contest!


Saturday, October 17, 2015                                                               Click on image to download the Flyer  

12:00-4:00 PM                         

O. Henry Middle School


Free for JASGA members & under 18
$5 for non-members


The students who are taking Japanese language classes at McClain and LASA will operate the Japanese game corner.


Download the Aki Matsuri - Festival flyer.


JASGA thanks everyone who will donate generously to our Fall Festival! 


For festival sponsorship and/or donations to Silent Auction, contact:  jasga-akimatsuri@jasga.org

2015 Aki Matsuri Japanese Fall Festival SPONSORS:

ASAHI, Coco's Cafe, Ms. Megumi Sakurai


Fall 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 Fall 2015 - Anderson high school
  • The start date:  Wednesday,  9/16/2015 
  • Levels from total beginner to advanced
  • 12 meetings of 1-hour classes, once per week
  • Hiragana and Katakana workshop
  • Business Japanese (Advanced)
  • 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
  • Kids Class (younger than 7 years old)
  • Registration Deadline:  Sunday, September 13, 2015

Class Information

Beginning I - Austin 9/16-12/9  6:30-7:30 pm
Beginning II - Austin 9/16-12/9  7:30-8:30 pm
Beginning III - Austin 9/16-12/9  6:30-7:30 pm
Intermediate I - Austin 9/16-12/9  6:30-7:30 pm
Intermediate IV - Austin 9/16-12/9  7:30-8:30 pm 
Shodo - Japanese Calligraphy 9/16-12/9  7:30-8:30 pm
Pre-Advanced II - Austin 9/16-12/9  7:00-8:00 pm
Advanced I - Austin 9/16-12/9  8:00-9:00 pm
Japanese for Kids 9/23-11/18  5:00-5:55pm

Additional Information

No Classes : November 25, 2015


We invite you to participate in the 4th US-Japan Friendship Golf Tournament as a sponsor or player on Sunday, August 16, 2015.  Join us for a summer day of golf and networking for building relationship between Japanese and Americans in Austin and Central Texas.

This tournament will provide a chance to meet golfers and their colleagues or friends in Austin and Central Texas communities.  All skill levels are welcomed! 

When:   Sunday, August 16, 2015
             8:00am  Shotgun Start (Reception starts@7:00am)
             12:45 - 2:00pm (Lunch & Prizes)
Where:  Avery Ranch Golf Club
             10500 Avery Club Drive Austin, TX 78717 [map]
Tournament Format: 4-player Best Ball

Koto and Shakuhachi Concert  筝・尺八コンサート

The Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) presents a concert featuring the Japanese traditional instruments instruments koto (harp) and shakuhachi (flute) on Sunday, June 28th at 3:00 pm.

The featured performers are Yoko Reikano Kimura (koto) and James Nyoraku Schlefer (shakuhachi).  This is a rare opportunity to see an intimate Japanese traditional musical performance in Austin.

When:    Sunday, June 28, 2015 @3:00-4:15 pm (Door open @2:30pm
Where:   St. Matthew's Episcopal Church   8134 Mesa Drive Austin, TX 78759 
Admission: $10 JASGA Members, $15 Non-Members  (Children under 7 Free)

Reserve online before the concert. 
Seating is on a first come first served basis. 
Tickets are also available at the door ($15)   Donations are greatly appreciated.  

Download the flyer.                                                                                         

About the Artists:

Award Dinner 2015 was a success!

Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters who have made our First Award Dinner Gala a success!

Sunday, March 1, 2015
VIP Reception: 4:00 pm
General Reception & Silent Auction: 4:30 pm
Dinner Program: 5:30 pm
Vintage Villas Hotel & Events 
(Overlooking Lake Travis)
Black tie optional

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

Vintage Villas Hotel & Events 
(Overlooking Lake Travis)

Bridges to Friendship Award Recipient       
Keynote Speaker                            Opening Guest Speaker                    Shamisen &Vocal            
Dr. William Tsutsui                           Keiji Asakura                               Sumie Kaneko
 Sponsor this event!