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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
  • 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
  • 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 TBD  5:00-5:50 pm

Additional Information

No Classes : November 25, 2015

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

THE 4th JASGA FRIENDSHIP GOLF TOURNAMENT

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 - 2:15pm (Lunch & Prizes)
Where:  Avery Ranch Golf Club
             10500 Avery Club Drive Austin, TX 78717 [map]
Tournament Format: 4-player Best Ball and make four or five teams. 

REGISTER tournament 

The fee includes green fee, golf cart, warm-up practice balls, professional service, prizes, and lunch & beverages.
 
The tournament discounts are available to all Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGAGeneral Members and employees of Corporate Members  (The benefit offers depends on the corporate membership level.)

JASGA Membership Information:  Sign up for our Membership!

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
                                                                   
SCHEDULE:
VIP Reception: 4:00 pm
General Reception & Silent Auction: 4:30 pm
Dinner Program: 5:30 pm
 
VENUE:
Vintage Villas Hotel & Events 
(Overlooking Lake Travis)
4209 Eck Lane Austin, TX 78734
 
DRESS ATTIRE:
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

 

SCHEDULE

VIP Reception: 4:00 pm

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

Adela Uchida, Mistress of Ceremony

VENUE 

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
                                                                                                      
                     
 
 
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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