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2017 Japan Fall Festival ~ JASGA's 11th Aki Matsuri

Come Join Us and Have Fun!
2017 Aki Matsuri 秋まつり
JASGA's 11th Annual Japan Fall Festival

Taiko drums, Japanese traditional buyo dance and festive dance, traditional musical instruments, the beauty of the Chanoyu presentation, Japanese martial arts, Okinawa traditional dance & taiko, and Anime Girls performance -- all this will bring the esthetic gifts of Japanese culture to Austin and Central Texas during the 2017 Japan Fall Festival ~ JASGA's 11th Aki Matsuri.

Visitors will enjoy a range of Japanese food and sweets, a drink sampler, Japanese arts, games, anime goods, a yukata booth, calligraphy, hands-on origami, and Japanese traditional and contemporary entertainment. In addition, there will be a Silent Auction for items such as an airline ticket to Japan, restaurants and massage/spa gift certificates, Japanese art collections, anime & festive goods, games, kimono, Obi sash, accessories, door prizes, and more!

Those who wear trendy Japanese fashions such as Tokyo street fashion, rorīta fashion, cosplay, and kimono or yukata participants are always welcome. You may win the Fashion Contest!

Saturday, November 4, 2017   
12:00-4:00 PM
O. Henry Middle School  (2610 W 10th St, Austin, TX 78703)

Free for JASGA members and 18 & younger
$5 for non-members

(Sign up for JASGA membership to receive free admission!)

The students who are taking Japanese language classes at McCallum and LASA high schools will operate the Japanese game corner. The students from Ellison high school visit us at the JASGA's Aki Matsuri every year.

Download or click on any of the Aki Matsuri Festival flyers and spread the word!

Flyer1   Flyer2   

JASGA thanks everyone who is sponsoring or has made donations for the 2017 Aki Matsuri. 

For festival sponsorship and/or donations to the Silent Auction,  download application form.

2017 Aki Matsuri Japan Fall Festival Sponsors: 

      

 

                    

 

2017 Fall Japanese Language and Shodo Programs

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

At a glance

Class location this Fall 2017 - Anderson High School
The start date: Wednesday, 9/13/2017
Levels from total beginner to advanced
12 meetings of 1-hour or 1.5-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 Program
Young kids class or Children/Teens class are avaialble
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 6, 2017

2017 Summer Japanese Language and Shodo Programs

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

At a glance

Class location this Summer 2017 - O. Henry Middle School
The start date: Wednesday, 5/3/2017
Levels from total beginner to advanced
10 meetings of 1-hour or 1.5-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 Program
Young kids class and Older children class are avaialble
Registration Deadline: Sunday, April 30, 2017

Traditional Cultural Arts in Japan: Chanoyu and Ikebana Hands-On Workshop

JASGA cultural program in April 2017 presents Japanese traditional arts - Chanoyu (tea ceremory) and Ikebana (flower arranging) hands-on workshop. This hands-on workshop will provide an introduction to Chanoyu (茶の湯), Japanese tea ceremony and ikebana (生け花), the Japanese art of flower arranging.

Date:  Saturday, April 15 2017
            Chanoyu (Tea Ceremony) 12:00-1:30 pm
            Ikebana (Flower Arranging) 2:00-3:30 pm

Place: Greene Room, Zilker Botanical Gardenn Center

Register for the Chanoyu and/or Ikebana Hands-On Workshop.

Limited Seating:  Advance Registration Required (to purchase matcha, sweets, or flowers and prepare the necessary utensils and tools in advance.)

The World Heritage Sites in Japan - Photography Exhibition and Opening Reception

世界遺産フォト展覧会
THE WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN JAPAN PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

Dates:  April 6 ~ April 21, 2017
Reception: Thursday, April 6 6:30pm
Venue: Tokyo Electron USA Lobby
Admission: Free   

https://vimeo.com/215337514 (videographer: Yu Otsuka)

Overview: In order to preserve humanity’s cultural heritage for future generations, the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Culture and Natural Heritage was adopted by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1972. The countries which ratified the treaty have pledged to protect and preserve the World Heritage Sites within their borders.

As of July 2016, 20 sites in Japan have been added to the World Heritage List: 16 cultural sites and 4 natural sites. In addition, the category of “intangible cultural heritage” has been created to preserve oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, and festival events. Recently, UNESCO declared washoku (Japanese cuisine) to be an intangible cultural heritage.  (Photo ©Kazuyoshi Miyoshi/PPS: Itsukushima‐jinja Shinto Shrine, Hiroshima)

The country’s mountainous geography and four distinct seasons mean that the physical environment of Japan can be harsh. The Japanese people have dwelt in harmony with this environment for millennia. The wooden architecture of Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, sacred and holy places for Japanese people, stands as a monument to this heritage of adaptability and harmony. From ancient times, Japanese have believed nature and all objects contain “神- kami” (spirits). We hope that the beautiful photographs by Kazuyoshi Miyoshi will enable you to feel the reverence inspired by these carefully preserved sites.  Download the Poster.   Download the Exhibition Flyer.

Spring 2017 Japanese Language and Shodo Programs

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

At a glance

Class location this Spring 2017 - Anderson High School
The start date: Wednesday, 1/25/2017
Levels from total beginner to advanced
12 meetings of 1-hour or 1.5-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 Program
Kids Class (younger than 6 years old)
Registration Deadline: Saturday, January 21, 2017