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2014 Aki Matsuri - Japan Fall Festivial

Come Join Us!

2014 Aki Matsuri - 秋祭り
JASGA's eighth 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 2014 Aki Matsuri, Japan Fall Festival.

Visitors will enjoy a range of Japanese food and sweets, drink sampler, art 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 a pair 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 who put on Yukata, Kimono, Matsuri Happi coats, cosplayed and Lorita fashion participants are always welcome!  Win the fashion contest, too!

 

Saturday, November 15, 2014                                                         Click on image to download the Flyer  

12:00-4:00 PM                         

O. Henry Middle School [map]

2610 W 10th St Austin TX 78703

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

For donation to Silent Auction, contact:

jasga-akimatsuri@jasga.org

2014 Aki Matsuri  Japanese Fall Festival 

SPONSORS:

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!

At a glance

  • Class location this Fall 2014 -  Lamar middle school
  • The start dates:  Tue, 9/9 and/or Wed, 9/10 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:  Saturday, September 6, 2014

Class Information

Beginning I - Austin 9/10-12/03  6:00-6:55 pm
Beginning II - Austin 9/10-12/03  7:00-7:55 pm
Beginning III - Austin 9/10-12/03  7:00-7:55 pm
Intermediate I - Austin 9/10-12/03  8:00-8:55 pm
Intermediate II - Austin 9/09-12/02  6:30-7:25 pm  
Intermediate III - Austin 9/10-12/03  6:00-6:55 pm
Pre-Advanced I - Austin 9/09-12/02  7:30-8:25 pm
Pre-Advanced IV/JLPT N3- Austin 9/10-12/03  8:00-8:55 pm
Shodo - Japanese Calligraphy 9/09-12/02  7:30-8:25 pm

Additional Information

* No Classes : November 25 & 26

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 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.

The first winning team, who shot a 65 in the 4-person scramble, was Sachiko Willoughby, Kenichi Tsukagoshi, James Dickerson, and Hajime Nakai. The second winning team, who shot a 65 was Joseph Kwon, San Kim, Mat Dargis, and Midori Withrow.
 
The "Longest Drive" winner was Joseph Kwon and the "Closest to the Pin" winner was Yuki Ueyama.
 
The third place team, who shot a 71, was Jim Willoughby, Shinako Yamanouchi, Ttsuneaki Kondo, and Yuki Ueymama. The fourth place team, who shot a 73, was Fumiaki Yamanouchi, Paseka Khabele, Tetsuya Tagawa, and Junji Matsumoto.
 
Have a look at the photo album from the tournament. 

Summer 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

  • New class location this summer -  Lamar middle school
  • The start date:  Tue, 5/13 or Wed, 5/14 in Austin
  • Levels from total beginner to advanced
  • 10 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:  Saturday, May 10, 2014

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 instructors, Kimono models, kimono dressing help, MC, photographers, JASGA events & membership committees, and UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum!
            Click on the photo to see the Album. 

          Photographer - Satoko Yuda
  

                                                                                                                                                    Photo by John Evance   

Spring 2014 - Hiragana and Katakana Workshop

LEARN TO READ AND WRITE HIRAGANA AND KATAKANA

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.