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Summer 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 Summer 2015 -  Lamar middle school
  • The  start dates:  Wed 5/13 and/or Thu, 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
  • Offers Corporate Language Study Program
  • Summer Kids Class (younger than 8 years old)
  • Registration Deadline:  Monday, May 11, 2015

Class Information

Beginning I - Austin 5/13-7/29  6:00-6:55 pm
Beginning II - Austin 5/13-7/29  7:00-7:55 pm
Beginning III - Austin 5/13-7/29  8:00-8:55 pm
Beginning IV - Austin 5/13-7/29  6:00-6:55 pm
Intermediate III - Austin 5/13-7/29  7:00-7:55 pm 
Pre-Advanced II - Austin 5/13-7/30  8:00-8:55 pm
Advanced I - Austin 5/14-7/30  8:00-8:55 pm
Shodo - Japanese Calligraphy 5/13-7/29  7:00-7:55 pm*
Intermediate II - Austin 5/14-7/30  7:00-7:55 pm
Summer Japanese for Kids 5/14 - 6/4   5:00-5:55 pm

Additional Information

No Classes : June 24-25 & July 1-2,  *Shodo class only: 5/27, 6/3-6/17, 6/24 & 7/1

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.)

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
                                                                                                      
                     
 
 

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

JASGA's Eighth Annual Japan Festival was a success!

2014 Aki Matsuri - 秋祭り

JASGA's eighth Annual Japan Festival was a success!

 

Many thanks to all those who helped us to make the eighth JASGA's Aki Matsuri - Japan Fall Festival 2014 - such a great success!
 
The effort  and dedication of all groups,  including performers, demonstrators, vendors, exhibitors,  Aki Matsuri volunteers, 
Japanese language class students of  JASGA,  Mccllum and St. Stephen's high school as well as the generosity of our festival sponsors, auction and prize donors, are much appreciated.

 

Please click here / here to view photos from the Festival.                                   

  

Aki Matsuri Video Clips

2014 Japan Fall Festival Highlight by Yuta Yamaguchi

2014 Akimatsuri video clip 1 by Keiichi Yamamoto

Performers and Presenters:

太鼓 Japanese Drums | Austin Taiko

茶の湯   Tea Demonstration| Sheila Fling (Tea name: Soshin

日本舞踊・民謡踊り  Japanese Traditional & Festive Dance | Tubomi & Austin Japanese Minyo Dance group   (special guest: Canyon Creek Elementary Multicultural Fair Japanese performers)

沖縄舞踊  Okinawa Traditional Dance | Setsuko KuniyoshiMiyagi-ryu Nosho-kai Ryukyu Dance School

居合道  Iaido - Japanese Martial Arts | Shinshin-ryu Iai-jutsu Dojo

剣道   Kendo - Japanese Martial Arts UT Kendo Club & Austin Kendo Doshikai 

 

2014 Aki Matsuri Sponsors:         

ANA    Asahi   Coco's Cafe      TV Japan   

 

2014 Aki Matsuri - Japan Fall Festival

Come Join Us!

2014 Aki Matsuri - 秋祭り