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Taniguchi Japanese Garden and Sustainable Japanese Garden Design

The Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) invited two principal speakers from architecture and landscape engineering design firms to speak at the Zilker Botanical Garden Center Auditorium on Saturday, March 26, 2016.

Evan Taniguchi opened the event and talked about his grandfather, Isamu Taniguchi, who built the Taniguchi Japanese Garden.

Keiji Asakura talked about  the Japanese garden and its relevance in our American culture in the past, present and future - how it had helped shaped our landscape and horticulture in the past, how the idea is informing and shaping our design of public spaces today, and how it may transform our relationship with nature into a more sustainable path.
After the presentations, Evan led the participants out to the Taniguchi Garden to enjoy the plum, peach and cherry blossoms and the other plants there.
We had a good turnout with many Japanese garden supporters and Austin newcomers even though it was an Ester weekend.  
This speaker series was partially funded by a grant through CGP and supported by the Botanical Garden Center and Evan Taniguchi.  Thank you for your continued support and great interests in our activities.
Clcik the event reference page and photo album.

G.G. Jazz Piano Trio Concert

The Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) presents a jazz concert in Austin with three Japanese jazz players, alumnae of the Berklee College of Music, on Monday, March 21, 2016.  They are currently living in Tokyo, New York, and Austin.  JASGA is delighted to host their concert of creative, organic, and relaxing jazz music.                                    

Takana Miyamoto (P), Noriko Ueda (B), and Masumi Jones (Ds) formed a jazz piano trio called Groovin' Girls (G.G.) piano trio in Boston.  After the release of their first album, Piece of Cake, the group separated, making their way to Georgia, New York and Texas. After 15 years building their careers as musicians, the three members reunited at a studio in Tokyo in the summer of 2014. Rather than having lengthy conversations, they instantly started recording, reuniting and bonding together through their music. Their new album Ruby Road is a precious compilation; although each track has a theme, the recording focuses more on the trio's performance and sounds.

When:   March 21, 2016 7:30 pm (Doors open at 7:00 pm)
Where:  Boyd Vance Theatre CARVER Museum

             (at George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center)

              1165 Angelina St. Austin, TX 78702 [map]

Spring 2016 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 calligraphy classes at various levels in Austin.  Registration is now open!

At a glance

  • Class location this Spring 2016 - Anderson high school
  • The start date:  Wednesday,  1/27/2016 
  • 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 - 15 students
  • Experienced, native Japanese-speaking language instructors and a certified calligrapher with college degree holders 
  • Tailored private tutoring classes available
  • Offers Corporate Language Study Program
  • Kids Class (younger than 7 years old)
  • Registration Deadline:  Sunday, January 24, 2016

JASGA's Ninth Annual Japan fall Festival was a success!

2015 Aki Matsuri - 秋祭り        

JASGA's ninth Annual Japanese Fall Festival was a success!


Thanks to all those who helped us to make the ninth JASGA's Aki Matsuri - Japan Fall Festival 2015 - such a great success!
The effort  and dedication of all groups,  including performers, demonstrators, vendors, exhibitors, volunteers, Japanese language class student of JASGA and McCallum high school
 as well as the generosity of our festival sponsors, auction and prize donors, are much appreciated.


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



2015 Aki Matsuri Video Clip

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 surprise gifts and Silent Auction for items such as airline ticket to Japan, restaurants massage/spa gift certificates, Japanese art collections,  Anime & Festive goods, games,  Kimono, Obi, Kimono accessories, door prize, and more!  Those who wear Yukata, Kimono, cosplayedLorita, Harajuku, Tokyo street fashion participants are always welcome and Win the Fashion Contest!


Saturday, October 17, 2015                                                               

12:00-4:00 PM                         

O. Henry Middle School


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