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Fall 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 class at various levels in Austin.  Registration is now open!

At a glance

  • Class location this Fall 2016 - Anderson High School
  • The start date:  Wednesday,  9/21/2016 
  • 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 - 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 6 years old)
  • Registration Deadline:  Monday, September 19, 2016

Class Information

Beginning I - Austin 9/21-12/14  6:00-7:00pm
Beginning II - Austin 9/21-12/14  7:00-8:00pm
Beginning III - Austin 9/21-12/14  7:00-8:00pm
Intermediate I - Austin 9/21-12/14  6:00-7:30pm
Intermediate II - Austin 9/21-12/14  7:30-9:00pm
Intermediate IV - Austin 9/21-12/14  6:00-7:30pm
Pre-Advanced III - Austin 9/21-12/14  6:00-7:30pm
Shodo Japanese Calligraphy 9/21-12/14  7:30-9:00pm
Japanese for Kids 10/4-11/29  4:30-5:30pm
   

Additional Information

No Classes : November 23, 2016

Language Class discounts are available to all Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGAGeneral Members and employees of Corporate Members.

(Note 1)  The benefit offers depends on the corporate membership level.
(Note 2)  The fees for AISD facility use have increased by 50% since September 1, 2016.

End of Summer Classical Music Concert

In late summer of 2016, Japan-America Society of Greater Austin hosted the End of Summer Classical Music Concert with a young piano, cello and violin trio. We also invited a bright, talented guest pianist.  JASGA was delighted to host the performance by these promising young musicians. We would like to thank everyone who attended the Sunday afternoon concert.  All of us surely enjoyed their music.

Young classical musicians are:
Trio:  Yurina Umekawa (Piano), Daniel Meglino (Cello), Laoise Matsumoto (Violin)
Guest Pianist:  Eddie Yoshida
* Ave Maria: accompanied by Gelsomina Megiino-piano
* Violin solo: accompanied by Kiyoshi Tamagawa-piano

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

Please also enjoy the concert video.  

This concert is sponsored by: Anne Akiko Meyers (JASGA Lifetime & Bronze member @anneakikomeyers.com) and Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (@jasga.org).

Thank you again for the wonderful performance and supporting young musicians!

"I had no idea that when I began violin lessons at 4 years old, music would so deeply influence and enrich my entire life. It has introduced me to many different cultures and wonderful relationships, all from learning this uniquely powerful universal language. I am so thrilled to know that music is a part of all your lives and wish you much success. 
Stay humble and feel gratitude and appreciation as your commitment to creating something beautiful will help carry you throughout your life." --- by Anne Akiko Meyers

Summer 2016 Japanese Language and Shodo Programs

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

At a glance

  • Class location this Summer 2016 - Hill Elementary School (One World Schools: Global Scholars, Global Action and Global Cultures, Foreign Language Experience)
  • The start dates:  Wed 5/11 in Austin (Shodo: Wed, 5/4)
  • Levels from total beginner to advanced
  • 12 sessions of 1-hour classes, once a week  (Shodo: 8 sessions)
  • Hiragana and Katakana workshop (TBD)
  • Functional Japanese
  • Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) preparatory course
  • Classes of 5 - 15 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 9, 2016

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.

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