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JASGA's Ninth Annual Japan Festival was a success!

2015 Aki Matsuri - 秋祭り        

JASGA's ninth Annual Japan 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.                                 



Aki Matsuri Video Clip

Performers and Presenters:

太鼓 Japanese Drums | Austin Taiko

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

誠道塾空手道  Japanese Traditional Seido Karate | Sun Dragon Martial Arts and Self Defense

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

日本舞踊・民謡踊り  Japanese Traditional & Festive Dance | Tubomi & Austin Japanese Folk Dance group 

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

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

2015 Aki Matsuri Sponsors

  Megumi Sakurai     ANA       Asahi   

  Megumi Sakurai

Food Vendors                                         Arts Vendors

                          Animania             Kyoto Weddings


2015 Exhibitors

Anime Austin         Yakult                        


Silent Auction and Prize Donors:

All Nippon Airways | Animania | Aya Koga Coco’s Cafe | Dragon Lair Comics and Fantasy Hana World Market | IACE Travel | iFly World  John Evans | Kako Ito | Kome Sushi Kitchen Kyoto Weddings Masumi Jones G.G. Matsumoto Ruku | Megumi Sakurai Musashino Sushi Dokoro | Terra Toys | Races2U | Ramen Tatsu-Ya | Uchi + Uchiko  | Japan-America Society of Greater Austin                                                                                                                 

2015 Akimatsuri Program    

Click on the image to download the program.  (created by John Schellenberg)

JASAGA Corporate Members and Partners

Tokyo Electron  Plutinum Bridge Builder
Charles Maund Toyota  Silver Bridge Builder
Buffalo Americas Inc.  Bronze Bridge Builder   

Mitsui Sumitomo Marine Management (U.S.A.) Bronze Bridge Builder                                           

CoCo's Cafe   Bronze Bridge Builder 
Asahi Imports  
Ramen Tatsu-ya  Entrepreneur 
Harmony Real Estate  Entrepreneur 
Pure Bikram Yoga  Entrepreneur
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co  Entrepreneur

TexHealth Central Texas   NPO
Aikido and Martial Arts Dojo NPO
Abacus Brain Gym  Friend

2015 Fall Festival Volunteers

Masumi Jones, John Evans, David Wire, Frieda Pangestu, Adam Meester, William Groot, Joshua Krupp, Jamie Marmor, George Smith, Mary Feng, Paul Conrad, Stephen Sebastian, Kenichi Ono, Satoko Yuda, Keiichi Yamamoto, Jeremy Dunegan, Chiaki Krupp, Kai Jones, Shoji MaedaChifumi Maeda, Yoko Morgan, Atusko Parker, Kyoko Guihan, Hiroko Miller, Andrew Marmor, John Schellenberg, Kaitlin Billiot, Sophia Suffredini, Calena Kovar, Jessica Wheless, Lochlyn McClure, Toshio Nishida,  Aya Koga, Susie Claywell, Shunsuke Maeno, Jessica Dunegan (flyer)  (half time: Kyoko Kushiro, Julie Sladcik, Sally Ng, Kevin Dedon)
Special thanks to those who helped with the preparation for JASGA Fall festival! 
(John Schellenberg, John Evans, Stephen Sebastian)  Kako Ito

Thank you again and we'd love to see you all at 2016 Aki Matsuri ~ Japanese Fall Festival!

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

  • Class location this Fall 2015 - Anderson high school
  • The start date:  Wednesday,  9/16/2015 
  • Levels from total beginner to advanced
  • 12 meetings of 1-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 7 years old)
  • Registration Deadline:  Sunday, September 13, 2015

Class Information

Beginning I - Austin 9/16-12/9  6:30-7:30 pm
Beginning II - Austin 9/16-12/9  7:30-8:30 pm
Beginning III - Austin 9/16-12/9  6:30-7:30 pm
Intermediate I - Austin 9/16-12/9  6:30-7:30 pm
Intermediate IV - Austin 9/16-12/9  7:30-8:30 pm 
Shodo - Japanese Calligraphy 9/16-12/9  7:30-8:30 pm
Pre-Advanced II - Austin 9/16-12/9  7:00-8:00 pm
Advanced I - Austin 9/16-12/9  8:00-9:00 pm
Japanese for Kids 9/23-11/18  5:00-5:55pm

Additional Information

No Classes : November 25, 2015


We invite you to participate in the 4th US-Japan Friendship Golf Tournament as a sponsor or player on Sunday, August 16, 2015.  Join us for a summer day of golf and networking for building relationship between Japanese and Americans in Austin and Central Texas.

This tournament will provide a chance to meet golfers and their colleagues or friends in Austin and Central Texas communities.  All skill levels are welcomed! 

When:   Sunday, August 16, 2015
             8:00am  Shotgun Start (Reception starts@7:00am)
             12:45 - 2:00pm (Lunch & Prizes)
Where:  Avery Ranch Golf Club
             10500 Avery Club Drive Austin, TX 78717 [map]
Tournament Format: 4-player Best Ball

Koto and Shakuhachi Concert  筝・尺八コンサート

The Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) presents a concert featuring the Japanese traditional instruments instruments koto (harp) and shakuhachi (flute) on Sunday, June 28th at 3:00 pm.

The featured performers are Yoko Reikano Kimura (koto) and James Nyoraku Schlefer (shakuhachi).  This is a rare opportunity to see an intimate Japanese traditional musical performance in Austin.

When:    Sunday, June 28, 2015 @3:00-4:15 pm (Door open @2:30pm
Where:   St. Matthew's Episcopal Church   8134 Mesa Drive Austin, TX 78759 
Admission: $10 JASGA Members, $15 Non-Members  (Children under 7 Free)

Reserve online before the concert. 
Seating is on a first come first served basis. 
Tickets are also available at the door ($15)   Donations are greatly appreciated.  

Download the flyer.                                                                                         

About the Artists:

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
VIP Reception: 4:00 pm
General Reception & Silent Auction: 4:30 pm
Dinner Program: 5:30 pm
Vintage Villas Hotel & Events 
(Overlooking Lake Travis)
Black tie optional