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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.

Click on each image to see more the 2014 Aki Matsuri photos.                                                     

   
            Matsuri Poster & Program                                               Yukata Booth (Photo by Masa Takino)

Satoko Yuda  Stephan Drawe                               Bon Dance  (Photo by Satoko Yuda)                               Austin Taiko (Photo by Stephan Drawe)

  

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 Food Vendors:

                    

                                                                      

2014 Arts Vendors:

Sachi Creation               Kyoto Weddings

   Sachi Creation                                 Kyoto Weddings

 

2014 Exhibitors:

IACE Travel      IKKiCON                 

 

Silent Auction and Prize Donors:

Abacus Brain Gym All Nippon Airways Asahi Imports | Cris Feldman | Coco’s Cafe | Daruma Ramen | Dragon Lair Comics and Fantasy IACE Travel | IKKiCON | John Evance Kako Ito| Linda Moseley | Lucky Bakery | Masumi Jones (Jitterbug Vipers) | Midori Campbell | Ramen Tatsu-ya Ryu of Japan | Rebecca Lewis |  Sheila Fling | Sun Dragon Seiko Karate Dojo UchiUchiko | Temple University Japan Campus | TV Japan | Tribe Comics & Games | UMLAUF  Sculpture Garden & Museum | Sachi Creation |  Kyoto Weddings | Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA)

                                                                           Download the Aki Matsuri program (created by Aki Omikawa)

2014 Akimatsuri ProgramIn Partnership with

       Austin Japanese Hoshuko       

                                                                                                                      JASGA Corporate Partmers & Members:

Tokyo Electron - Plutinum Bridge Builder
Casa De Luz - Bronze Bridge Builder
Buffalo Americas Inc. - Bronze Bridge Builder   
Kumon of Westlake - Entrepreneur
Mi-Token Inc.  
- Entrepreneur                                                     
CoCo's Cafe  - Entrepreneur
Asahi Imports - Entrepreneur
Ramen Tatsuya - Entrepreneur

SCS Global Professionals Startup
Bastable Technology  Startup
REDINDUSTRIAL - Startup
Campus Advangate  Startup
Abacus Brain Gym - Startup

Thank you again and we'd love to see you all at 2015 Aki Matsuri ~ Japanese Fall Festival!

2014 Aki Matsuri - Japan Fall Festival

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 wear Yukata, Kimono, Matsuri Happi coats, cosplayed and Lorita fashion participants are always welcome!  Win the fashion contest, too!

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