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Spring 2017 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, Japanese calligrapy classes at various levels in Austin. Registration is now open!

At a glance

Class location this Spring 2017 - Anderson High School
The start date: Wednesday, 1/25/2017
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 Program
Kids Class (younger than 6 years old)
Registration Deadline: Saturday, January 21, 2017

Class Information

Beginning I - Austin 1/25-4/19   6:00-7:00pm
Beginning II - Austin 1/25-4/19   7:00-8:00pm
Beginning IV - Austin 1/25-4/19   8:00-9:00pm
Intermediate II - Austin 1/25-4/19   6:00-7:30pm
Intermediate III - Austin 1/25-4/19   7:30-9:00pm
Pre-Advanced I - Austin 1/25-4/19   6:00-7:30pm
Pre-Advanced IV - Austin 1/25-4/19   7:30-9:00pm
Shodo Jpn Calligraphy I / II 1/25-4/19   7:30-9:00pm
Japanese for Young Kids 2/5-4/9    10:30-11:30am
Japanese for Children/Teens 2/22-4/19  6:00-7:00pm

Additional Information

No Classes : March 15, 2017

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.

Kakizome and Tsugaru Shamisen Performance

For its second cultural and educational program of 2017, JASGA joined the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum family day on January 8th.  We invited a shamisen player, 17-year-old Ryuto Koike, who is from Sapporo, Hokkaido.  He has been practicing Tsugaru shamisen for 13 years.  He played traditional Tsugaru Shamisen pieces. It was a rare opportunity to have a traditional Shamisen player during the new year's days in Austin.  Many of the audience enjoyed the Japanese traditional instrumental music despite the cold weather.  

We also invited a certified calligrapher Aya Koga to share with us the traditional Japanese New Year's custom of kakizome. Kakizome (in Japanese, "first writing" 書き初め) is the first calligraphy written at the beginning of the yea. Kakizome is traditionally held on January 2nd in Japan when people write positive and encouraging words and phrases with calligraphy brush and ink.  Some audience members were invited to participate to write own Kakizome after the demonstration.  

Thank you for coming by the January family day and share the experiences with Tsugaru Shamisen performance and Kakizome, Japanese first calligraphy of 2017!

(Click on each photo to view photo albums.)



JASGA's 10th Aki Matsuri Japan Fall Festival was a success!

JASGA's 10th Aki Matsuri 秋祭り
2016 Japan Fall Festival was a success!

Thanks to all those who helped us to make JASGA's 10th Aki Matsuri - 2016 Japan Fall Festival - such a great success!

The effort and dedication of all groups, including performers, demonstrators, vendors, exhibitors, volunteers, students from JASGA Japanese Calligraphy class, Japanese class students at McCallum & LASA high school as well as the generosity of our festival sponsors, auction and giveaways donors, are much appreciated.

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


2016 Aki Matsuri ~ Japan Fall Festival Highlight video (videographer Yu Otuska)

2016 Japan Fall Festival ~ JASGA's 10th Aki Matsuri

Come Join Us and Have Fun!
2016 Aki Matsuri 秋まつり
JASGA's 10th Annual Japan Fall Festival

Taiko drums, Japanese traditional buyo and festive dance, traditional musical instruments, the beauty of the Chanoyu presentatation, Japanese martial arts, and Okinawan traditional dance -- all this will bring the esthetic gifts of Japanese culture to Austin and Central Texas during the 2016 Aki Matsuri, Japan Fall Festival.

Visitors will enjoy a range of Japanese food and sweets, drink sampler, Japanese arts, games, anime goods, yukata booth, calligraphy, origami hands-on, Japanese entertainment. In addition, there will be Silent Auction for items such as airline ticket to Japan, restaurants and massage/spa gift certificates, Japanese art collections, anime & festive goods, games, kimono, Obi, accessories, door prize, and more!                      

Those who wear Cosplayed, Lorita, Harajuku, Tokyo street fashion, Kimono participants are always welcome and Win the Fashion Contest!

Saturday, November 12, 2016   
12:00-4:00 PM
O. Henry Middle School

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

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!   Download the program.        

"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