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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

Class Information

Beginning I - Austin 1/27-4/20  6:00-7:00 pm
Beginning II - Austin 1/27-4/20  7:00-8:00 pm
Beginning III - Austin 1/27-4/20  6:00-7:30 pm
Beginning IV - Austin 1/27-4/20  7:30-9:00 pm
Intermediate II - Austin 1/27-4/20  6:00-7:30 pm 
Pre-Advanced I - Austin 1/27-4/20  7:30-9:00 pm
Shodo - Japanese Calligraphy 1/27-4/20  7:30-9:00 pm
Japanese for Children 2/3-4/13   5:30-6:30 pm

Additional Information

No Classes : March 16, 2016

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.)

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.                                 



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


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.                                                                                         

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