Fall has arrived in Austin and central Texas as signaled by falling the leaves. Volunteers from the Japan-America Society of Greater Austin are working hard to facilitate programs and events for you during these upcoming months. Please take the time to enjoy these activities, which are only made possible through the generous support of our members and sponsors.
Labor Thanksgiving Day - Kinro Kansha no Hi
On November 23rd, Japan celebrates Labor Thanksgiving Day to express gratitude to one another for work done throughout the year. Labor Thanksgiving Day in Japan is a national holiday.
The celebration is one of the oldest on the Japanese calendar. This time of year was formerly known as "Niinamesai", the equivalent of Harvest Festival in many countries. It is believed that the festival was celebrated as early as November of 678.
During this time, local communities would harvest their first crops of Japan's famous agricultural product, rice.
They offered it to the "kami", spirits, at their local shrine or temple to pray for a fine harvest and healthy crops in the year ahead. This practice still continues in rural Japan, while in Tokyo, the Emperor holds a private ceremony at the Imperial Palace each year to continue the wish for growth and health.
On Labor Thanksgiving Day in Japan, events are organized across the country. All government offices and schools remain closed for the holiday on November 23. These events encourage people to think about the environment, peace, and human rights. School children in Japan create drawings for the holiday and present them as gifts to the local police stations.
2013 Aki Matsuri - November 16, 2013
JASGA's seventh Annual Japanese Festival Success!
Many thanks to all those who helped us to make the JASGA's Aki Matsuri -Japanese Fall Festival 2013 - such a great success!
The effort and dedication of all groups, including performers, demonstrators, food & arts vendors, exhibitors, photographers, videographer, all volunteers, Japanese language class students from Liberal Arts & Science Academy (LASA) and Austin Community College (ACC) as well as the generosity of our Aki Matsuri sponsors and silent auction and prize donors, are much appreciated.
The registration for Spring 2014 Japanese language classes will start in the end of December 2013. The classes will begin in the mid/end of January 2014. Watch our home page (www.jasga.org) and calendar!
August 16-November 23, 2013
Welcome New Lifetime Member!
NEW Student / Senior / General / Family Members
Lindsy Wright & family
David Woodard & family
Susan Thompson & family
Michael (Mike) Miller
Melinda Jackson & family
Thank you for renewing the Corporate Sponsorship!
Tokyo Electron (Silver Bridge-Builder $1,000)
Harmony Real Estate Group (Entrepreneur $200)
Coco's Cafe (Entrepreneur $200)
Thank you for renewing your membership!
Friends of JASGA ($100)
Renewed Student/Senior/General/Family Members
Juan & Oriana Leon
Nancy Hohengarten & Family
David Woodard & family
Stay warm and wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving holiday!