Anne Akiko Meyers and Satoko Sandy Yamamoto played violins at the Austin Symphony Season Opening concert. Anne is JASGA's lifetime member and Sandy played her violin at the JASGA Friendship Party in October 2013.
Thank to Austin Symphony for offering special discount tickets to all JASGA members!
It seems Fall has arrived in Austin and central Texas. 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.
The moon on the thirteenth night of a lunar month
This year, October 6th was Jusanya [十三夜] which literary means the night or the moon on the 13th day of the 9th month in the lunar calendar.
On this night, along with Jugoya- the moon on the 15th night, people enjoy viewing the moon. Unlike Jugoya, this event is unique to Japan.
There are many events including open-air tea ceremonies and gagaku (ancient Japanese court dance and music) performances on this day.
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 AkiMatsuri, 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, tea ceremony invitation, 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, MatsuriHappi coats, cosplayed and Lorita fashion participants are always welcome! Win the fashion contest, too!
Brotman, Lynne & Ed
Conrad, Paul Feng, Mary
Hyatt, Zach & & Katrina Anaya
Little, Meikan Melissa Mandell, Adam & Summer
Miller, Joel Piner, Nic Purvis, Rachel Reiser, Aaron Sablan, Gregory
Seymour, Derek & family
Watson, Nori & James Ichiro & MakikoUmeyama
Renew/Upgraded Friend of JASGA members ($100)
Thank you for renewing your membership!
Renew Student/Individual/Family Members
Hernandez, Helen & Matthew Hinsley, Amy
Johnson, Corie Kuniyoshi, Setsuko
Leon, Juan & Oriana
Salazar, Vera Schriever, Zikolos
Williams, Jeannie & family
The Alamo's Japanese Monument Turns 100
Dr. MargitNagy, CDP
Shiga Centennial Coordinator
Professor of History
Our Lady of the Lake University
The Centennial Commemoration of the Japanese Monument at the Alamo takes place on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the Alamo Convent Courtyard. The Centennial Ceremony participants include Japanese delegations from Tokyo and Shinshiro, Japan; Consul General NozomuTakaoka from Houston, and representatives of the Texas/Bexar County/San Antonio civic, business, and educational communities. An Alamo Hall reception follows. The event is free and open to the public.
Waseda University geographer and world traveler, Dr. Shiga Shigetaka, arrived in San Antonio on November 5, 1914, to present his goodwill monument honoring the Alamo heroes. One hundred prominent San Antonio citizens welcomed him warmly. Given in the midst of growing anti-Japanese hostility and the outbreak of World War I, the granite monument is a tangible sign of deeds of friendship bridging cultural differences. The poem that Dr. Shiga had inscribed on the monument honors by name the heroes of the Alamo (Bonham, Bowie, Crockett, and Travis), the hero messenger of the 1575 Battle of Nagashino in Japan (ToriiSuneemon), and heroes of the 757 Battle of Suiyang in Tang China (Chang Hsun, Hsu Yuan and Nan Chiyun). In making the parallels, Dr. Shiga focused on the common values of loyalty and self-sacrifice honored in all nations as a powerful unifying force, even in periods of conflict.
In this spirit, Dr. Shiga went to Chihuahua, Mexico, after leaving San Antonio to pay tribute to Padre Hidalgo, the hero of Mexican independence. When this world traveler returned to Japan in 1915, he used the occasion of a special celebration in his home town of Okazaki to have a display about the Alamo and to give a public lecture on Japan's first trade mission to Mexico.
At the November 6, 1914 ceremony, Prof. Shiga received live oak acorns to plant in Japan. He accepted saying, "I shall tell the people of Japan these acorns came from the citizens of San Antonio and of the great state of Texas, and I shall strive to make my people better understand the friendliness, generosity, and hospitality of the inhabitants of far-off America. " During the 1986 Texas Sesquicentennial, the Junior Ambassadors Friendship Mission brought the portrait of Dr. Shiga to the Alamo. Relatives of Dr. Shiga and Rotarians from Okazaki and Shinshiro got live oak seedlings to replace trees destroyed during WWII at the 75th Anniversary ceremony in 1989. In 1995, cherry trees grown from seeds brought by Shinshiro representatives were planted in San Antonio. The November 5th Centennial is about more than Dr. Shiga and his monument. It is about the potential each has, even in times of conflict, to envision new ways to build bridges of understanding across the differences of countries and cultures.