Spring has already started in Austin and Central Texas. We certainly appreciate the full bloom of bluebonnet and wild flowers everywhere in Austin and central Texas. Hope you enjoy the short spring time in Texas.
Meanwhile, as for the 2015 Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom Forecasts, it will still be possible to view the peak blooms in northern Tohoku region and Hokkaido in Japan from the mid of April to early May. There are also several cherry blossom festivals in the U.S., for example, those in Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Northern California
Red Moon on April 4 and "April Snow" Cherry Blossom
Although many people excited about seeing the total lunar eclipse or blood-red moon on April 4, it was reported that a partial lunar eclipse was seen behind fully bloomed cherry blossoms in Utsunomiya, north of Tokyo.
Four days later, on April 8, Tokyo area was hit with an unseasonable cold spell which left cherry blossoms in some parts of the country covered in snow.
The cherry blossoms are Japan's most iconic symbol of spring, and by the time their buds open the country is warm enough. Nevertheless, people still enjoy seeing the blossoms covered with snow.
Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters who have made our First Award Dinner Gala a success!
Cho Sushi, Therapeutic Massage & Body Work, Uchi + Uchiko, UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, Sun Dragon Japanese Traditional Seido Karate, Vintage Villas Hotel & Events, Megumi Sakurai, Aya Koga, Takeshi Udagawa, Kako Ito
The registration for Summer 2015 Japanese language and Shodo classes will start soon. Please visit our home page (www.jasga.org) and calendar in the mid-end of Apri. You will also receive the registration info. Please watch your email box!
The Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) is organizing a Central Texas and Austin delegation to attend the 25th Japan-America Grassroots Summit 2015 which will be held on July 6-13 in Oita Prefecture, Japan.
This Grassroots Summit is an annual large-scale meeting of Japanese and American citizens, held alternately in Japan and America. The summit aims to strengthen the peaceful relationship between Japan and America by fostering grassroots friendships. The Summit is managed jointly by the CIE and the Summit Volunteer Committee. This week-long trip, which is open to the general public, includes a homestay in a Japanese community.
Oita prefecture is located in the southern island, Kyushu. The region is blessed with natural treasures, as it is close to both the mountains and the sea, and it has a rich history and cultural heritage. Oita is famous for onsen (hot springs) such as Beppu and Yufuin and is known as the "Onsen Capital of Japan".
Early Bird discount - $100 till March 31, 2015
Regular deadline: May 7, 2015
Students (12-25 years old) $100 discount
Children (3-11 years old) $200 discount
Infant (0-2 years old) $300 only for all costs
Download the brochure, and find the participation fee on the last page of the brochure.
Temple University Japan Campus invites high school students to a summer of language and cultural experiences in dynamic Tokyo. The 10 day program includes a unique mix of Japanese language classes and one of three exciting electives. With field-trips in Tokyo, an overnight excursion to Nikko, and a trip to DisneySea, this will be your Tokyo story to remember.
Kenneth Yuichiro Wallace
Abbigail Fraiser & Matthew Bosway
Richard, Madeline, Erika Meier
Nancy Hohengarten & Family
Susan Thompson and Family
Takeshi & Mami Udagawa
Stay active and see you at JASGA's upcoming program and events! We'd love to see all of you!