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2019 Fall Japanese Language and Shodo Program

Thank you for your interest in Japan-America Society of Greater Austin's Japanese Language and Shodo Japanese calligrapy program. 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 Fall 2019: Anderson High School 
The start date: Wednesday, 9/11/2019
Levels from total beginner to advanced and Shodo with a licensed calligraphy teacher
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 instructors and college degree holders
Tailored private tutoring classes available
Offers Corporate Program
Children or Teens class is avaialble
Registration Deadline: Saturdday, September 7, 2019.

Class Information

 

Beginning I - Austin 9/11-12/4    6:00-7:00pm
Beginning II - Austin  9/11-12/4    7:00-7:00pm
Beginning III - Austin 9/11-12/4    7:00-8:00pm
Intermediate II - Austin 9/11-12/4    6:00-7:00pm
Intermediate IV - Austin 9/11-12/4    7:00-8:00pm
Pre-Advanced IV  - Austin 9/11-12/4    8:00-9:00pm
Advanced II - Austin 9/11-12/4    7:00-8:00pm
Advanced V - Austin 9/11-12/4    8:00-9:00pm
Japanese for Teens - Austin  9/11-12/4    6:00-7:00pm
Shodo Calligraphy I / II 9/11-12/4    8:00-9:00pm
   

Information

No Classes : November 27, 2019

Language & Shoso class discounts are available to all Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) General Members and employees of Corporate Members.

Note: The benefit offers depends on the Corporate Membership Level 

Bella Mabury and Beyond: Collecting Japanese Textiles

JASGA is pleased to invite Ms. Sharon S. Takeda, senior curator and head of the Costume and Textiles Department at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). This program offers you a collections of Japanese art outside their home areas (LA County) using an informal talk, and to allow you to offer a unique cultural presentation. In partnership with University of Texas Austin, School of Human Ecology, Department of Textiles and Apparel, we present Japanese textiles and apparel since 16th century entitled: " Bella Mabury and Beyond: Collecting Japanese Textiles" 

About Sharon S. Takeda

Sharon Takeda is senior curator and head of the Costume and Textiles department at LACMA. She joined the curatorial staff in 1987 after receiving her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles and concluding two years of postgraduate work in Japan under the auspices of the Japanese Ministry of Education. Her exhibitions at LACMA include Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 (LACMA 2016, Saint Louis Art Museum 2017, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney 2018); African Textiles and Adornment: Selections from the Marcel and Zaira Mis Collection (2015); Kimono for a Modern Age (2015); RODARTE: Fra Angelico Collection (2011); African Inspiration: Kuba Textiles and European Modernism (2010); Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700–1915 (LACMA 2010-2011, Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin 2012, Les Arts Décoratifs Paris 2012-1013); Five Centuries of Indonesian Textiles: Selections from the Mary Hunt Kahlenberg Collection (2007); Breaking the Mode: Contemporary Fashion from the Permanent Collection (LACMA 2006-2007, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence 2007-2008); Miracles and Mischief: Noh and Kyōgen Theater in Japan (2002); Japonism in Fashion: The Influence of Japan on Western Dress (1998); The Fabric of Life: Japanese Folk Textiles (1995); and When Art Became Fashion: Kosode in Edo-Period Japan (1992), which was awarded the American Association of Museums’ Fifth Annual Curators’ Committee Exhibit Competition. Both Reigning Men and Miracles and Mischief were awarded the Richard Martin Award for Excellence in the Exhibition of Costume by the Costume Society of America. Takeda’s exhibition catalogues have also been awarded two Millia Davenport Publication Awards from the Costume Society of America. Additional publications include Japanese Fishermen’s Coats from Awaji Island for the UCLA Fowler Museum, contributions to The Life of Animals in Japanese Art (2019) and Edo: Art in Japan 1615–1868 (1998) for the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., The Dictionary of Art, Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japan, and numerous articles in American, Japanese, and Spanish journals and magazines. Takeda currently serves on the Directing Council of the Centre International d’Etudes des Textiles Anciens (CIETA), an organization for professional textile historians based in Lyon, France.

Come and join us! This  event is open to the public and free.  Everyone is invited! 

2019 Summer Japanese Language and Shodo Program

Thank you for your interest in Japan-America Society of Greater Austin's Japanese Language and Shodo classes. We currently offer Japanese language and Shodo, Japanese calligrapy classes at various levels in Austin. Registration is now open!

At a glance

JASGA Spring Gala and Award Dinner

Friday, March 29, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) invites you to join us for the 2019 Award Gala. This international event brings together the Japanese and American communities to recognize leaders in the field of US-Japan friendship relations. The gala will take place in the early evening on Friday, March 29, 2019, at the LINE Austin hotel.

                             

Keynote Speaker                                      Guest Speaker:  Andy Hajime Tryba         Honorary Director
Ambassador Tom Schieffer                        Entrepreneur and CEO of SLI Systems,     Consul-General of Japan 
President & CEO, Envoy International       Think3, School Loop, Ride Austin,             
Hideo Fukushima
Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan            Japanese Heritage Academy  

                 

Bridges-to-Friendship Award Recipient          Entertainer:  Austin Taiko                      Mayor of Austin
Dr. Sheila Fling                                                    Beating Japanese drums over                  Steve Adler
Urasenke Chado Junkyoju Certified Instructor   
22 years.
Distinguished Professor Emerita of Texas State
University

2019 Spring Japanese Language and Shodo Program

Thank you for your interest in Japan-America Society of Greater Austin's Japanese Language and Shodo 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 2019 - Anderson High School 
The start date: Wednesday, 1/16/2019
Levels from total beginner to advanced and Shodo with a licensed calligraphy teacher
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 instructors and college degree holders
Tailored private tutoring classes available
Offers Corporate Program
Children or Teens class is avaialble
Registration Deadline: Sunday, January 13, 2019.

Happy New Year - the Year of the Boar!

明けましておめでとうございます。
from all of us at Japan-America Society of Greater Austin


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