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Japanese Budō / Bujutsu Presentation and Panel Discussion

Budō /Bujutsu - Japanese Martial Arts - The Way of Peace of Mind

Join us for a special evening. A presentation and panel discussion on Japanese Budō/Bujutsu on Friday, September 25 at 5:00pm, CST.

This event is part of a series of Japanese cultural and educational programs presented by the Japan-America Society of Greater Austin.

The term "Japanese martial arts" refers to the variety of martial arts native to the country of Japan. At least three Japanese terms (budo, bujutsu, bugei) are used interchangeably with the English phrase Japanese martial arts.

The use of term budō (武道) to mean martial arts is a modern one. Historically, the term meant a way of life encompassing physical, spiritual and moral dimensions with a focus of self-improvement, fulfillment, and personal growth.

In modern usage, bujutsu (武術) translates as martial art, military science, or military strategy depending on context, and is typified by its practical application of technique to real-world or battlefield situations. Budō, meaning martial way, has a more philosophical emphasis.

It may be difficult to delineate the differences between budō and bujutsu. Sometimes, the differences are considered historical; others cite differences in training methods, training philosophy, or emphasis on spiritual development.

Budō as a general term refers to the modern Japanese martial arts disciplines comprised of jūdō, kendō, kyūdo, sumō, karatedō, aikidō, shōrinji kempō, naginata, and jūkendō.

We invite three, phenomenal Budo or Bujutsu instructors from the dojo (道場) in Austin.   This event is free and open to the public. Please REGISTER for the event.

2020 Fall Japanese Language and Shodo Japanese Calligraphy

Register Now for Fall 2020 Japanese Language, Shodo Calligraphy, and Japanese Business English Classes!  

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Fall 2020 classses will be held using Google Meet (G Suite.)  

Thank you for your interest in Japan-America Society of Greater Austin's Japanese Language and Shodo Japanese calligraphy program. We currently offer Japanese language (emphasizing conversation, listening, reading, and writing), Shodo Japanese calligraphy, Japanese Business English classes at various levels in Austin. Due to popular demand, we have added new classes (Children/Young Teens, Japanese Business English & English Presentation) with qualified, native Japanese instructors. 

Registration is now open!

At a glance:

Pecha-Kucha Storytelling Evening

Please join us for the 2020 Cultural and Educational speakers series. JASGA will present a virtual Pecha-Kucha Evening on Friday, July 31st at 5:00 pm.

Our first Pecha-Kucha presentation has several themes: Town-city-regional development, community engagement, grassroots activities, and US-Japan friendship.  Each of our four speakers will talk about one or more of these themes.

Pecha-Kucha is a storytelling format where a presenter shows 20 slides with 20 seconds of commentary for each slide.  At our Pecha-Kucha event, several professional people will talk in a virtual session to share their expertises, insights, and future plans with the audience.

Texas Radio Taiso Challenge [ONLINE]

Saturday, June 13, 2020 
9:00 AM 10:00 AM

Join us for the Radio Taiso and enjoy this cultural stretching exercise together!   

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2020 Summer Japanese Language and Shodo Japanese Calligraphy

Register Now for Summer 2020 Japanese Classes!  Your class starts on May 20th.

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Summer 2020 classses will be held using Google Meet.  We offer virtual online classroom at 20% off  (or 10% off for a very small class) for this Summer Session.

Thank you for your interest in Japan-America Society of Greater Austin's Japanese Language and Shodo Japanese calligraphy program. We currently offer Japanese language and Shodo Japanese calligraphy classes at various levels in Austin. Due to popular demand, we added new classes (Children/Young Teens, .Business Englsih) with qualified instructors. 

Registration is now open!

Branding and Marketing Strategy for Japanese Green Tea

ATTENTION:  The webinar start time is changed!  Tuesday March 31 2020 at 2:00 pm (CST), 3:00pm (EST), 12:00 noon(PST), 4:30 am (Wed) (JPT)

As part of the 2020 Business and Cultural Speakers series, JASGA will present a seminar entitled "Branding and Marketing Strategy for Japanese Green Tea" by Rona Tison, Executive Vice President for Corporate Relations at ITO EN (North America). 

Note: Not only Rona's company, ITO EN, has implemented a no travel policy due to the COVID-19 virus, but also New York State has issued an executive order, "New York on Pause".  We are moving this event to a webinar (web-based seminar) in order to guarantee the health and safety for all of our attendees.  Our web-based seminar can be just as rewarding. 

About Rona Tison
Executive Vice President - Corporate Relations at ITO EN (North America) Inc. An expert on the tea industry with extensive knowledge and experience with marketing and promoting Japanese culture in the U.S., Ms. Tison is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations at ITO EN (North America) Inc., Japan’s #1 green tea brand andthe world’s leading distributor of award-winning premium green tea and other healthy beverages.