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2021 Spring Japanese Language and Shodo Japanese Calligraphy

Register Now for Spring 2021 Japanese Language, Shodo Calligraphy, and Japanese Business English Classes!  

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Spring 2021 classses will be held using Google Meet (G Suite.)  

Thank you for your interest in the Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) Japanese Language and Shodo Japanese calligraphy program. We currently offer Japanese Kana intensive, 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 (Kana Intensive Prep.) with qualified, native Japanese instructors. 

Registration is now open!

At a glance:

  • Class location this Spring 2020: Virtual online classroom
  • The start date: 1/18(M), 1/20(W), 1/25(M)), 1/26(T), 1/27(W), 1/28(Th), 1/29(F), 1/30(S), 2/1(M), 2/2(T)
  • Levels from total beginner to advanced and children & young teens, Japanese Business English, and Shodo Japanese calligraphy lessons with a certified, Japanese calligraphy teacher
  • Qualified, Native Japanese instructors
  • 10 meetings of 1-hour classes, once per week
  • Available Hiragana and Katakana Intensive classes (1/18 & 1/20)
  • Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) preparatory course
  • Classes of 3 - 8 students
  • Tailored private tutoring class available (with qualified, native Japanese instructors)
  • Offers Corporate Program
  • Children and/or young teens class are avaialble
  • Registration Deadline:  Sat,1/16 (kana intensive);  Wed, 1/20

Class Information

Hiragana Intensive - Austin 1/18   6:00 - 7:30 pm
Katakana Intensive - Austin 1/20   6:00 - 7:30 pm
Beginning I - Austin 1/25 - 3/29   6:00-7:00pm
Beginning II - Austin  1/25 - 3/29   7:00-8:00pm
Beginning III - Austin 1/27 - 3/31   6:00-7:00pm
Beginning IV - Austin 1/27 - 3/31   7:00-8:00pm
Intermediate I - Austin 1/26 - 3/30   7:00-8:00pm
Intermediate III-Austin 1/28 - 4/1     6:00-7:00pm
Pre-Advanced I -Austin 1/29 - 4/2     6:00-7:00pm
Pre-Advanced III - Austin 1/28 - 4/1     7:00-8:00pm
Advanced IV - Austin 2/2 -   4/6     8:00-9:00pm
Advanced VI - Austin 2/2 -   4/6     7:00-8:00pm
Children /Young Teens 2/1 -   4/5     4:30-5:20pm
Shodo Calligraphy I/II/III (1) 1/30 - 2//27   2:00-3:00pm 
Shodo Calligraphy I/II/III (2) mid/end March ~

Information

Language & Shodo class discounts are available to all Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) General Members and employees of Corporate Members.   Note that the benefit offers depends on the Corporate Membership Level.

2020 Japan Fall Festival - 14th Annual Aki Matsuri

The COVID pandemic has affected the entire world, so JASGA is presenting this year's festival virtually in consideration of our residents, visitors, and performers’ and demonstrator's health and safety.  

Join us to celebrate the 14th Aki Matsuri -  Fall Japan Festival in Austin TX !

[FREE ONLINE EVENT] 
JASGA Virtual AKi Matsuri
Saturday, November 21, 2020 1:00 2:00PM

 *** Enjoy Streamed Video

DONATION / SPONSORSHIP is greatly appreciated!

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.

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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