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13th JASGA's Japan Fall Festival Success!

Thank you for joining us for the 2019 Austin Japan Fall Festival - JASGA's 13th Aki Matsuri (秋祭り). It turned out to be a beautiful Sunday afternoon and the Festival was a huge success!

A big Thank You to our friends, supporters, fans, and everyone who came out to share the time with our performers, presenters, vendors, volunteers for our 13th Japan Fall Festival. We also greatly appreciate Consul-General Fukushima, Dr. Cindy Clement, and Keith Taniguchi for their support and cooperation. Hope all of you had good time with us at Zilker Botanical Garden and Taniguchi Japanese Garden!

Enjoy our photo album! 

Check out the highlight video!

Thank you again and we'd love to see you all at 2020 Aki Matsuri ~ 14th Japan Fall Festival!

The 2019 JASGA 13th Aki Matsuri was held in corporation with Consulate General of Japan in Houston, Zilker Botanical Garden, and Taniguhi Japanese Garden, which JASGA has been cleaning on our volunteer workdays for over 10 years.

2019 Japan Fall Festival - JASGA's 13th Aki Matsuri

Japanese culture, performance, fashion, dance, music, food & more -- Modern and Traditional  --   Come Join Us and Have Fun!

2019 Austin Aki Matsuri 秋まつり
JASGA's 13th Annual Japan Fall Festival

Taiko drums, Japanese classical buyo dance and festive dance, traditional musical instrument, the beauty of the Chanoyu tea ceremony, Japanese martial arts, J-fashion show -- all this will bring the esthetic gifts of Japanese culture to Austin and Central Texas during the 2019 Japan Fall Festival ~ JASGA's 13th Aki Matsuri.

Visitors will enjoy a range of Japanese food and sweets, a drink sampler, Japanese arts & games, anime goods, yukata photo booth, calligraphy, hands-on origami, and Japanese traditional and contemporary entertainment. and music performance.  In addition, there will be a Silent Auction for items such as airline tickets to Japan, restaurants and massage/spa gift certificates, Japanese art collections, books, anime & festive goods, games, kimono, Obi sash, accessories, door prizes, give away gifts and much more!

Those who wear trendy Japanese fashions such as Tokyo street fashion, lorīta fashion, cosplay, and kimono participants are always welcome. You may win at the fashion photo contest. Be a 2019 contest winner!

Sunday, November 17, 2019  
1:00 - 5:00 PM
Zilker Botanical Garden
(2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin TX 78746)
  Parking @ 2236 Stratford Dr. Austin, TX 78746 [map]

Japan Fall Festival Admission: Free
(with regular garden admission)

Let’s also celebrate Taniguchi Japanese Garden’s 50th anniversary together!

The students from Ellison high school Anime club visit us at the JASGA's Aki-Matsuri every year. JASGA's Japanese and Shodo calligraphy students will presennt own their progress.

Download or click on the poster above and spread the words! 

JASGA thanks everyone who will be sponsoring and will make donations for the 2019 Japan Fall Festival, Aki Matsuri. Download the application form and send it to us.

Donation deadline: November 10, 2019

For festival Sponsorship and/or donations to Silent Auction, click here or contact: jasga-akimatsuri@jasga.org or jasga-austin@jasga.org 

Sponsors for 2019 Japan Fall Festival (as of 11.03.19)

               kazuko White                                                                                                 

Auction & Giveaway Donors for JASGA's 13th Aki Matsuri

KOH-ITTEN (Sapporo) - Stone Bridege Press - ANA (All Nippon Airways) - JAL (Japan Airlines) - Kinokuniya Austin - Mineko Willmore - Kako Ito - Lorraine Socia - Kazuko White - Kokoro Care - Kome group - Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy - Sugar Pine - Haru Japanese Cuisine - Anime POP - Fukumoto Sushi & Yakitori - Okashicon - Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Texas Sake - Madame Butterfuly Nagasaki


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

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 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, Division of Textiles and Apparel, we present Japanese textiles and apparel since 16th century entitled: " Bella Mabury and Beyond: Collecting Japanese Textiles" 

Date:  Friday, September 20, 2019 at 4:30 PM (Reception to follow.)
Place: Mary E. Gearing Hall (Room 125)

It is a rare opportunity to meet and learn with a well-known, senior curator, Ms. Sharon Takeda at LACMA, in collaborate with UT Austin, Division of Textiles and Apparel. You will enjoy intimate conversation with Shanon, UT faculties and students. We offer a reception after the presentation and discussion.

About Sharon S. Takeda

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