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15th JASGA's Akimatsuri Japan Fall Festival Success!

Thank you for joining us for the 2021 Austin Japan Fall Festival - JASGA's 15th Aki Matsuri (秋祭り). It turned out to be a nice Sunday afternoon and the Akimatsuri was a blast, with many participants.

A big thank you to our friends, supporters, fans, and everyone who came out to share the time with our performers, presenters, vendors, volunteers and guests. We also greatly appreciate Vice Consul-General Sagawa at Consul-General of Japan in Houston, the representatives of JAL and ANA on our Board of Directors , and Concordia University Texas. Hope all of you had good time with us!

Enjoy photo albums (Kenichi Ono) and 2 (Cat Gurinsky).

Check out the video of some highlights of the afternoon!

Takohachi Q Ensemble performances (Opening and the last part 1 and part 2)

Thank you again and we'd love to see you all at 2022 Aki Matsuri ~ 16th Japan Fall Festival!

The 2021 15th Aki Matsuri, Japan Fall Festival was made possible with support from Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), Japan Airlines (JAL), and our community partners, in cooperation with the Consulate-General Of Japan in Houston

Shamisen & Shinobue Live - An Evening with Takohachi Q Ensemble on the Eve of 2021 Japan Fall Festival

Let's celebrate Adult Aki Matsuri in the evening on Saturday, 11/20.
Enjoy shamisen and shinobue live music on the rooftop of a brand new boutique hotel!

The Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) presents a shamisen and shinobue concert in Austin with four Japanese traditional music performers: the Takohachi Q Ensemble from Portland, Oregon on November 20 at 6:30 PM. This event is a part of JASGA's 15th Aki Matsuri, 2021 Japan Fall Festival.

Join us to mingle Saturday with live Japanese music!

When: November 20, 2021 6:30 pm
Where: East Austin Hotel Upside (1108 E 6th St. Austin, TX 78702)
Admission: Free (Donation will be gratefully accepted!)

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

Takohachi’s Q Ensemble
Takohachi is a multifaceted nonprofit organization established in 2007 striving to educate and entertain through Japanese music. In 2018 Takohachi added a new group calleded Takohachi Q-Ensemble that consists of 3 to 5 dedicated and talented performers. The ensemble has had significant successes in the smaller venues such as school and library systems with its edutainment programs, introducing Japanese culture through music.
Q-Ensemble’s repertoires are unique and diverse, ranging from traditional to modern, using taiko drums, the shinobue bamboo flute, the tsugaru shamisen, and more.

For each performer's profile; Yumi Torimaru, Shoko Oba, Kohei Kimura, and Yuki Umezawa LaBeaux, please visit here.

2021 Japan Fall Festival - JASGA's 15th Annual Aki Matsuri in Austin TX

Join us to celebrate the 15th Aki Matsuri - Japan Fall Festival in Austin and Cetral Texas!

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

2021 Austin Aki Matsuri 秋祭り
JASGA's 15th Annual Japan Fall Festival

Taiko drums, traditional musical instruments, Japanese classical buyo dance and festive dance,  Japanese Budo martial arts, Japanese cosplay contest -- all this will bring the esthetic gifts of Japanese culture to Austin and Central Texas during the 2021 Japan Fall Festival, JASGA's 15th Aki Matsuri.

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

Those who wear trendy Japanese fashions such as Tokyo street fashion, lolīta fashion, cosplay, and yukata and kimono participants are always welcome!  You may have a chance to win for a cosply fashion contest prize. Be a 2021 contest winner!

Date/Time: Sunday, November 21, 2021 12-4 PM
Place: Luther Park [see 'Ax' on map] @ Concordia University Texas
  (11400 Concordia University Dr. Austin, TX 78726)
Parking: Park @[B] Visitor Parking (available wheelchair accessible parking) [map]

Admission: Free (No admission fee)

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!

Sponsors for 2021 Japan Fall Festival:         Silent Auction Doners:

                                                          Sandi Kornfuehrer, Jeanelle Evans, Naomi Folsom, Terry Ward, Eric Pearson, Ed Priest, Maeri Megumi, Kako Ito, East Austin Hotel, Sugar Pine, ANA

The Silent Auction will be closed on Sun, 11/29 at 2:30 PM.  Please make bids before the closing date/time.

Arts Vendors & Food Vendor:

Sachi Kyoto Gifts  Madam Butterfly Nagasaki   Knokuniya Austin  Austin Bamboo  

Program:  Click on the image or here to view Presentation and Performance Schedule.

The 2021 15th Aki Matsuri, Japan Fall Festival is made possible with support from Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP),  Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), Japan Airlines (JAL), and our community partners, in corporation with Consulate-General Of Japan in Houston.

Supported by:                                                                                                                                     

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2021 Fall Japanese Language and Shodo Japanese Calligraphy

Register NOW for Fall 2021 Japanese Language, Kana workshop, Shodo Calligraphy Classes!

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Fall 2021 classes will be held virtually.

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 language (emphasizing conversation, listening, reading, and writing) and Shodo Japanese calligraphy classes at various levels in Austin. 

Registration is now open!

At a glance:

  • Class location this Fall 2021: Virtual online classroom
  • The start date:  9/13 (Mon) ~ 9/18 (Sat), 9/21 (Tue)
  • Levels from total beginner to advanced and children & young teens, Japanese Business English, and Shodo Japanese calligraphy lessons with a certified, Japanese calligraphy teacher
  • in possession of a degree and professional native Japanese instructors
  • 12 or 10 meetings of 1-hour classes, once per week
  • Writing Kana (hiragana/katakana) workshop - selected date
  • Japanese Conversation Bootcamp (for those who completed Beginners level)
  • 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: 9/11 (Sat)
  • For Japanese Conversation Beg/Intermediate, Register by 9/18.
  • No Classes:  11/22-27/2021 

Class Information

[POSTPONED] Dharma Talk by Kūshu Damir Jamsek "How Did I Get Here"

JASGA's August event POSTPONED due to rise in local COVID-19 cases.  We have to announce our August event, "Dharma Talk" scheduled for this coming Sunday 8/15 at 6:00 PM, is postponed for an ”indeterminate” period of time.

Join us for "Dharma Talk" with Kūshu Damir Jamsek on Sunday, August 15th at 6:00PM.

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

We are honored to invite Enshin Zenji, Kūshu Damir Jamsek, who became an ordained monk in September 2020. He will give a Dharma talk entitled "How Did I Get Here" to our community .

About Enshin Zenji, Kūshu Damir Jamsek

JASGA Members Social Gathering

Join us in celebrating tentative relief from the pandemic period. Participate in the mix and mingle with JASGA corporate and general members including JASGA board members. Enjoy traditional Japanese nibbles, desserts, and beverages in a casual setting at the patio owned by Fukumoto Sushi and Yakitori restaurant in dowtown Austin. Fukumoto is a JASGA corporate member. You will also enjoy comforting live music.

For those who missed the chance to join our Tanabata celebration on July 7th, you can also make a wish, write it down on a slip of paper (tanzaku), hang it on a bamboo branch, and send it off into the sky at the JASGA members' social gathering.

Guests will also enjoy uniquely Japanese traditional food and a musical performance by a local musician.