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Kite Making and Edo Kites Master Film Screening

Longtime Austinites know that one of the coolest weekends of the year is coming up – the 2020 Zilker Park Kite Festival on March 29th. But to have fun, you need to have a kite.

Come make your own kite. We will offer a hands-on workshop for making a kite, and then you can let it fly high in the sky. There will be lots of fun, a screening of a film about a master kite maker of Edo (old-time Tokyo) style Kites presented by Mr. Mikio Toki.

All ages are welcome!  Time to get creative and have a happy Austin weekend.

The most creative way is to make a kite. At this workshop, you will get a kite kit with everything you need to build an awesome, artistic kite, and there'll be an instructor and volunteers to help you! 

You'll make a classic Japanese style kite. They are made out of Japanese washi paper and bamboo sticks. (Washi is a Japanese paper and is stronger than wood pulp paper.) Using glue and working with natural materials of washi paper and bamboo makes this an organic hands-on kite making experience.

You can select from two different shapes of kites. Both kites are good for Children and Adults. We'll also have special kite train for children under 6 (5 kites only)

JASGA will provide glue, tape and permanent markers or pencils.

As for decorating materials, please bring some acrylic or water color paints, crayons, ink, etc. with you.

Before the kite making, we will show a short film "Journey of an Edo Kite Master".

Mark your calendars and get ready to enjoy a creative Austin weekend!  

Date:  Sunday, March 1. 2020 at 1:30 pm
Place:  Taniguchi Architects  (1609 W 6th St. Austin, TX 78703)

Reserve your seats now as seating is limited.

Register for the workshop and screeining from here !

Japan-Texas Infrastructure Investment Forum [第3回 日米インフラフォーラム] - Austin, Texas

The Japan -Texas Infrastructure Investment Forum, hosted and sponsored by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT) Japan, in partnership with the Texas Economic Development Corporation (TxEDC), will create a unique opportunity to bring participants together to share expertise and build a foundation for future business.

Conference Information:

Date:  Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 12:30 PM
Place:  Hyatt Regency Austin (208 Barton Springs Austin, TX 78704)
Fee:    Free - Advance Registration is required (RSVP)
No. of participants:  Up to 150

 12:30 PM Registration
 1:00-5:45 PM Keynote Speeches and Presentations
 5:45 PM  Reception and Networking

Starting 2020 JASGA Programs - Japanese Language (January 29), Shodo Japanese Calligraphy (Feb 1), and Japanese Culture and Etiquette (Feb 22)

Register for the Spring 2020 Semester now!  Japanese classes start on 29th of January.

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 Spring 2020: Anderson High School
  • Business Japanese Culture and Etiquette and Shodo - Downtown Austin (W 6th St.)
  • The start date: Wednesday, 1/29/2020, 2/1, & 2/8
  • Levels from total beginner to advanced and Shodo-Japanese Calligrphy lesson with a certified, Japanese calligraphy master teacher (6-dan)
  • 12 meetings of 1-hour or 1.5-hour classes, once per week
  • 10 meetings of 1-hour class - Japanese Culture, Etiquette, and communication in Business
  • Hiragana and Katakana workshop
  • 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 (another location)
  • Registration Deadline: January 24, 2020 (Fri).

Class Information

Beginning I - Austin 1/29-4/22    6:00-7:00pm
Beginning II - Austin  1/29-4/22    7:00-8:00pm
Beginning IV - Austin 1/29-4/22    8:00-9:00pm
Intermediate III - Austin 1/29-4/22    6:00-7:00pm
Pre-Advanced I - Austin 1/29-4/22    7:00-8:00pm
Advanced I - Austin 1/29-4/22    8:00-9:00pm
Advanced III - Austin 1/29-4/22    7:00-8:00pm
Advanced VI - Austin 1/29-4/22    8:00-9:00pm
Shodo Calligraphy I/II/III 2/1-4/11     1:00-2:00pm
Japanese Culture, Etiquette, and  communication in Business

2/22/2020     2:15-3:30 pm



No Classes : March 18, 2020,  March 7, 2020

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.

Happy New Year from JASGA!

We hope 2020 is a year of greater hope, peace, and happiness for you and yours.

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 photo album! 

Check out highlight video!

Kagami Daiko [鏡太鼓] performance

Japnese Classical Dance [日本舞踊] Performance 

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)