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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, Okinawan traditional dance, Japanese Budo martial arts, J-fashion show -- 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 win at the fashion photo contest.  Be a 2021 contest winner!

Date/Time: Sunday, November 21, 2021 12:00-4:00 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!

JASGA thanks everyone who will be sponsoring and will make donations for the 2021 Japan Fall Festival.  Download the application form and send it to us!

Donation deadline: November 3, 2021

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

Sponsors for 2021 Japan Fall Festival:

Silent Auction Doners: 

Vendors -15th Aki Matsuri:

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. 

               

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.

Tanabata Star Festival, Origami, and Okinawan Cultural Exhibition

Come Join the Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) for a fun Tanabata Star celebration, Origami, tanabta dance, and Okinawan Art Exhibition at a garden/parking lot at Okinawa Arts Research Studies World Scene (OARS.WS) in Jonestown on July 7th at 7:00-8:30PM, cdt!

Tanabata, the Japanese Star Festival, celebrates the legend of Orihime, the weaver princess, and Hikoboshi, the herder, lovers separated by the Milky Way who are allowed to meet just once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month.

We will practice the ancient Tanabata ritual of tanzaku: You make a wish, write down on a slip of paper, hang it on a bamboo branch, and send it off into the sky. We will also make Tanabata decoration items with origami paper, as well as other origami ornaments

You will have a chance to receive a mask with a prizewinning design from Japan Foundation or a Sanrio mask from Kinokuniya!  Also you will have an Uchiwa (Japanese hand fun) from JAL and ANA!

Enjoy wearing your favorite yukata and dancing tanabata odori together at the Tanabata festival!

Isamu Taniguchi Japanese Garden Volunteer Workday

Join us for JASGA's 13th, annual community service and friends of Taniguchi Japanese Garden on Sunday, June 6 at 10:00am-12:00pm for our workday in Isamu Taniguchi Japanese Garden at Zilker Botanical Garden. We need your help to keep Austin's authentic, beautiful Japanese garden clean and lively.

Check out the photo album!

Wearing face mask is recommended.  Wear closed toed shoes, a sunhat and sunscreen and bring a water bottle. Small tools and disposable work gloves are available for all voluntees.

Last year, we worked the garden in October and December and the number of volunteers are limted to 10. There is still a restriction for the number of volunteers, but we can have upto 25 volunteers on June 6th this year!  If adult volunteers have not been vaccinated, we'd like to ask that you remain safe for everyones. 

Let's meet at Ten-Wa-Jin (天和人: Heaven-Harmony-People) Teahouse in front of the Lotus Pond in the Taniguchi Japanese Garden at 10:00am!

For all students, you will receive two volunteer credits from us (JASGA) and ZBG. Please bring the volunteer credit paper provided by your school.

Some of volunteers will have a chance to get a designer mask from Japan Foundation or Sanrio character mask (for kids) from Kinokuniya!

When: Sunday, June 6 at 10:00am - noon