Newsletter Volume 32

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Japan-America Society of Greater Austin
Fall 2013
Newsletter, Vol. 32
November 24, 2013
In This Issue
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 8/31/& 9/7
Labor Thanksgiving Day - Kinro Kansha no Hi
2013 Aki Matsuri Success!
Japanese Language Program
Welcome New JASGA Members!
Go To...





8/31 & 9/7


Fall 2013



Japanese Katakana Workshop  





8/31 & 9/7/2013 

 10:00 am-12:00 pm


O. Henry Middle School
2610 West 10th St. 

Austin, TX 78703 



 Friends of the Taniguchi Japanese Garden Workday


Taniguhi graden

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September 8, 2013

 9:00 -12:00 PM


Taniguchi Japanese Garden 

2220 Barton Springs Rd

Austin TX 78746



 A Book Event: 


Babara Lazar

As Japanese Cultural Program Series of 2013, JASGA presented a Book Event - Pillow Book of the Flower Samurai by Barbara Lazar.



September 9  @7:00pm

(Serena Room, 1F) 
1701 Toomey St
Austin TX 78704


Grand Opening Celebration;
The Asian American Resource Center


JASGA booth

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September 28, 2013 
10:00am - 4:00pm
 8401 Cameron Rd. 
Austin, TX 78754

JASGA Friendship Party ~ Konshinkai 2013


JASGA party

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October 20, 2013  
5:00-7:30 PM  


Kohnami Japanese Restaurant

13376 U.S. 183
AustinTX 78750

  秋祭り  JASGA's seventh Annual Japanese Festival 



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November 16th, 2013 
12:00-4:00 PM 

2610 West 10th St. 

Austin, TX 78703 




Year-End Party 


To be determined...


Bonekan 2012Click on a photo to

 see more
Check your invitation mail and the calendar @ 


JASGA Newsletter

 Fall 2013

is compiled and edited by:

Kako Ito 


Dear Kako,



Happy Thanksgiving week!

Fall has arrived in Austin and central Texas as signaled by falling the leaves. Volunteers from the Japan-America Society of Greater Austin are working hard to facilitate programs and events for you during these upcoming months. Please take the time to enjoy these activities, which are only made possible through the generous support of our members and sponsors.   

Labor Thanksgiving Day - Kinro Kansha no Hi 
Novermber 23rd
  Labor Thanksgiving Day

On November 23rd, Japan celebrates Labor Thanksgiving Day to express gratitude to one another for work done throughout the year. Labor Thanksgiving Day in Japan is a national holiday. 


The celebration is one of the oldest on the Japanese calendar. This time of year was formerly known as "Niinamesai", the equivalent of Harvest Festival in many countries. It is believed that the festival was celebrated as early as November of 678.  


During this time, local communities would harvest their first crops of Japan's famous agricultural product, rice. 


They offered it to the "kami", spirits, at their local shrine or temple to pray for a fine harvest and healthy crops in the year ahead. This practice still continues in rural Japan, while in Tokyo, the Emperor holds a private ceremony at the Imperial Palace each year to continue the wish for growth and health.
On Labor Thanksgiving Day in Japan, events are organized across the country. All government offices and schools remain closed for the holiday on November 23. These events encourage people to think about the environment, peace, and human rights. School children in Japan create drawings for the holiday and present them as gifts to the local police stations. 
Thank you
2013 Aki Matsuri  - November 16, 2013


JASGA's seventh Annual Japanese Festival Success!


Many thanks to all those who helped us to make the JASGA's Aki Matsuri -Japanese Fall Festival 2013 - such a great success!


Ame no Goro  Yukata  

JA folk dance

Bon dance



The effort and dedication of all groups, including performers, demonstrators, food & arts vendors, exhibitors, photographers, videographer, all volunteers, Japanese language class students from Liberal Arts & Science Academy (LASA) and Austin Community College (ACC) as well as the generosity of our Aki Matsuri sponsors and silent auction and prize donors, are much appreciated.


We will upload the Matsuri photos on the galleries as soon as we can.  Some video clip is ready to be enjoyed!


A big thank you to the volunteers who worked with us as a team to deliver the big event to the community!


  Hai Nguyen, Hidehiko Inaba, Hiroko Tomita, Joel Miller, John  Evans, Kai Jones, Kazuko Brownfield, Kazuko White, Keiichi  Narumi, Kuniko Kanemaru, Kyoko Guihan, Linda Schriever,  Mami Udagawa, Masaki Zaima, Sachiko Fernandez, Satomi  Kamiya, Shuhei Kazuma, Stephanie Chow, Takaaki Sumida,  Takafumi Sato, Tomoka Shiota, Yoko Morgan, Yuiko  Matsumoto, Yuki Yoshida, Zik Schriever, Jill Dufour, Aleks ortynski   


Thanks for the JASGA Committee Members for your commitment to the 2013 Aki Matsuri!


 Atsuko Parker, Mary Ann Moss, Rebecca Lewis, Shannon        Holt, Bryan Ellis, Michael Ellis, Sal Davila, Davis Shimizu


And for our guests from our sponsor/partner members, Bobby Shirai, Tokyo Electron and Hajime Nakai, Buffalo Americas, thank you for being available on November 16th!


2013 Aki Matsuri Sponsors:


United Airlines, Mieko Suzuki, Asahi, Coco's Cafe, Kohnami



ONGOING and UPCOMING PROGRAMS                  


Fall 2013 Japanese Language Classes



JASGA has Japanese language classes that began in September. The classes continue to meet every Thursday until December 5th. (No class Thanksgiving week)



Murchison Middle School  

3700 North Hills Dr.

Austin, TX 78731


Spring 2014 Japanese Language Classes


The registration for Spring 2014 Japanese language classes will start in the end of December 2013.  The classes will begin in the mid/end of January 2014.  Watch our home page ( and calendar!


August 16-November 23, 2013
Welcome New Lifetime Member!
  Hai Nguyen
Welcome New
NEW Student / Senior / General / Family Members
Erin McKinney
Miko Federmann
Lindsy Wright & family
Tori Biddle
Russell Nelson
Lingfeng Xu
Jiayi Xiao
Zikolos Schriever
Molly thompson
Erin Larkin
Stephanie Chow
Gabriel Polinard-Krause
Julie Adams
Gabe Nolen
Channy Hiersche
Rachel Wells
Amy Hinsley
Niklas Nothstine
Stephen Sebastian
Klinton Lee
David Woodard & family
Hernan Alamo
Susan Thompson & family
Michael (Mike) Miller
Melinda Jackson & family 


Thank you for renewing the Corporate Sponsorship!


Tokyo Electron  (Silver Bridge-Builder $1,000)

Harmony Real Estate Group (Entrepreneur $200)

Coco's Cafe  (Entrepreneur $200)


Thank you for renewing your membership! 

Friends of JASGA ($100)  

  Chris Norden


Renewed Student/Senior/General/Family Members


Robert Tracy
Sally McConnell
Juan & Oriana Leon
Nancy Hohengarten & Family
Lynn Wallisch
Kevin Dedon
Wena Poon
Michael Mille
Chris Norden
Junichiro Yatsu
David Woodard & family
Barbara Lazar
Ginger Hansel
Yoshiteru Asano
Burton Turner
Michael Wynkoop 



Stay warm and wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving holiday! 




Japan-America Society of Greater Austin