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The 2018 JASGA Gala and Award Dinner

The Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) invites you to join us for the 2018 Gala. This international event brings together the Japanese and American communities to recognize leaders in the field of U.S.-Japan friendship relations. The gala will take place in the early evening on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Renaissance Austin Hotel.

Please join us along with our Honorary Director, Tetsuro Amano, Consul-General of Japan, to celebrate the JASGA gala. This year we will pay tribute to our distinguished recipient, Ms. Kumiko Kitamura of AOI Pro Inc., who will receive our for Bridges-to-Friendship award and will be our keynote speaker. Ms.Tomoko Ara of NTT Data Corporation and Dr. Patricia Maclachlan of the University Texas at Austin will be our guest speakers. Ms. Marie and Amy Yamamoto will be performing Japanese classical dance (Nihon Buyo)

DATE
Sunday, March 4, 2018

SCHEDULE
4:00 PM  VIP/General Reception and Silent Auction
5:00 PM  Dinner Program:

VENUE
Renaissance Austin Hotel 
9721 Arboretum Blvd Austin TX 78759

Bridges-to-Friendship Recipient
Keynote Speaker           Opening Speaker           Guest Speaker                     Japanese Classical Dance
Kumiko Kitamura          Tomoko Ara                Dr. Patricai Machachlan            Marie & Amy Yamamoto

                        

Sponsors Opportunity & Underwriting & Table 

  

 

To register for the 2018 JASGA Gala, click here.

Registration Deadline:   2/25/2018

Discount rate available for full-time students.*

If you would like to pay for the ticket by check, please make a check payable to JASGA and mail it to (by Wednesday, February 25, 2018) to:

Japan-America Society of Greater Austin
PO Box 9276
Austin, TX 78766

2018 JASGA Silent Auction
To donate for the Silent Auction, click Here.

Auction Donors

         

Ni-Kome | JASGA (japanese pottery & porcelain) | Naomi Folsom 

 

About Silent Auction

JASGA is seeking donations for the Silent Auction that will be held at the Reception and Dinner Program on March 4 at 4:00 pm. Popular items include Japanese plates, kimono,  artisan gifts, airline tickets, event tickets, or restaurant gift certificates.

All contributions are fully tax deductible. Proceeds will support our cultural, educational, business or public relation programs.

To donate, please submit the donation items by February 28th. For more information, please contact info@jasga.org.

About JASGA and Gala Host Committee

You will not miss this opportunity for this premier fundraiser of the Japan-America Society of Greater Austin, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to building people-to-people relationships between Japan and Austin/Texas.

Sponsors | Register | Donations |
Sponsorship Form | Auction Donors
 

 

Spring 2018 Japanese and Shodo, Japanese Calligraphy Program

Thank you for your interest in Japan-America Society of Greater Austin 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

Class location this Spring 2018 - Anderson High School
The start date: Wednesday, 1/17/2018
Levels from total beginner to advanced
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
Young kids class or Children/Teens class are avaialble
Registration Deadline: Sunday, January 14, 2018

 

Class Information

Beginning I - Austin 1/17-4/11    6:00-7:00pm
Beginning II - Austin 1/17-4/11    7:00-8:00pm
Beginning III - Austin 1/17-4/11    8:00-9:00pm
Beginning IV - Austin 1/17-4/11    6:00-7:00pm
Intermediate I - Austin 1/17-4/11    7:00-8:00pm
Intermediate III - Austin 1/17-4/11    8:00-9:00pm
Pre-Advanced I - Austin 1/17-4/11    7:00-8:00pm
Pre-Advanced II - Austin 1/17-4/11    8:00-9:00pm
Advanced II - Austin 1/17-4/11    7:30-9:00pm
Shodo CalligraphyI / II&Art  1/17-4/11    6:00-7:00pm
Japanese for Teens 1/17-4/11    6:00-7:00pm
Japanese for Children 1/17-4/11    4:00-5:00pm

Additional Information

No Classes : March 14, 2018

Language 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

JASGA's 11th Aki Matsuri Japan Fall Festival was a success!

JASGA's 11th Aki Matsuri 秋祭り
2017 Japan Fall Festival was a success!

Thanks to all those who helped us to make JASGA's 11th Aki Matsuri - 2017 Japan Fall Festival - such a success!

The effort and dedication of all groups, including performers, demonstrators, vendors, exhibitors, volunteers, students from JASGA Japanese Calligraphy and Language classes, and Japanese class students from McCallum, LASA and St. Steven's high school as well as the generosity of our festival sponsors, auction and giveaways donors, are much appreciated.

Akimatsuri Photos: Click on each photo to view three photo albums. 

  

Akimatsuri Highlight Video: Click here (videographer Takayuki Toyama)
1) Japaense Traditonal Dance 2) Okinawa Traditional Dance 3) Iaido & J-Fashion show (videographer Keiichi Yamamoto)

Performers and Presenters:
太鼓 Japanese Drums | Austin Taiko
居合道 Iaido Japanese Martial Arts | Shinshin-ryu Iai-jutsu Dojo
ジャパンファッションショー J-Fashion Show | ATX J-Fashion Club
日本舞踊 Japanese Traditional Dance | Amy and Tomoko Yamamoto
沖縄舞踊 Okinawa Traditional Dance | Okinawa Taiko San Antonio Yuunanokai
居合道 Iaido - Japanese Traditional Budo | Komei Jyuku Japanese Swordsmanship Dojo
剣道 Kendo Japanese Martial Arts | UT Kendo Club & Austin Kendo Doshikai
沖縄太鼓 Okinawa Eisa Taiko | Okinawa Dance & Taiko San Antonio

2017 Fall Festival Sponsors:
         

Food, Arts & Business Vendors:
Asahi Imports | Coco’s cafe | Kyoto Weddings | Sachi Creations | Animania | Tane-Koro House | ATX J-Fashion Market | IACE Travel

Exhibitor: Okashicon

Silent Auction and Giveaways Donors:
ANA (All Nippon Airways) | JAL (Japan Airlines) | Asahi Imports | Coco's Cafe | KOH-ITTEN | Yamasan Miyake | YAKULT USA | Musashino Sushi Dokoro | Kome Sushi Kitchen | Fukumoto Sushi & Yakitori Izakaya | Ramem Tatsu-Ya & Kemuri | Daruma Ramen | Sa-Ten | Dragon's Lair Comics and Fantasy | Okashicon | Alamo Drufthouse Cinema | Sun Dragon Martial Arts & Self Defense | BB&T BANK | Naomi Folsome | Christina Banta | Kako Ito | JASH | Sachi Creations | Kyoto Weddings

Thanks to the 2017 JASGA's 11th Aki Matsuril Volunteers!
William Groot | Mary Feng | Alex Ciccone | Lorraine Socia | Felix Rodriguez | Derric McGarrah | Richard Doranski | Michael Schaefer | Ken Segraves | Lisa Hummel | Cassandra Dixson | Juliann Krute | Brian Bettendorf | Lyles Kirk | Tsubasa Maruo | Karen Lewis | Aya Koga | Chika Endo | Shion Endo | Masumi Jones | Kai Jones | Kokoro Maruo | Masaki Maruo | Moet Sekler | Takayuki Toyama | Keiichi Yamamoto | Kenichi Ono | Yuri Shinoda | Shelby Guthrie | Sota Iwaku | Kazuko Maeda | Hiroko Miller | Atsuko Parker | Mutsuko Myslinski | Kimiyo Maruo | Toshio Nishida | Hiroko Karch | Kaori Kitta | Japanese language class students at McCallum, LASA & St. Steven's high school

Program edited by Cassandra Dixson; T-shirts design by Aya Koga
Aki Matsuri Program Chair: Kako Ito Japan-America Society of Greater Austin

Special thanks to give an opening speech for JASGA's 11th Aki Matsuri, Dr. Hiroshi Nishiyama at UT Autin and Autin Japanese Hoshuko

In corporation with:

     

We donated admission fees to help our friend, the JASH (Japan-America Society of Houston) community, who has been devoting their efforts to recovery of Hurricane Harvey flooding victims.

Thank you again and we'd love to see you all at 2018 Aki Matsuri ~ Japan Fall Festival!  

2017 Japan Fall Festival ~ JASGA's 11th Aki Matsuri

Come Join Us and Have Fun!
2017 Aki Matsuri 秋まつり
JASGA's 11th Annual Japan Fall Festival

Taiko drums, Japanese traditional buyo dance and festive dance, traditional musical instruments, the beauty of the Chanoyu presentation, Japanese martial arts, Okinawa traditional dance & taiko, and Anime Girls performance -- all this will bring the esthetic gifts of Japanese culture to Austin and Central Texas during the 2017 Japan Fall Festival ~ JASGA's 11th Aki Matsuri.

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

2017 Fall Japanese Language and Shodo Programs

Thank you for your interest in Japan-America Society of Greater Austin Japanese Language Classes. 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 2017 - Anderson High School
The start date: Wednesday, 9/13/2017
Levels from total beginner to advanced
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 - 12 students
Experienced, native Japanese-speaking instructors and college degree holders
Tailored private tutoring classes available
Offers Corporate Program
Young kids class or Children/Teens class are avaialble
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 6, 2017

2017 Summer Japanese Language and Shodo Programs

Thank you for your interest in Japan-America Society of Greater Austin Japanese Language Classes. 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 Summer 2017 - O. Henry Middle School
The start date: Wednesday, 5/3/2017
Levels from total beginner to advanced
10 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 - 12 students
Experienced, native Japanese-speaking instructors and college degree holders
Tailored private tutoring classes available
Offers Corporate Program
Young kids class and Older children class are avaialble
Registration Deadline: Sunday, April 30, 2017