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2016 Japan Fall Festival ~ JASGA's 10th Aki Matsuri

Come Join Us and Have Fun!
2016 Aki Matsuri 秋まつり
JASGA's 10th Annual Japan Fall Festival

Taiko drums, Japanese traditional buyo and festive dance, traditional musical instruments, the beauty of the Chanoyu presentatation, Japanese martial arts, and Okinawan traditional dance -- all this will bring the esthetic gifts of Japanese culture to Austin and Central Texas during the 2016 Aki Matsuri, Japan Fall Festival.

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

Those who wear Cosplayed, Lorita, Harajuku, Tokyo street fashion, Kimono participants are always welcome and Win the Fashion Contest!

Saturday, November 12, 2016   
12:00-4:00 PM
O. Henry Middle School

Free for JASGA members and 18 & younger
$5 for non-members

(Sign up for JASGA membership to receive free admission!)

The students who are taking Japanese language classes at the McCallum high school will operate the Japanese game corner. The students from the Ellison high school Anime club are visiting us at the JASGA's Fall Festival every year.

Download or clink on each of the Akimatsuri Festival flyer to spread the words!

JASGA thanks everyone and promote those who sponsor for the 2016 Akimatsuri or donate goods/certificates to JASGA's Japanese Fall Festival!

For festival sponsorship and/or donations to Silent Auction, contact: jasga-akimatsuri@jasga.org

2016 Aki Matsuri Japan Fall Festival SPONSORS:

Fall 2016 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 class at various levels in Austin.  Registration is now open!

At a glance

  • Class location this Fall 2016 - Anderson High School
  • The start date:  Wednesday,  9/21/2016 
  • 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 Language Study Program
  • Kids Class (younger than 6 years old)
  • Registration Deadline:  Monday, September 19, 2016

End of Summer Classical Music Concert

In late summer of 2016, Japan-America Society of Greater Austin hosted the End of Summer Classical Music Concert with a young piano, cello and violin trio. We also invited a bright, talented guest pianist.  JASGA was delighted to host the performance by these promising young musicians. We would like to thank everyone who attended the Sunday afternoon concert.  All of us surely enjoyed their music.

Young classical musicians are:
Trio: Yurina Umekawa (Piano), Daniel Meglino (Cello), Laoise Matsumoto (Violin)
Guest Pianist:  Eddie Yoshida
* Ave Maria: accompanied by Gelsomina Megiino-piano
* Violin solo: accompanied by Kiyoshi Tamagawa-piano

Please click here and here to view photos from the concert.

Please also enjoy the concert video.  

This concert is sponsored by: Anne Akiko Meyers (JASGA Lifetime & Bronze member @anneakikomeyers.com) and Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (@jasga.org).

Thank you again for the wonderful performance and supporting young musicians!

"I had no idea that when I began violin lessons at 4 years old, music would so deeply influence and enrich my entire life. It has introduced me to many different cultures and wonderful relationships, all from learning this uniquely powerful universal language. I am so thrilled to know that music is a part of all your lives and wish you much success. 
Stay humble and feel gratitude and appreciation as your commitment to creating something beautiful will help carry you throughout your life." --- by Anne Akiko Meyers

Summer 2016 Japanese Language and Shodo Programs

Thank you for your interest in Japan-America Society of Greater Austin Japanese Language and Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Classes. We currently offer Japanese language and Shodo classes at various levels in Austin. Registration is now open!

At a glance

Taniguchi Japanese Garden and Sustainable Japanese Garden Design

The Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) invited two principal speakers from architecture and landscape engineering design firms to speak at the Zilker Botanical Garden Center Auditorium on Saturday, March 26, 2016.

Evan Taniguchi opened the event and talked about his grandfather, Isamu Taniguchi, who built the Taniguchi Japanese Garden.

Keiji Asakura talked about  the Japanese garden and its relevance in our American culture in the past, present and future - how it had helped shaped our landscape and horticulture in the past, how the idea is informing and shaping our design of public spaces today, and how it may transform our relationship with nature into a more sustainable path.
After the presentations, Evan led the participants out to the Taniguchi Garden to enjoy the plum, peach and cherry blossoms and the other plants there.

G.G. Jazz Piano Trio Concert

The Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) presents a jazz concert in Austin with three Japanese jazz players, alumnae of the Berklee College of Music, on Monday, March 21, 2016.  They are currently living in Tokyo, New York, and Austin.  JASGA is delighted to host their concert of creative, organic, and relaxing jazz music.                                    

Takana Miyamoto (P), Noriko Ueda (B), and Masumi Jones (Ds) formed a jazz piano trio called Groovin' Girls (G.G.) piano trio in Boston.  After the release of their first album, Piece of Cake, the group separated, making their way to Georgia, New York and Texas. After 15 years building their careers as musicians, the three members reunited at a studio in Tokyo in the summer of 2014. Rather than having lengthy conversations, they instantly started recording, reuniting and bonding together through their music. Their new album Ruby Road is a precious compilation; although each track has a theme, the recording focuses more on the trio's performance and sounds.