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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

Traditional Cultural Arts in Japan: Chanoyu and Ikebana Hands-On Workshop

JASGA cultural program in April 2017 presents Japanese traditional arts - Chanoyu (tea ceremory) and Ikebana (flower arranging) hands-on workshop. This hands-on workshop will provide an introduction to Chanoyu (茶の湯), Japanese tea ceremony and ikebana (生け花), the Japanese art of flower arranging.

Date:  Saturday, April 15 2017
            Chanoyu (Tea Ceremony) 12:00-1:30 pm
            Ikebana (Flower Arranging) 2:00-3:30 pm

Place: Greene Room, Zilker Botanical Gardenn Center

Register for the Chanoyu and/or Ikebana Hands-On Workshop.

Limited Seating:  Advance Registration Required (to purchase matcha, sweets, or flowers and prepare the necessary utensils and tools in advance.)

The World Heritage Sites in Japan - Photography Exhibition and Opening Reception

世界遺産フォト展覧会
THE WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN JAPAN PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

Dates:  April 6 ~ April 21, 2017
Reception: Thursday, April 6 6:30pm
Venue: Tokyo Electron USA Lobby
Admission: Free   

https://vimeo.com/215337514 (videographer: Yu Otsuka)

Overview: In order to preserve humanity’s cultural heritage for future generations, the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Culture and Natural Heritage was adopted by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1972. The countries which ratified the treaty have pledged to protect and preserve the World Heritage Sites within their borders.

As of July 2016, 20 sites in Japan have been added to the World Heritage List: 16 cultural sites and 4 natural sites. In addition, the category of “intangible cultural heritage” has been created to preserve oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, and festival events. Recently, UNESCO declared washoku (Japanese cuisine) to be an intangible cultural heritage.  (Photo ©Kazuyoshi Miyoshi/PPS: Itsukushima‐jinja Shinto Shrine, Hiroshima)

The country’s mountainous geography and four distinct seasons mean that the physical environment of Japan can be harsh. The Japanese people have dwelt in harmony with this environment for millennia. The wooden architecture of Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, sacred and holy places for Japanese people, stands as a monument to this heritage of adaptability and harmony. From ancient times, Japanese have believed nature and all objects contain “神- kami” (spirits). We hope that the beautiful photographs by Kazuyoshi Miyoshi will enable you to feel the reverence inspired by these carefully preserved sites.  Download the Poster.   Download the Exhibition Flyer.