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Japan-America Society of Greater Austin
Spring 2014
 
Newsletter, Vol. 33
 
April, 2014
In This Issue
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 12/18
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 1/5
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 2/3
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 2/9
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 2/22
EVENT FOLLOW-UP SXSW
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 3/22
UPCOMING EVENT 4/6
UPCOMING EVENT 4/16
NEWSLETTER EDITOR
Hanami
Japan-America Grassroots Summit
Japanese Language Program
Welcome New JASGA Members
Visit...
 
 
 
 
 
 
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
 

    Origami - Spring

  

 
 
EVENT FOLLOWUP 
 
 

  EVENT FOLLOW-UP 

12/18/13

 

JASGA Bonenkai

Year-End Party 

 

2013 Bonenkai

Click on the photo to see more  

 

Wednesday

December 18 @7:30 pm

 

11101 Burnet Road 

Austin, TX 78758 

  EVENT FOLLOW-UP 1/5/14

  

Oshogatsu event:

Shishimai & Minyo Dance performance 

and 

Charms of Japan

 

Shishimai

Click on the photo to see more

 

 Sunday

January 5 @4:30p

 
1701 Toomey St
Austin TX 78704
EVENT FOLLOW-UP  2/3/14

  

 

  

Shakuhachi

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Monday
February 3 @ 7:30 pm

(Celio Room, 2F) 
1701 Toomey St
Austin TX 78704

  EVENT FOLLOW-UP 2/9/14

 

 Taniguchi Japanese Garden Workday 

 

Youth Community Srv

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Sunday

February 9 @ 9:30 am

 

Taniguchi Japanese Garden 

2220 Barton Springs Rd

Austin TX 78746

EVENT FOLLOW-UP  2/22/14
    

Hiragana

  
Saturday 
10:00-12:00 pm

 

2610 West 10th St. 

Austin, TX 78703 

EVENT FOLLOW-UP  
SXSW 2014
3/7-16/2014
 

 Meet JAPAN Party @ The Liberty

 

Japan Preview show @ Grackle

 

SXSW Japan Nite @ Elysium

 

Interactive  

@ Downtown Austin 
EVENT FOLLOW-UP  3/22/14
    
 

Yoko Hiraoka

  
Saturday 
March 22@ 3:00 pm
 

200 West Jones Ave

San Antonio, TX 78215

 
UPCOMING EVENT
 

 UPCOMING EVENT  4/6/14

 

  

Kimono

  Origami Crab
Sunday
April 6 @noon - 4:00 pm
 
605 Robert E Lee Rd 
Austin,  TX 78704

 UPCOMING EVENT  4/16/14

 

  

Sunshine

  
Sunday
April 16 @5:30-7:30 pm
  
UT Austin, Avaya Auditorium

 201 East 24th St

Austin TX 78712

JASGA Newsletter

 Spring 2014

is compiled and edited by:

Kako Ito 

 

Dear Kako,

 

 

Happy Spring!

April has just started.  We certainly appreciate the full bloom of bluebonnet everywhere in Austin and central Texas.  Hope you enjoy the short spring time of this year in Texas.  

 

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.   

 
Hanami (花見 lit. flower viewing) 

 

 

After what has been a particularly harsh winter in Japan this year, last week the people began formerly celebrating the arrival of spring and the beloved Sakura (cherry blossom) seen as the national flower and a great symbol of hope and renewal. 

 

For the next two weeks, they will enjoy the sweet fragrances and the brilliant displays of color, mostly pink but also deeper shades of red and white.  
  Chidorigafuchi, Tokyo
 
The viewing phenomenon also called the Hanami or Ohanami has been celebrated for centuries. It is often accompanied by various types of food and drink that celebrate the transient beauty of the cherry blossom, which usually flowers for a period of one and two weeks, starting in late January in the tropical islands of Okinawa and stretching into May in Hokkaido in the north.
 
For Japanese students, this period coincides with the end of one school year and the start of the next.

 

Meanwhile, I coincidentally found the pretty bluebonnets in the Nagoya Port Wildflower Garden in Japan.  The Blue Bonnet Wildflower Garden is located in a very short boat ride from Nagoya Port.  There are 22 mini-gardens featuring a model garden design by an English garden designer, Robin Williams and a wide variety of wild flowers throughout the year. 
 
Wildflowers
 
 

 

 

The 24th Japan-America Grassroots Summit 2014 is coming to San Diego in September.

The Opening Ceremony is planned at the PETCO Park on September 23rd. And the Closing Celemony and Farewell Party will be held at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park on September 28th.

  

Download the flyer for the 24th Japan-America Grassroots Summit in 2014! (Japanese version only;The English version will soon be available.)

 

Enjoy the 2013 Shimane Summit in Japan video clip!

 

Japan-America Grassroots     

 

  

 

 

 
 

ONGOING and UPCOMING PROGRAMS                  

 

Spring 2014 Japanese Language Program

 

Beg III

JASGA has Japanese language classes that began in the middle of January. 

The classes continue to meet every Thursday until April 24th. 

 

AUSTIN:

Murchison Middle School  

3700 North Hills Dr.

Austin, TX 78731

 

Summer 2014 Japanese Language Program

 

The registration for Summer 2014 Japanese language classes will start in the mid-end of May.   Please visit our home page (www.jasga.org) and calendar in the end of April!

 

 
 

Thank you

 

Welcome New JASGA Corporate Sponsor Member !

 
 
 
    12/1/2013 - 3/31/2014
 
NEW Student or Educator/ Individual / Family Members
($25/$35/$50
 
Cliff Richards 
Larry Hooker 
Oliver Levy 
Vince Rezula 
Stacey Richardson 
Hari Jayaram 
Michael Wu 
Karen Pittman 
David Fox 
Amanda (Szu-Ping) Wang 
Kyle & Cherie Harvey 
William Turmel 
Robin Pedersen 
Claire Bressie 
Robin Butler 
Andrew & Donna Tryba 
Vivian Raksakulthai & family 
Aleksaundria Hancock 
 
 
Thanks for Renewal -  Corporate Sponsor Member 

  

  Mi-Token, Inc.  (Entrepreneur)

  

Renewed Student or Educator/Individual/Family Members   ($25/$35/$50     

12/1/2013 - 3/31/2014

 

Jerry Shores

Atsuko Parker
Takeshi & Mami Udagawa 

Mark Eaton
Teri Kurihara
Rebecca Lewis 
Wesley Estes
Mary Moss
Zach & Chelsa Capers
Gerlinde Leiding
Yoko Lawler
Robert Lindquist
Eric Bundschuh
Gayle & Scot Crumley 
Chelsea Hostetter
Kyle Milner
Tom Garney
Tomio Yamakoshi Petrosky
Brandy Hamblet
 
 
 

Stay active and see you at Kimono Fashion Show and Origami hands-on activity at Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Musem on Sunday, April 6th!  
 
 
Sincerely,
 

JASGA logo   

 

 

Japan-America Society of Greater Austin

www.jasga.org