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Japan-America Society of Greater Austin
Summer 2014
 
Newsletter, Vol. 34
 
August 1 2014
In This Issue
NEWSLETTER EDITOR
UPCOMING EVENT 4/6
UPCOMING EVENT 4/16
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 12/18
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 1/5
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 2/3
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 2/3
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 2/9
UPCOMING EVENT 4/6
UPCOMING EVENT 4/16
Japan-America Grassroots Summit
Japanese Language Program
Welcome New JASGA Members
GUEST ESSAY
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JASGA Newsletter

 Summer 2014

is compiled and edited by:

Kako Ito 

 
 
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
 

 

 林信夫

  

 
EVENT FOLLOWUP 
 
 

 EVENT FOLLOW-UP  4/6/14

 

   

Kuro tomesode

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Origami 

 @ Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum 
 
Despite the rainy day, we had a pretty good crowd and had fun with participants at the family day. 

EVENT FOLLOWUP 4/16/14

 

  

Sunshine

  
@ UT Austin, Avaya Auditorium
 
Thanks for organizing  a wonderful event - Japanese Program of UT Austin!

  EVENT FOLLOW-UP  5/5

 

Cherry Blossom and Spirit of Samurai

 

Tomio Petroski

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Nao Yamaguchi

Casa de Luz, Celio South Room

 

Presented by Dr.Tomio Petroski and Ms. Nao Yamaguchi, Japanese classical Buyo performer.

  EVENT FOLLOW-UP 5/18

   

JASGA Friendship Golf Tournament 2014

 

First winning team

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@ BALCONES COUNTRY CLUB

 
JASGA extends its appreciation to the sponsors for their support of the JASGA third Friendship Golf Tournament!
 
Sponsors:  Teravista Golf Club, Tokyo Electron, Baffalo Americas, Ramen Tatsu-Ya, Asahi Imports,  Balcones Country Club
EVENT FOLLOW-UP  6/16 

 

居合道演武 - IAIDO
The Art of the Japanese Sword
  

Mike Ross

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Brian-Candice Nolte

@ ST. Edward's University
 
The Iaido demonstration was presented by two dojo in Austin.  the demo was quite impressive .
Thanks for the participation in the event --- Exchange students of the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)
EVENT FOLLOW-UP  7/10

  

Indie Filmmaking: 

Films Influenced by Japanese Cinema

  

Yuta Yamaguchi

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@ Lamar Middle School & Fine Arts Academy
 
The participants learned interesting Indie filmmaking techniques from Yuta Yamaguchi, Director/Cinematographer.  

  EVENT FOLLOW-UP 7/19

 

Inter-Generational Fun Fair

 

Origami volunteers

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@ Asian American Resource Center - City of Austin

 

JASGA volunteers helped the event by folding Origami.  It was a nice and warm community event. 

 
UPCOMING EVENT
 

 UPCOMING EVENT  8/23

 
  

My Neighbor Totoro

  
Saturday
August 23 
@3:00-4:45 pm
 
2505 Steck Ave.
Austin TX 78757

 UPCOMING EVENT  9/29


 Academic Lecture Series

 

Washoku 

The Roots of Gurume Nation

  

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Monday
September 29 
7:30-8:30 pm
TBA

Dear Kako,

 

Summer vacation is still going on for another month. 

A summer without festivals simply would not be a summer in Japan. There are so many festivals throughout the summer in July and August, featuring fireworks, music, arts, film, food, and beer. There's also the World Cosplay festival in Nagoya.

Meanwhile, under scorching sunshine, the Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) has already been working to coordinate and facilitate our programs and events like:
- the 2014 Summer Break Anime in August,
- the Academic Lecture in September featuring history        of Washoku (Japanese cuisine),
- the Fall Japanese Language Program.
- Aki Matsuri (Japan Fall Festival).

Please take the time to enjoy these activities that are only made possible through the generous support of our partners and members. 

 

 
 

 


 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 Ceremony 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!

 

 

Japan-America Grassroots     

 

 

The venue of Japan America Grassroots Summit 2015 was selected as Oita.  Oita prefecture is located in Kyushu Island, and famous for its "ONSEN", or hot springs.

The dates and the other details will be announced in July or August.
 
Now, people of Oita are forming the Executive Committee for the event, and looking forward to seeing the visitors to their beautiful and unique places.

Oita is a sister city of Austin, TX.  Many people in community will expect to attend the 2015 Grassroots Summit in Oita, Japan.     

 

 
 
UPCOMING PROGRAM
 
 

UPCOMING PROGRAM                 

                  

Fall 2014 Japanese Language Classes 

 

 

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ShodoInt II

 

JASGA will hold Fall Japanese language and Calligraphy classes that will begin on September 10th and 9th/11th. The classes continue to meet every Wednesday and Tuesday or Thursday. 


 Please check our website at www.jasga.org in the mid-end of August. The registration info will also be delivered to your mail box. 

 

AUSTIN:

Lamar Middle School and Fine Arts Academy

 

 

 Welcome New JASGA Corporate Sponsor Member 

 

 

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    Ramen TatsuYa (Entrepreneur} 
 

 

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   REDINDUSTRIAL (Friend)

 

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   Campus Advantage, Inc. (Friend)
 
 
4/1 - 7/31/2014
 
NEW Student / Individual / Family Members
($25/$35/$55
 
Eileen McGinnis
Naomi Oshiro
Rebecca Counts
Steven Kroman
Vanessa & Philip Wen
Melissa Henderson & family
Aimee Yankwitt
Michael Lawson
Theresa Cameron & family

Renewed Student/Individual/Family Members  

4/1 - 7/31/2014

 

Keith Goods
Adam Doyle & Family
Arthur Sakamoto
Katie Amatangelo
Julie Carlson Sladccik
Chris Feldman
John Evans
Brian & Candace Nolte
Susan Moreland


 

Thank you for renewing the membership!  
 


 

 
 

GUEST ESSAY   


 

Jordan Woodard

JASGA Japanese Language Program student

 

My name is Jordan Woodard and I will be starting my first year of college at the International Christian University (ICU) in Mitaka, Tokyo this fall. I am planning on studying at this university for all four years of my college career and I am very excited to be starting this new adventure.

 

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The reason why I am going to Japan to study is because I have been fascinated by the Japanese culture since I was twelve years old.  It started by discovering anime while watching TV one night and then grew into a deep appreciation for many different  aspects of Japan. It became my dream to visit Japan so I could experience everything first-hand.  So, I began to research different colleges in Japan in order to make that dream come true.  Out of all the colleges, the one that left the best impression on me was ICU.

 
ICU is a four year liberal arts college that accepts students from all over the world. The school sees itself as a bridge to and from Japan and offers a bilingual education in English and Japanese. In fact, all Japanese students must take English courses while all international students are required take the Japanese language program courses (JLP) in order to graduate. Once students complete these courses, they will be fluent in either Japanese or English. On campus people from many different countries and cultures live together, study together, and learn from each other. By attending ICU, students are not only immersed in the culture of Japan but also the cultures of their fellow students.

One particular thing that stood out to me when I was researching this school is that students do not have to choose their major until the end of their sophomore year. This was especially important to me as I have not yet decided on my major. Currently, I am considering different options such as majoring in Asian studies or using the Japanese I learn to become a translator or interpreter.

I'm excited for the experiences and opportunities I will have at ICU. I'm thankful that I am finally able to live my dream and I look forward to what my future will bring me.

 

ICU Mitaka

 

ICU campus

 

Good Luck, Jordan!

 

 
 

Stay active and see you at 2014 Summer Break Anime event at Austin Public Library, North Village Branch on Saturday, August 23rd!  
 
 
Sincerely,

 

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Japan-America Society of Greater Austin

www.jasga.org