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Newsletter Volume 36

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Japan-America Society of Greater Austin
Spring 2015
 
Newsletter Vol. 36
 
April 2015
In This Issue
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 12/1
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 12/17
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 1/4
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 2/8
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 3/19
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 3/21
EVENT FOLLOW-UP SXSW 2015
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 3/29
UPCOMING EVENT in May
UPCOMING EVENT 6/28
NEWSLETTER EDITOR
Red Moon and April Snow Cherry Blossom
Japanese Language Program
Japan-America Grassroots Summit
High School Summer Program in Tokyo
Welcome New JASGA Members
Visit...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
 

  

  Join JASGA

  

 
 
EVENT FOLLOWUP 
 
 

  EVENT FOLLOW-UP 

12/1/14

 

Sumi-e Painting Workshop

 

by Taeko Metzler

 

Sumie workshop

Click on the photo to see more  

 

Monday

December 1 @6:30 pm

 

Lamar Middle School & Fine Arts Academy

6201 Wynona 

Austin, TX 78757

 
 
EVENT FOLLOWUP 
 

  EVENT FOLLOW-UP 

12/17/14

 

 

 

Bonenkai 2014

Click on the photo to see more  

 

Wednesday

December 17 @7:00 pm

 

11101 Burnet Road 

Austin, TX 78758 

 
EVENT FOLLOWUP 
 

  EVENT FOLLOW-UP 1/4/15

  

 

by Aya Koga

 

Kakizome

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 Sunday

January 4 @2:30p

 
605 Robert E Lee Rd
Austin TX 78704
 
EVENT FOLLOWUP 
 
EVENT FOLLOW-UP  2/8/15

 

 

Rosanjin Kitaoji and Conceptions of Japanese Cuisine

 

by Dr. Nancy Stalker

  

Rosanjin

Click on the photo to see more
 
Sunday
February 8 @ 1:00 pm

9033 Research Blvd 
Austin, TX 78758
 
EVENT FOLLOWUP 
 

  EVENT FOLLOW-UP 3/1/15

 

 

JASGA First 

 

JASGA First Gala

Click on the photo to see more.

 

Sunday

March 1 @ 4:00 pm

 

  Vintage Villas Hotel & Events
 

 4209 Eck Lane 

Austin, TX 78734
 

 
EVENT FOLLOWUP 
 
EVENT FOLLOW-UP  3/21/15
    
 
 
by Ms. Elaine Browning
 

Grassroots Summit

  
Saturday 
March 21 @2:00 pm


Old Quarry Library

7051 Village Center 

Austin, TX 78731  

 
EVENT FOLLOWUP 
 
EVENT FOLLOW-UP  
SXSW 2014
3/11-22/2015
 

 JAPAN DAY @SXSW 2015

 

Japan Preview show @ Grackle

 

Happy 20th SXSW Japan Nite @ Elysium

 

Japanese Makers & Hardware Party 

by DMM.make AKIBA 

 

Filmmakers in Focus: Made in Japan 

 

Pirates Canoe  

@ Downtown Austin 
 
EVENT FOLLOWUP 
 
EVENT FOLLOW-UP  3/22/14
    
 
hosted by AARC
 

Okinawan Taiko

  
Sunday 
March 29@ 12:00 pm


 

City of Austin Parks and Recreationn 
 

 
UPCOMING EVENT
 

 UPCOMING EVENT  in May

 

Japanese Shibori Workshop
 
by Lynne Brotman
  

Lynne Brotman

  
 
TBD
 
UPCOMING EVENT
 

 UPCOMING EVENT  6/28/15

 

 Koto and Shakuhachi Concert
 
 

Koto Shakuhachi

  
Sunday
June 28 
  
TBA

 

JASGA Newsletter

 Spring 2015

is compiled and edited by:

Kako Ito 

 

Dear Kako,

 


 Happy Spring!

Spring has already started in Austin and Central Texas.  We certainly appreciate the full bloom of bluebonnet and wild flowers everywhere in Austin and central Texas.  Hope you enjoy the short spring time in Texas.   

 

Meanwhile, as for the 2015 Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom Forecasts, it will still be possible to view the peak blooms in northern Tohoku region and Hokkaido in Japan from the mid of April to early May. There are also several cherry blossom festivals in the U.S., for example, those in Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Northern California

Red Moon on April 4 and "April Snow" Cherry Blossom 
 
 Although many people excited about seeing the total lunar eclipse or blood-red moon on April 4, it was reported that a partial lunar eclipse was seen behind fully bloomed cherry blossoms in Utsunomiya, north of Tokyo. 

Red Moon

Lunar Eclipse

 

Four days later, on April 8, Tokyo area was hit with an unseasonable cold spell which left cherry blossoms in some parts of the country covered in snow.

 

The cherry blossoms are Japan's most iconic symbol of spring, and by the time their buds open the country is warm enough.  Nevertheless, people still enjoy seeing the blossoms covered with snow.

 

Sakura Spring snow
 
Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters who have made our First Award Dinner Gala a success!

Save the Date

Dr. Tsusui

Keiji Asakura

Sumie Kaneko

 

Gala Sponsors:

 

CGP Buffalo TEL

 

Auction Donators:

 

Cho Sushi, Therapeutic Massage & Body Work, Uchi + Uchiko, UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, Sun Dragon Japanese Traditional Seido Karate, Vintage Villas Hotel & Events, Megumi Sakurai, Aya Koga, Takeshi Udagawa, Kako Ito 

 

Thanks for promoting our first gala on the website of the Consulate General of Japan in Houston!

 

Thanks again to our Gala host committee members

 

Click here to view photos from the event. 

 

Attendees

ONGOING and UPCOMING PROGRAMS                  

 

 Spring 2015 Japanese Language Program

 

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

The classes continue to meet every Wednesday and Thursday until April 22nd and 30th. 

 

AUSTIN:

Lamar MiddleSchool & Fine Arts Academy

6201 Wynona Avenue

Austin, TX 78757

 

Summer 2015 Japanese Language Program

 

The registration for Summer 2015 Japanese language and Shodo classes will start soon. Please visit our home page (www.jasga.org) and calendar in the mid-end of Apri. You will also receive the registration info. Please watch your email box!

 

The Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) is organizing a Central Texas and Austin delegation to attend the 25th Japan-America Grassroots Summit 2015 which will be held on July 6-13 in Oita Prefecture, Japan. 


 This Grassroots Summit is an annual large-scale meeting of Japanese and American citizens, held alternately in Japan and America.  The summit aims to strengthen the peaceful relationship between Japan and America by fostering grassroots friendships.  The Summit is managed jointly by the CIE and the Summit Volunteer Committee.  This week-long trip, which is open to the general public, includes a homestay in a Japanese community. 


 Oita prefecture is located in the southern island, Kyushu. The region is blessed with natural treasures, as it is close to both the mountains and the sea, and it has a rich history and cultural heritage. Oita is famous for onsen (hot springs) such as Beppu and Yufuin and is known as the "Onsen Capital of Japan".

 

Application Deadline:

Early Bird discount - $100 till March 31, 2015
Regular deadline: May 7, 2015

Youth Discount:

Students (12-25 years old) $100 discount 
Children (3-11 years old) $200 discount
Infant (0-2 years old) $300 only for all costs
 

Download the brochure, and find the participation fee on the last page of the brochure.

 

Download the application form 

 

Oita Summit     

 

  

 

 

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY Japan Campus                  

 

 High School Summer Program in Tokyo

 

Temple JP campus

Temple University Japan Campus invites high school students to a summer of language and cultural experiences in dynamic Tokyo. The 10 day program includes a unique mix of Japanese language classes and one of three exciting electives. With field-trips in Tokyo, an overnight excursion to Nikko, and a trip to DisneySea, this will be your Tokyo story to remember.

 

For any questions, Contact here.

 

Asahi Imports (Entrepreneur)
Harmony Real Estate Group (Entrepreneur)
 
Barbara Lazar & Gregory Surfs (Family)

Mary Feng & family (Family)
Kyle Milner (Friend)

Chris Norden & Carol Chung (Friend)
 

 (Student/Individual/Family Membership)
Ichiro & Makiko Umekawa
Mike Miller
Sally McConnell
James Rodriguez
Kenneth Yuichiro Wallace
Kyle Okazaki
John Schellenberg
Abbigail Fraiser & Matthew Bosway
Sheila Tan
Nolan Bader-Saye
Michael Goins
Daniela Lawson
Alex Dalton
Zack Vallow
Michael Tom
Priscila Ochoa
Katrina Johnson
Tessa Fujimoto
Clement Ho
Joshua Collins
Diana Puglisi
Georgia Pearson
Stephen Sebastian
Daniel Zilber
Masako Wetzel
Matthew Pryor
Tracy Parker
 

Thanks for Renewed for Membership 

  (Student/Individual/Family)    

Mike Miller
Richard, Madeline, Erika Meier
Allen Lea
Erin Larkin
Junichiro Yatsu
Nancy Hohengarten & Family
Susan Thompson and Family
Yoshiteru Asano
Mark Eaton
Takeshi & Mami Udagawa
Karen Pittman
Masako Wetzel
Wesley Estes
Aleksaun'dria Hancock

Stay active and see you at JASGA's upcoming program and events!  We'd love to see all of you!
 
 
Sincerely,
 

JASGA logo   

 

 

Japan-America Society of Greater Austin

www.jasga.org