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Japan-America Society of Greater Austin
Summer 2015
 
Newsletter Vol. 37
 
July 2015
 
In This Issue
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 4/23
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 6/16
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 6/17
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 6/28
EVENT FOLLOW 7/7
UPCOMING EVENT 7/21
UPCOMING EVENT 8/9
NEWSLETTER EDITOR
Japanese Language Program
Japan-America Grassroots Summit
TIEP Homestay Host
Temple University Japan
UPCOMIMG EVENT 7/19
Guest Essay
Visit...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
 

  

  Arigatou -Thanks!

 

  

 
 
EVENT FOLLOWUP 
 
 

  EVENT FOLLOW-UP 

4/23/15

 

The Train to Crystal City: Reading and Discussion with Author

 

 

Crystal City

 

Book reading at AARC

 

Author Jan Jarboe Russell presented for a book reading and discussion from her latest book,  The Train to Crystal City, which tells the dramatic and never-before-told story of a secret FDR-approved.  American internment camp in Texas during World War II, where thousands of families-many US citizens-were incarcerated.  

 

Mr. Isamu Taniguchi, who built the Taniguchi Japanese Garden in Zilkar Botanical Garden and donated the garden to the City of Austin stayed this internment camp. 

 

Thursday

April 23 @6:30 pm

 

Asian American Resource Center (AARC)

8401 Cameron Rd

Austin TX 78754

 
 
EVENT FOLLOWUP 
 

  EVENT FOLLOW-UP 

6/16/15

 

 

 Japan Economy and Business 

 

Tomodachi

  

Tuesday

June 16 @10:00 am


 

Organized by 

Greater Asian Chamber of Commerce

Asian American Resource Center

8401 Cameron Rd

Austin TX 78754 

 

 
EVENT FOLLOWUP 
 

  EVENT FOLLOW-UP 

6/17/15

  

 

 

 

US Bus Opportunities

 


 Wednesday

June 17 @5:30 pm

 
 
 
62108 Robert Dedman Dr.
Austin 78705
 
 
EVENT FOLLOWUP 
 
EVENT FOLLOW-UP  6/28/15

 

 

Koto and Shakuhachi Concert

 

 

by Yoko Reikano Kimura and 

James Nyoraku Schlefer

  

Koto & Shakuhachi

Click on the photo to see more

Kimura & Schlfer

Click on the photo to see more
 
 
Sunday
June 28 @ 3:00 pm

  
8134 Mesa Drive
Austin, TX 78759
 
 
EVENT FOLLOWUP 
 

  EVENT FOLLOW-UP 7/7/15

 

 

Tanabata Japanese Star Festival 

 

 

Tanabata Festibal

 

Co-hosted by the Children's Museum, Consulate General of Japan in Houston,  and the Japan American Society of Houston (JASH), the Star Festival was free to the public, 

 

Tuesday

July 7 @ 10:00 am

 

  The Children's Museum of Houston

 1500 Binz

Houston, TX 77004
 

 
UPCOMING EVENT
 

 UPCOMING EVENT  

Tue, 7/21


 

 

 
  

Austin Iwama Aikido

  
 
Tuesday, June 21 
7 :30 pm
 
Open to the public
Refreshments will be provided.
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING EVENT
 

 UPCOMING EVENT

Sun, 8/9

 

 
US-JAPAN
FRIENDSHIP 
GOLF TOURNAMENT
 
  

Tournament sponsor

 
 
 
 
Sunday, August 9
8:00 am
 
 
10500 Avery Club Dr. Austin, TX 78717
 

 

JASGA Newsletter

 Summer 2015

is compiled and edited by:

Kako Ito 

 

Dear Kako,

 

 

Happy Summer days!
Hope you enjoyed the Fourth of July and the fireworks.
The temperature is getting high and we have entered summer!

 
In Japan, Mountain-opening (yamabiraki) and Beach-opening (umibiraki) ceremonies take place at the beginning of July. It's finally climbing season -- the trails leading up Mt. Fuji are only open from the beginning or middle of July until the middle of September. 


Japan's native religion, Shinto, is polytheistic, in which there are many gods and goddesses. These gods and goddesses are believed to reside in a number of places, including tall mountains and ocean. There are Shinto ceremonies to wish for the safety of visitors at their mountains and beaches. Both yamabiraki and umibiraki signal the unofficial start of summer.


Mountain opening

Beach-opening

 
 
ONGOING AND UPCOMING PROGRAM 
 

ONGOING and UPCOMING PROGRAMS                  

 

 

 Summer 2015 Japanese Language Program

 

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JASGA has Japanese language classes that began in the middle of May. The classes continue to meet every Wednesday until July 29th. 

 

AUSTIN:

Lamar MiddleSchool & Fine Arts Academy

6201 Wynona Avenue

Austin, TX 78757

 

Fall 2015 Japanese Language Program

 

The registration for Fall 2015 Japanese language and Shodo classes will start in the beginning or Middle of September. Please visit our home page (www.jasga.org) and calendar in the mid of August. You will also receive a registration info via email.  Please watch your email box!

 
 
 

 

The Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) was organized a Central Texas and Austin delegation to attend the 25th Japan-America Grassroots Summit 2015 which is currently 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 (Center for International Exchange) 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".

 

Three delegates from Austin are currently visiting Beppu and will visit other cities in Oita Prefecture.

 

Oita Summit     

 

  

 

 

 
COMMUNITY NEWS
 


 TIEC/TIEP

Homestay Host Opportunity and Conversation Exchanges with Japanese high school students


The Texas Intensive English Program (TIEP) is hosting a group of 49 high school students from Mishima, Japan. 

 

They will have a weekend homestay experience with local hosts (Friday afternoon 7/31- Sunday afternoon 8/2.) .
  • Opportunity to host Japanese high school students or their teachers for one weekend
  • Dates: July 31 -August 2, 2015 
  • Stipend offered to help defray cost of hosting
Download the form for the Homestay Host Responsibilities program.
 
TIEP is planning three English conversation exchanges for the Japanese students to meet people from the Austin area. (Thu 7/23, Mon 7/27, & Mon 8/3  from 3-5pm 
at TIEP).
 
For details, contact Texas Intensive English Program
1103 West 24th Street
Austin, Texas 78705
 
Dr. Woody Smith, Associate Director
Woody.Smith@tiec.org
or 
Dr. Sarah Wagner, Academic Coordinator
Sarah.Wagner@tiec.org
512-477-4511 ext 137
 
 
July 29 - August 8, 2015

Temple Univ

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.

 
 
 
Thousand Origami Cranes (千羽鶴 Senbazuru) is a group of one thousand origami paper cranes  held together by strings. 
 
An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane. 
 
Please join the Asian Family Support Services of Austin (AFSSA) for their fundraising program at Asian American Resource Center (AARC).  
 
The Japan America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) will be a support partner for this AFSSA event on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 11:00am. 

For details, visit AFSSA event page.

Sunday
July 19 2015 
11:00 am -2:00 pm 
8401 Cameron Rd.
Austin, TX 78754
 
GUEST ESSAY
 
 
Guest Essay
 
Tanabata Festival
2015/07/07
Center for Complex Quantum Systems
The University of Texas at Austin
 
 
The most romantic festival in Japan is the Tanabata (七夕) Star festival that takes place every year on July 7.  This festival is similar to Valentine's Day in that it celebrates love. 
 
Tanabata festival originated from China during the Nara period of the 8th century. It was originally a ceremony of services for the departed souls of ancestors. At some point, the ceremony began to include an old Japanese legend of a weaving princess.  In this legend, a girl works on a loom in a shed next to a river and waits for a visit from a god on the evening of July 6.  When he comes to her, the girl becomes his wife and, thus, a goddess herself.  A similar romantic story of a Chinese weaving princess meeting and falling in love with a cowherd living among the stars in the Milky Way on July 7 combined with the Japanese legend to eventually become the Tanabata festival as we know it today.

Orihime-HikoboshiThe weaving princess and cowherd 


 

Shiramine Jinguh

       Tanabata dance at Shiramine Shinto shrine


 

On this day, Japanese people write their wishes on strips of colorful paper and hang them on bamboo trees. In the picture presented above, the girls are dancing around a decorated bamboo tree at Shiramine Shinto shrine in Kyoto.


 

Sendai Tanabata        Tanabata decoration at Sendai tanabata festival

 

Many Japanese towns compete for the most beautiful decorated bamboo tree. Among them, Sendai in northern Japan and Hiratuka near Tokyo claims to have the best and attract many tourists throughout the season.


 

Yukata

A western woman wearing yukata, summer Kimono
at Hiratuka Tanabata Festival
 

 
 
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