Newsletter Volume 41

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Japan-America Society of Greater Austin
Fall/Winter 2016
 
Newsletter Vol. 41
 
December 2016
In This Issue
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 9/17
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 10/26
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 12/13
ONGOING EXHIBITION
UPCOMING EVENT 1/4
UPCOMING EVENT.1/8
JAPANESE LANGUAGE -SHODO PROGRAM
Renewed Corporate Members
NEWSLETTER EDITOR
2016 JASGA'S AKI MATSURI 11/12
Visit...
 
  
 
  
  
 
 
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
 
 
  THANK YOU
 
jasga.org
 
 
 
EVENT FOLLOWUP 
 
 EVENT FOLLOW-UP 
9/17/16
  
with
Kokoro Judo Club
 
Kokoro Judo club
Click on the image to see photos.
(photo credit: Adam Meester) 
 
As part of the Japanese martial arts series, JASGA presented Judo demonstration by the Kokoro Judo club practitioners led by Glenn Marcias. This demo was the first time for us to present Judo, one of the Japanese martial arts, to the JASGA community.
 
EVENT FOLLOWUP 
 
 
  EVENT FOLLOW-UP 
10/26/16
 
 
  
JETRO seminar
 
JASGA's Corporate members and partners were invited to attend the JETRO Technology Seminar.
Thank to the Keynote speake, Eisuke Tsuyuzaki, JETRO Japan Technology Advisor for presenting the insight analysis.
 
EVENT FOLLOWUP 
 
  EVENT FOLLOW-UP 
12/13/16
 
忘年会
forget-the-year party
 
Bounenkai Click the photo above  to see more
(Photo Credit: Adam Meester)
 
Thank you to those of you who have supported JASGA programs and events in 2016. We celebrated the end of the year and had a good time together with the Japanese tradition of Bonenkai - the end of the year gathering.
 
@ Musashino Sushi Dokoro
 
ONGOING EVENT  
 
 
ONGOING EXHIBITION   
 
10/1/2016 - 1/1/2017
   
  
  
In the Wake

Plan your visit 
 
Houston TX
 
UPCOMING EVENT
 
  UPCOMING EVENT 
Wednesday
1/4/17
12:00 noon
 
and 
Oshogatsu
 
Tsugaru Shamisen Concert

4000 Galleria Pkwy
Bee Cave, TX 78738
 
 
UPCOMING EVENT
 
UPCOMING EVENT 
 
Sunday
1/8/2017
2:00 PM
 
(Fist Japanese calligraphy of the new year)
and 
 
 
Kakizome
Ryuto Koike

605 Robert E. Lee Road
Austin TX 78704
 
 
UPCOMING  PROGRAM
 
Spring 2017
Japanese Language and
Shodo Program
  
Int 1-2
Shodo
  
The registration for Spring 2017 Japanese language and Shodo classes will start in the mid-end of January. Please visit our home page (www.jasga.org) and calendar sometime in the beginning of January. You will also receive a registration information via email.  Please watch your email box!
 
 
Thank You for Renewal
JASGA Corporate Members
 

  Bronze Bridge Builder      
 
Mitsui Sumitomo Marine Management
 
          Cocos Cafe       Asahi Imports

 

JASGA Newsletter

 Fall/Winter 2016

is compiled and edited by:

Kako Ito 

 
 
Greetings!
 
 
December is here and JASGA just finished our Bounenkai, the end-of-the-year or forget-the-year party.  
 
Shogatsugoto-hajime (正月事始め, New Year Preparations):  December is called Shiwasu(師走) in Japanese which literally means "teachers run around." This word reflects the busiest month of the year. During December, Bounenkai gatherings are held among co-workers or friends. It's a Japanese custom to send oseibo (end-of-year gifts) around this time of the year. Also, it's customary to write and mail Nengajo (Japanese New Year's postcards) in December so that they are delivered on New Year's Day.
 
On the winter solstice (冬至 toji), some Japanese traditions are observed, such as eating kabocha pumpkin and taking yuzu bath. The reason for that is our wish to stay healthy during the winter by keeping warm and eating nutritious food.
 
Toji Kabocha Yuzu bath
 
An important Japanese end-of-year custom is 
oosoji (extensive cleaning.) Oosoji is traditionally practiced when the weather is rather cold. It's important to welcome a new year with a clean state, and all cleanings are done at home, work, and school before New Year's holiday.
 
When the cleaning is done, New Year's decorations are usually placed by December 30 around and inside houses. A pair of kadomatsu (pine and bamboo decorations) is placed at the front door or at the gate. Shimekazari or shimenawa made with a twisted straw rope, paper decorations, and a 
tangerine mikan are hung in various locations to bring good luck. It's said that bamboo, pine, tangerines are symbols of longevity, vitality, and good fortune.
 
Kadomatsru
 
Shime Kazari
 
Another New Year's decoration is kagami-mochi 
which usually consists of two round shaped mochi rice cakes one on top of the other.
 
Kagami mochi
 
As many people are off work from the national holiday on the 23rd of December (Emperor's birthday) to the 3rd of January in Japan.  After the all busy work, the Japanese usually spend New Year's Eve (oomisoka) rather quietly with the family. It is traditional to eat toshikoshi-soba (buckwheat noodles for passing the year ) on New Year's Eve since thin long noodles symbolize longevity. People say to each other "yoi otoshiwo" which means "Have a nice year passing" at the end of the year.

Toshikoshi soba
 
Before midnight on New Year's Eve, temple bells across Japan begin to toll slowly 108 times. It's called joya-no-kane. People welcome the new year by listening to the sound of temple bells. It is said that the temple bell tolls purify ourselves of our 108 worldly desires. At many temples, visitors can strike joya-no-kane. You might need to arrive early to participate in tolling the bells.
 
Joya no Kane
 
2016 Japan Fall Festival was a success!
 
 
Japan Fall Festival was a success!

Thanks to all those who helped us to make JASGA's 10th Aki Matsuri - 2016 Japan Fall Festival - such a great success!
 
The effort and dedication of all groups, including performers, demonstrators, vendors, exhibitors, volunteers, students from JASGA Japanese Calligraphy class, Japanese class students at McCallum & LASA high school as well as the generosity of our festival sponsors, auction and giveaways donors, are much appreciated.
 
Please click here and here to view photos from the Festival.
 
Enjoy the 2016 Aki Matsuri Japan Fall Festival Highlight video.

2016 Aki Matsuri Performers and Presenters:
太鼓 Japanese Drums | Austin Taiko
民謡踊り Japanese Folk & Festive Dance | Austin Japanese Folk Dance group
誠道塾空手道 Japanese Traditional Seido Karate | Sun Dragon Martial Arts and Self Defense
茶の湯 Tea Demonstration| Sheila Fling (Tea name: Soshin)
沖縄舞踊 Okinawa Traditional Dance | Setsuko Kuniyoshi, Miyagi-ryu Nosho-kai Ryukyu Dance School
日本舞踊 Japanese Traditional Buyo | Marie & Amy Yamamoto, Jansen Wada
盆踊り Bon Dance | Fall Festival participants & Austin Japanese Folk Dance Group
居合道 Iaido Japanese Martial Arts | Austin Komei Juku
剣道 Kendo Japanese Martial Arts | UT Kendo Club & Austin Kendo Doshikai
 
2016 Aki Matsuri Sponsors:
Anime Austin | Coco's Cafe | Asahi Imports | Kome Sushi Kitchen | Yakult USA | ANA

Food & Arts Vendors:
Asahi Imports | Coco's cafe | Kimono Yawara | Kyoto Weddings | Sachi Creations | LAQ Blocks | Murals x Muzacz | ANIMANIA | ChibiKaos Studios
 
2016 Exhibitors:
Anime Austin

Silent Auction and Giveaways Donors:
Robin Jackson Photography | Austin Anime | Coco's Cafe | Uchi | Kome | Fukumoto | Daito | Umi Sushi & Grill | Daruma Ramen | Michi Ramen | Saten | Dragon's Lair Comics and Fantasy | Terra Toys | Alamo Drufthouse Cinema | ifly World | Pong Club | Evan Taniguchi | Jan Jarboe Russell | Kako Ito | Rodney Pedraza | Sun Dragon Martial Arts & Self Defense | Kimono Yawara | Kyoto Weddings | Murals x Muzacz | LAQ Blocks | Vikie Ojeta | Sachi Creations | YAKULT USA | BB&T 

2016 Aki Matsuri Program

Thanks to the 2016 JASGA's Japan Fall Festival Volunteers:
William Groot, Mary Feng, Alex Ciccone, Georga Shirai, Quintin Reyes, Esteban Reyes, Rie Grams, Robyn Westerlund, Katsuya Sato, Aki Omikawa, Kai Jones, Chris Jones, Kazuko Maeda, Yoko Morgan, Tami Nagasawa, Aya Koga, Chika Endo, Kyoko Kushiro, Aaron Himmler, Adam Meester, Colin Bestable, Emi Nishimura, Yu Otuska, Sora Arisaka, Sota Iwasaki, Keiichi Yamamoto, Kenichi Ono, Celena Urabe, Michael Schaefer, Toshio Nishida, Hiroko Karch, Japanese language class students at McCallum & LASA high school, (Kako Ito)


Special thanks to visit our 10th Japan Fall Festival, Deputy Consul-General Iwasaki and Vice Consul Takase at the Consulate-General of Japan in Houston

Thank you again and we'd love to see you all at 2017 Aki Matsuri ~ Japan Fall Festival!
 
Stay warm and see you at JASGA's upcoming programs and events in January 2017.  We'd love to see all of you!
 
Have a Happy holiday Season!
 
 

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