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Japan-America Society of Greater Austin
 
Spring  2017
 
Newsletter Vol. 42
 
May 2017
In This Issue
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 1/4
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 1/8
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 2/25
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 3/8
JAPANESE LANGUAGE -SHODO PROGRAM
NEWSLETTER EDITOR
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 4/6-23
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 4/15
EVENT FOLLOW-UP 5/14
Welcome New Corporate Members
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1/4/17
 
  
Ryuto Koike
Click on the image to see photos.  (photo credit: Takehiro Asazu) 
 
We opened the New Year 2017 with Tsugaru Shamisen Concert at the City of Beecave library. The participants had delicious Oshogatsu (New Year) lunch, prepared by Asahi Imports and sponsored by Village Builder Austin. We enjoyed the Japanese traditional Shamisen music performed by Ryuto Koike, Sapporo, who visited in Austin.
 
 
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1/8/17
Tsugaru Shamise
Kakizome
Click on the image to see photos.(photographer: Peter Binh Nguyen)
 
For its second cultural program of 2017, JASGA invited a Tsugaru shamisen player, 17-year-old Ryuto Koike. A large audience enjoyed his performance despite the the cold temperature.
 
We also invited a certified calligrapher Aya Koga to share with us the traditional Japanese New Year's custom of kakizome ("first writing" 書き初め). The audience could practice the Kakizome 2017.
 
 
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2/25/17
Japanese Garden Work Day
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(photo credit:: Kako Ito) 
 
About 30 volunteers joined the JASGA Community Service and Friends of Taniguchi Garden on Saturday, February 25t for our workday in the Taniguchi Japanese Garden.  We really appreciated the community's help to keep Austin's small Japanese Garden clean and lively.  All of us enjoyed working on the beautiful morning! 
Thank you all!!
 
 
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3/8/17
Kazushi Minami
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(photo credit::Kako Ito) 
 
 As part of the academic lecture series, JASGA presented a lecture by Kazushi Minami, a PhD candidate in the history department and a graduate fellow at the William P. Clements Jr. Center for National Security at the UT Austin. We leaned of numerous incidents in which American women contributed to build US-China relationship at the grassroots level.
 
 
ONGOING EVENT  
 
Summer 2017
 
 
  
Shodo
 
Begging
  
JASGA Japanese Language and Shodo classes for Summer 2017 started on May 3rd and will last until July 19th. 
(No Classes on 7/5 and 7/12)
 
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2610 W 10th St. Austin, TX 
78702
 
 

 

JASGA Newsletter

 Spring 2017

is compiled and edited by:

Kako Ito 

 
 
Dear Friends,
 
 
Happy Satsuki, May!
 
May is still Spring according to meteorologists, isn't it?  For the Northern Hemisphere, spring months are March, April and May while for the Southern Hemisphere, seasons are switched, and their spring is in September, October and November.

May is the season for many big festivals from Hakata, Kyushu to Sendai in northern Tohoku district in Japan. They are Hakata Dontaku, Hamamtsu Kite festival, Kanda matsuri (festival), Asakusa Sanja matsuri, Kyoto Aoi matsuri, Shimoda Kurofune matsuri, and Sendai Aoi matsuri. 

Yabusame ceremony
 Shimogamo Shrine Yabusame ceremony 鏑流馬神事
Hamamtsu matsuri
Hamamatsu matsuri, parade floats 
Tokyo Kanda matsuri
Kanda Matsuri portable shrine 
Kite Festival
Hamamatsu Kite Festival 
Hakata Dontaku
Hakata Dontaku
 
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4/6 - 23/17
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
®Kazuyoshi Miyoshi: Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto
 
Ryotan-ji Temple Garden
 ®Kazuyoshi Miyoshi:  Ryoan-ji Temple, Kyoto

Click here to see photos at the Reception.
(photo credit: Adam Meester) 
 
Click Video at the Reception 
(videographer: Yu Otsuka)
 
The World Heritage Sites in Japan Photography exhibition was held at Tokyo Electron Lobby from April 6-24, 2017. The Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) and Tokyo Electron jointly held the reception for the World Heritage Photography from Japan: two thousand years of legacies photo exhibition.  The exhibition features over 25 photos of Japan's beautiful World Heritage Sites taken by world-renowned photographer Katsuyoshi Miyoshi.  
 
This exhibit is made available through the collaboration of the Japan-America Society of Greater Austin, Tokyo Electron, Dr. Nancy Stalker (Dept of Asian Studies & History Dept, UT Austin), Taniguchi Architects, and the Japan Foundation.  
 
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4/15/17
  
 

Chanoyu
Ikebana
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Click on the image to see photos.
(photo credit:: Kako Ito)
 
JASGA cultural program in April 2017 presented Japanese traditional arts hands-on workshop; Chanoyu (Urasenke school) with Linda Mosley and Ikebana (flower arranging) with Yoshiko Imai (Ikenobo school).  
 
The participants enjoyed learning to whisk a bowl of matcha and drinking tea being mindful, welcoming and respectful of other people. They also explored varieties of matcha. 
 
 Then, the participants learned and discovered the elegant floral arts of ikebana and stepped into traditional Japanese aesthetics. They enjoyed creating their own floral artwork in a relaxed, friendly environment. 
 
 Thanks for instructor's assistance, Toshiko Hayashi and Michelle Ng Whitehead.
 
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5/14/17
Mother and Daughter
Mother and Son
Models lineup
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(photo credit:: Peter Binh Nguyen, Ken Kitta Segraves) 
 
JASGA presented a Yukata and Summer Kimono Fashion Show at the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum on Sunday,  May 14th.  We celebrated Mother's Day with models,volunteers, and a large audience on the Family Day.  It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon with lots of smiles and memories. 
 
Welcome Corporate Members!
 
 

 

 

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Sum Dragon Martial Arts
 
 
  Austin Komei Jyuku
 
        Okinawa Arts Research Studies World Scene        
 
Thank You for Renewal
JASGA Corporate Member!
 

 
 
Asakura Robinson
 
 
Stay active and see you at JASGA's upcoming programs and events.  We'd love to see all of you!
 
Have a happy early summer in Austin and Texas!
 
 

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