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Announcements http://jasga.org/taxonomy/term/13/all en 2017 Summer Japanese Language and Shodo Programs http://jasga.org/news/announcements/2017-summer-japanese-language-and-shodo-programs <p> Thank you for your interest in Japan-America Society of Greater Austin Japanese Language Classes. We currently offer Japanese language and Shodo, Japanese calligrapy classes at various levels in Austin. Registration is now open!</p> <p> At a glance</p> <p> Class location this Summer 2017 - O. Henry Middle School<br /> The start date: Wednesday, 5/3/2017<br /> Levels from total beginner to advanced<br /> 10 meetings of 1-hour or 1.5-hour classes, once per week<br /> Hiragana and Katakana workshop<br /> Business Japanese (Advanced)<br /> Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) preparatory course<br /> Classes of 5 - 12 students<br /> Experienced, native Japanese-speaking instructors and college degree holders<br /> Tailored private tutoring classes available<br /> Offers Corporate Program<br /> Young kids class and Older children class are avaialble<br /> Registration Deadline: <strong><span style="color:#ff3333;">Sunday, April 30, 2017</span></strong></p> <table border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" style="width: 656px;" width="656"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p> <strong>Class Information</strong></p> <table border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" style="width: 397px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <a href="http://www.jasga.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&amp;id=436" target="_blank">Beginning I&nbsp;- Austin</a></td> <td> 5/3-7/19 &nbsp; &nbsp;6:00-7:<span data-scayt_word="00pm" data-scaytid="7">00pm</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <a href="http://www.jasga.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&amp;id=437" target="_blank">Beginning II - Austin</a></td> <td> 5/3-7/19 &nbsp; &nbsp;7:00-8:<span data-scayt_word="00pm" data-scaytid="8">00pm</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <a href="http://www.jasga.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&amp;id=438" target="_blank">Beginning III - Austin</a></td> <td> 5/3-7/19 &nbsp; &nbsp;8:00-9:<span data-scayt_word="00pm" data-scaytid="11">00pm</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <a href="http://www.jasga.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&amp;id=164" target="_blank">Intermediate I - Austin</a></td> <td> 5/3-7/19&nbsp; &nbsp;6:00-7:0<span data-scayt_word="30pm" data-scaytid="15">0pm</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <a href="http://www.jasga.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&amp;id=189" target="_blank">Intermediate III - Austin</a></td> <td> 5/3-7/19&nbsp; &nbsp;7:00-8:<span data-scayt_word="00pm" data-scaytid="12">00pm</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <a href="http://www.jasga.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&amp;id=534" target="_blank">Intermediate IV&nbsp;- Austin</a></td> <td> 5/3-7/19 &nbsp; 8:00-9:0<span data-scayt_word="30pm" data-scaytid="16">0pm</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <a href="http://www.jasga.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&amp;id=535" target="_blank"><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Pre-Advanced V - Austin</span></a></td> <td> 5/3-7/19&nbsp; &nbsp;7:30-9:<span data-scayt_word="00pm" data-scaytid="17">00pm</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <a href="http://www.jasga.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&amp;id=611" target="_blank"><span data-scayt_word="Shodo" data-scaytid="19">Shodo</span> <span data-scayt_word="Jpn" data-scaytid="23">Jpn</span> Calligraphy</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.jasga.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&amp;id=611" target="_blank"><span style="color:#009900;">I</span></a><span style="color:#009900;">&nbsp;</span>/&nbsp;<a href="http://www.jasga.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&amp;id=525" target="_blank"><span style="color:#660099;">II</span></a></td> <td> 5/3-7/19 &nbsp; 8:00-9:<span data-scayt_word="00pm" data-scaytid="18">00pm</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <a href="http://www.jasga.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&amp;id=557" target="_blank">Japanese for Young Kids</a></td> <td> 5/3-6/28 &nbsp; 6:00-7:0<span data-scayt_word="30am" data-scaytid="24">0am</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <a href="http://www.jasga.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&amp;id=612" target="_blank">Japanese for Children/Teens</a></td> <td> 5/3-6/28 &nbsp; 7:00-8:<span data-scayt_word="00pm" data-scaytid="6">00pm</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> <td valign="top"> <p> <strong>Additional Information</strong></p> <ul style="padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px;"> <li> <strong><a href="http://www.jasga.org/programs/japanese-language-classes/class-levels" target="_blank">Class Levels</a></strong></li> <li> <strong><a href="http://jasga.org/news/announcements/locations-class-schedule-spring-and-fall" target="_blank">Class Locations &amp; Schedule</a></strong></li> <li> <strong><a href="http://www.jasga.org/programs/japanese-language-classes/class-fee" target="_blank">Class Fees</a></strong></li> <li> <strong><a href="http://www.jasga.org/programs/japanese-language-classes/private-tutoring">Private Tutoring</a></strong></li> <li> <strong><a href="http://www.jasga.org/programs/japanese-language-classes/corporate-language-study">Corporate Classes</a></strong></li> <li> <strong><a href="http://www.jasga.org/programs/japanese-language-classes/teacher-bios" target="_blank">Instructor Bios</a></strong></li> <li> <strong><a href="http://www.jasga.org/programs/japanese-language-classes/class-policies">Class Policies</a></strong></li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> <strong><span style="color:#ff3333;">No Classes : July 5 &amp; 12, 2017</span></strong></p> <p> Language Class discounts are available to all Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) General Members and employees of Corporate Members.</p> <p> Note: The benefit offers depends on the <a href="http://jasga.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&amp;id=4" target="_blank"><span style="color:#3300ff;">corporate membership level</span></a></p> <p><a href="http://jasga.org/news/announcements/2017-summer-japanese-language-and-shodo-programs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Announcements Japanese Language Classes Sat, 22 Apr 2017 04:10:43 +0000 kako.ito 866 at http://jasga.org Traditional Cultural Arts in Japan: Chanoyu and Ikebana Hands-On Workshop http://jasga.org/news/announcements/traditonal-cultural-arts-japan-chanoyu-and-ikebana-hands-workshop <p> JASGA cultural program in April 2017 presents Japanese traditional arts - <em>Chanoyu</em> (tea ceremory) and Ikebana (flower arranging) hands-on workshop. This hands-on workshop will provide an introduction to Chanoyu <span style="font-size:14px;">(茶の湯)</span>, Japanese tea ceremony and ikebana <span style="font-size:14px;">(生け花)</span>, the Japanese art of flower arranging.</p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><img alt="" src="http://jasga.org/sites/default/files/biao_wu_ji_fu_.jpg" style="width:280px;height:187px;float:right;" />Date:  </strong>Saturday, April 15 2017<br />             Chanoyu (Tea Ceremony) 12:00-1:30 pm<br />             Ikebana (Flower Arranging) 2:00-3:30 pm</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Place: </strong>Greene Room, Zilker Botanical Gardenn Center</span></p> <p> <a href="http://www.jasga.org/civicrm/event/register?id=618&amp;reset=1" target="_blank"><span style="color:#ff3333;">Register</span></a> for the Chanoyu and/or Ikebana Hands-On Workshop.</p> <p> <strong>Limited Seating:</strong>  Advance Registration Required (to purchase matcha, sweets, or flowers and prepare the necessary utensils and tools in advance.)</p> <p> </p><p><a href="http://jasga.org/news/announcements/traditonal-cultural-arts-japan-chanoyu-and-ikebana-hands-workshop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Announcements Tue, 11 Apr 2017 21:34:34 +0000 kako.ito 865 at http://jasga.org The World Heritage Sites in Japan - Photography Exhibition and Opening Reception http://jasga.org/news/announcements/world-heritage-sites-japan-photography-exhibition-and-reception <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>世界遺産<span style="color:#ff3333;">フォト</span>展覧会</strong><br /> <strong>THE WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN JAPAN PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION </strong></span></span></p> <p> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://jasga.org/sites/default/files/banners/41.jpg" style="width: 280px; float: right; height: 373px;" />Dates: &nbsp;April 6 ~ April 21, 2017<br /> Hours: 9:00am ~ 5:00pm<br /> Reception: Thursday, April 6 6:30pm<br /> Venue: Tokyo Electron USA Lobby<br /> Admission: Free&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></span></strong></p> <p> <strong>Overview:</strong> In order to preserve humanity&rsquo;s cultural heritage for future generations, the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Culture and Natural Heritage was adopted by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1972. The countries which ratified the treaty have pledged to protect and preserve the World Heritage Sites within their borders.</p> <p> As of July 2016, 20 sites in Japan have been added to the World Heritage List: 16 cultural sites and 4 natural sites. In addition, the category of &ldquo;intangible cultural heritage&rdquo; has been created to preserve oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, and festival events. Recently, UNESCO declared w<em>ashoku</em> (Japanese cuisine) to be an intangible cultural heritage. &nbsp;(Photo &copy;Kazuyoshi Miyoshi/PPS: Itsukushima‐jinja Shinto Shrine, Hiroshima)</p> <p> The country&rsquo;s mountainous geography and four distinct seasons mean that the physical environment of Japan can be harsh. The Japanese people have dwelt in harmony with this environment for millennia. The wooden architecture of Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, sacred and holy places for Japanese people, stands as a monument to this heritage of adaptability and harmony. From ancient times, Japanese have believed nature and all objects contain &ldquo;神- kami&rdquo; (spirits). We hope that the beautiful photographs by Kazuyoshi Miyoshi will enable you to feel the reverence inspired by these carefully preserved sites. &nbsp;<a href="http://jasga.org/sites/default/files/banners/artshow2017outline.pdf" target="_blank">Download the Poster</a>. &nbsp; <a href="http://jasga.org/sites/default/files/banners/flyer2_-_the_world_heritage_sites_in_japan.pdf" target="_blank">Download the Exhibition Flyer</a>.</p> <p></p><p><a href="http://jasga.org/news/announcements/world-heritage-sites-japan-photography-exhibition-and-reception" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Announcements Sun, 09 Apr 2017 03:53:06 +0000 kako.ito 864 at http://jasga.org Spring 2017 Japanese Language and Shodo Programs http://jasga.org/news/announcements/spring-2017-japanese-language-and-shodo-programs <p> Thank you for your interest in Japan-America Society of Greater Austin Japanese Language Classes. We currently offer Japanese language and <span data-scayt_word="Shodo" data-scaytid="1">Shodo</span>, Japanese <span data-scayt_word="calligrapy" data-scaytid="2">calligrapy</span> classes at various levels in Austin. Registration is now open!</p> <p> At a glance</p> <p> Class location this Spring 2017 - Anderson High School<br /> The start date: Wednesday, 1/25/2017<br /> Levels from total beginner to advanced<br /> 12 meetings of 1-hour or 1.5-hour classes, once per week<br /> <span data-scayt_word="Hiragana" data-scaytid="3">Hiragana</span> and <span data-scayt_word="Katakana" data-scaytid="4">Katakana</span> workshop<br /> Business Japanese (Advanced)<br /> Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (<span data-scayt_word="JLPT" data-scaytid="5">JLPT</span>) preparatory course<br /> Classes of 5 - 12 students<br /> Experienced, native Japanese-speaking instructors and college degree holders<br /> Tailored private tutoring classes available<br /> Offers Corporate Program<br /> Kids Class (younger than 6 years old)<br /> Registration Deadline: <span style="color:#ff3333;">Saturday, January 21, 2017</span></p> <p><a href="http://jasga.org/news/announcements/spring-2017-japanese-language-and-shodo-programs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Announcements Japanese Language Classes Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:00:56 +0000 kako.ito 862 at http://jasga.org Kakizome and Tsugaru Shamisen Performance http://jasga.org/news/announcements/kakizome-and-tsugaru-shamisen-concert <p> For its second cultural and educational program of 2017, <span style="background-color:#FFFFFF;">JASGA</span> joined the <span style="background-color:#FFFFFF;">Umlauf</span> Sculpture Garden and Museum family day on January <span>8th</span>.  We invited a <span style="background-color:#FFFFFF;">shamisen</span> player, 17-year-old <span style="background-color:#FFFFFF;">Ryuto</span> <span style="background-color:#FFFFFF;">Koike</span>, who is from Sapporo, Hokkaido.  He has been practicing <span style="background-color:#FFFFFF;">Tsugaru</span> <span style="background-color:#FFFFFF;">shamisen</span> for 13 years.  He played traditional <span style="background-color:#FFFFFF;">Tsugaru</span> <span style="background-color:#FFFFFF;">Shamisen</span> pieces. It was a rare opportunity to have a traditional <span style="background-color:#FFFFFF;">Shamisen</span> player during the new year's days in Austin.  Many of the audience enjoyed the Japanese traditional instrumental music despite the cold weather.  </p> <p> We also invited a certified calligrapher <span>Aya</span> Koga to share with us the traditional Japanese New Year's custom of <span>kakizome</span>. <span>Kakizome</span> (in Japanese, "first writing" <span>書き初め</span>) is the first calligraphy written at the beginning of the yea. <span>Kakizome</span> is traditionally held on January <span>2nd</span> in Japan when people write positive and encouraging words and phrases with calligraphy brush and ink.  Some audience members were invited to participate to write own <span>Kakizome</span> after the demonstration.  </p> <p> Thank you for coming by the January family day and share the experiences with <span>Tsugaru</span> <span>Shamisen</span> performance and <span>Kakizome</span>, Japanese first calligraphy of 2017!</p> <p> <span style="color:#663366;">(Click on each photo to view photo albums.)<br /></span></p><p><a href="http://jasga.org/news/announcements/kakizome-and-tsugaru-shamisen-concert" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Announcements Thu, 12 Jan 2017 05:09:40 +0000 kako.ito 861 at http://jasga.org JASGA's 10th Aki Matsuri Japan Fall Festival was a success! http://jasga.org/news/announcements/jasgas-10th-annual-japan-fall-festival-was-success <p> <a href="http://www.jasga.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&amp;id=603" target="_blank"><span style="color:#ff6600;">JASGA&#39;s 10th Aki Matsuri 秋祭り</span></a><br /> <strong><span style="color:#ffcc00;">2016 Japan Fall Festival </span></strong>was a success!</p> <p> Thanks to all those who helped us to make JASGA&#39;s 10th Aki Matsuri - 2016 Japan Fall Festival - such a great success!</p> <p> The effort and dedication of all groups, including performers, demonstrators, vendors, exhibitors, volunteers, students&nbsp;from&nbsp;JASGA&nbsp;Japanese Calligraphy class,&nbsp;Japanese class students at McCallum &amp; LASA high school as well as the generosity of our festival sponsors, auction and giveaways donors, are much appreciated.</p> <p> Please click <a href="https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMjFdxSov2chHif-EJ2-9uE18wu4WlQLnJaJF7GXcZGoYB4iXwEkp86tFTCNcTNtA?key=ZEthLVlDZzdJOVdhSG5EOFZwVk82ZGRtdXYzRW13" target="_blank"><span style="color:#ff6633;">here</span></a> and <a href="https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMHSHVbvagt26p3iorRcqdKTqAz0iRRFAGirUS3IqtQYmPCOclbD8NR_oaLBj97Ug?key=cGRZXzZXalFHQWktUkhTdWxQbE0zR05id0ZXWFZn" target="_blank"><span style="color:#ff6600;">here</span></a> to view photos from the Festival.</p> <p> <a href="https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMHSHVbvagt26p3iorRcqdKTqAz0iRRFAGirUS3IqtQYmPCOclbD8NR_oaLBj97Ug?key=cGRZXzZXalFHQWktUkhTdWxQbE0zR05id0ZXWFZn" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://jasga.org/sites/default/files/banners/2016akimatsuri_kanban2.jpg" style="height: 281px; width: 187px;" /></a>&nbsp;<a href="https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMjFdxSov2chHif-EJ2-9uE18wu4WlQLnJaJF7GXcZGoYB4iXwEkp86tFTCNcTNtA?key=ZEthLVlDZzdJOVdhSG5EOFZwVk82ZGRtdXYzRW13" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://jasga.org/sites/default/files/banners/2016nichibu3.jpg" style="height: 281px; width: 200px;" /></a>&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGjO_wqmSFXnFdZjzQ86a5w" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://jasga.org/sites/default/files/banners/2016outsideline.jpg" style="width: 270px; height: 180px;" /></a></p> <p> 2016 Aki Matsuri ~ Japan Fall Festival <a href="https://vimeo.com/193284547" target="_blank"><span style="color:#ff3300;">Highlight video</span></a><span style="color:#ff3300;">&nbsp;</span>(videographer Yu Otuska)</p> <p></p><p><a href="http://jasga.org/news/announcements/jasgas-10th-annual-japan-fall-festival-was-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Announcements Press Releases Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:19:17 +0000 kako.ito 860 at http://jasga.org 2016 Japan Fall Festival ~ JASGA's 10th Aki Matsuri http://jasga.org/news/announcements/2016-aki-matsuri-japan-fall-festival <p> <span style="color:#cc0000;">Come Join Us and Have Fun!</span><br /> <span style="color:#660033;">2016 Aki Matsuri 秋まつり</span><br /> <span style="color:#ff6600;">JASGA&#39;s 10th Annual Japan Fall Festival</span></p> <p> <a href="http://jasga.org/sites/default/files/banners/2016jpn-fall-fest_omikawa.pdf" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://jasga.org/sites/default/files/banners/2016jpn-fall-fest_omikawa.png" style="width: 200px; float: right; height: 259px;" /></a>Taiko drums, Japanese traditional <em>buyo</em> and festive dance, traditional musical instruments, the beauty of the Chanoyu&nbsp;presentatation, Japanese martial arts, and Okinawan traditional dance -- all this will bring the esthetic gifts of Japanese culture to Austin and Central Texas during the 2016 Aki Matsuri, Japan Fall Festival.</p> <p> Visitors will enjoy a range of Japanese food and sweets, drink sampler, Japanese arts, games, anime goods, yukata booth, calligraphy, origami hands-on, Japanese entertainment. In addition, there will be Silent Auction for items such as airline ticket to Japan, restaurants and massage/spa gift certificates, Japanese art collections, anime &amp; festive goods, games, kimono, Obi, accessories, door prize, and more! &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p> Those who wear Cosplayed, Lorita, Harajuku, Tokyo street fashion, Kimono participants are always welcome and Win the Fashion Contest!</p> <p> Saturday, November 12, 2016   <br /> 12:00-4:00 PM<br /> O. Henry Middle School</p> <p><a href="http://jasga.org/news/announcements/2016-aki-matsuri-japan-fall-festival" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Announcements Mon, 03 Oct 2016 14:50:28 +0000 kako.ito 858 at http://jasga.org Fall 2016 Japanese Language and Shodo Programs http://jasga.org/news/announcements/fall-2016-japanese-language-and-shodo-programs <p style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 18.003999710083px;"> Thank you for your interest in Japan-America Society of Greater Austin Japanese Language Classes. &nbsp;We currently offer Japanese language&nbsp;class at various levels in Austin. &nbsp;Registration is now open!</p> <div class="content" style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 18.003999710083px;"> <p style="line-height: 18px;"> <strong>At a glance</strong></p> </div><p><a href="http://jasga.org/news/announcements/fall-2016-japanese-language-and-shodo-programs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Announcements Japanese Language Classes Fri, 09 Sep 2016 04:43:40 +0000 kako.ito 856 at http://jasga.org End of Summer Classical Music Concert http://jasga.org/news/announcements/end-summer-classical-music-concert <p> <a href="http://jasga.org/sites/default/files/banners/summer_classical_music_concertedie082116.pdf" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://jasga.org/sites/default/files/banners/summer_classical_music_concertedie082116.png" style="width:200px;height:259px;float:right;" /></a>In late summer of 2016, Japan-America Society of Greater Austin hosted the <span style="color:#cc6666;">End of </span><a href="http://jasga.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&amp;id=600" target="_blank"><span style="color:#cc6666;">Summer Classical Music Concert</span></a> with a young piano, cello and violin trio. We also invited a bright, talented guest pianist.  <span>JASGA</span> was delighted to host the performance by these promising young musicians. We would like to thank everyone who attended the Sunday afternoon concert.  All of us surely enjoyed their music.</p> <p> Young classical musicians are:<br /> Trio: <span>Yurina</span> <span>Umekawa</span> (Piano), Daniel <span>Meglino</span> (Cello), <span>Laoise</span> Matsumoto (Violin)<br /> Guest Pianist:  Eddie Yoshida<br /> * Ave Maria: accompanied by <span>Gelsomina</span> <span>Megiino-piano</span><br /> * Violin solo: accompanied by <a href="http://www.southwestern.edu/departments/faculty/faculty.php?id=tamagawk&amp;style=music" target="_blank"><span style="color:#000000;">Kiyoshi </span></a><span><a href="http://www.southwestern.edu/departments/faculty/faculty.php?id=tamagawk&amp;style=music" target="_blank"><span style="color:#000000;">Tamagawa</span></a>-piano</span></p> <p> Please click <a href="https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNR1Zy4dQNMO8i1-m42JOygC_zrVHVsRbnJcOdSQGPAFkUaZfCg0cC4Bh9vjZh_IA?key=bjQ4dTd2cS1neFNmdExIVHlNTkxWR28zLXVFR19B" target="_blank"><span style="color:#ff3333;">here</span></a> and <a href="https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipOJ_4q0bBbqnNfo_zKf3t3QTa348If0owTC_-LH8WhHf2jvPMRcxNgPbojQFEt62A?key=cGlWS0FSSHBCOEhqRy0tQ0g5TEUzVU1reG43bFhB" target="_blank"><span style="color:#ff3333;">here</span></a> to view photos from the concert.</p> <p> Please also enjoy the <a href="https://vimeo.com/180451540" target="_blank"><span style="color:#ff3333;">concert video</span></a>.  </p> <p> <a href="http://jasga.org/sites/default/files/banners/summer_classical_concert_program.pdf" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://jasga.org/sites/default/files/banners/summer_classical_concert_program_page_1.png" style="width:220px;height:170px;float:right;" /></a>This concert is sponsored by: Anne <span>Akiko</span> Meyers (<span>JASGA</span> Lifetime &amp; Bronze member <span style="color:#6666ff;">@anneakikomeyers.com</span>) and Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (@<span style="color:#6666ff;">jasga.org</span>).</p> <p> Thank you again for the wonderful performance and supporting young musicians!   <a href="http://jasga.org/sites/default/files/banners/summer_classical_concert_program.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color:#ff3333;">Download</span></a> the program.        </p> <p> "I had no idea that when I began violin lessons at 4 years old, music would so deeply influence and enrich my entire life. It has introduced me to many different cultures and wonderful relationships, all from learning this uniquely powerful universal language. I am so thrilled to know that music is a part of all your lives and wish you much success. </p> <p> Stay humble and feel gratitude and appreciation as your commitment to creating something beautiful will help carry you throughout your life." --- by Anne <span>Akiko</span> Meyers</p> <p><a href="http://jasga.org/news/announcements/end-summer-classical-music-concert" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Announcements Tue, 30 Aug 2016 01:26:27 +0000 kako.ito 855 at http://jasga.org Summer 2016 Japanese Language and Shodo Programs http://jasga.org/news/announcements/summer-2016-japanese-language-and-shodo-programs <div class="content" style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 18.004px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);"> <p> Thank you for your interest in Japan-America Society of Greater Austin Japanese Language and <span data-scayt_word="Shodo" data-scaytid="8">Shodo</span> Japanese Calligraphy Classes. We currently offer Japanese language and <span data-scayt_word="Shodo" data-scaytid="9">Shodo</span> classes at various levels in Austin. Registration is now open!</p> <p> <strong>At a glance</strong></p> </div><p><a href="http://jasga.org/news/announcements/summer-2016-japanese-language-and-shodo-programs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Announcements Japanese Language Classes Tue, 03 May 2016 02:01:08 +0000 kako.ito 852 at http://jasga.org Taniguchi Japanese Garden and Sustainable Japanese Garden Design http://jasga.org/news/announcements/taniguchi-japanese-garden-and-sustainable-japanese-garden-design-public-space <p style="font-size: 13.3px; line-height: 18.9px;"> <img alt="" src="http://jasga.org/sites/default/files/banners/keijiasakura-evantaniguchi.jpg" style="width: 170px; height: 128px; float: right;" />The Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (<span data-scayt_word="JASGA" data-scaytid="1">JASGA</span>) invited two principal speakers from architecture and landscape engineering design firms to speak at the <span data-scayt_word="Zilker" data-scaytid="2">Zilker</span> Botanical Garden Center Auditorium on Saturday, March 26, 2016.</p> <p style="font-size: 13.3px; line-height: 18.9px;"> <span style="font-size: 13.3px; line-height: 18.9px;">Evan </span><span data-scayt_word="Taniguchi" data-scaytid="3">Taniguchi</span><span style="font-size: 13.3px; line-height: 18.9px;">&nbsp;opened the event and talked about his grandfather, </span><span data-scayt_word="Isamu" data-scaytid="6">Isamu</span><span style="font-size: 13.3px; line-height: 18.9px;"> </span><span data-scayt_word="Taniguchi" data-scaytid="4">Taniguchi</span><span style="font-size: 13.3px; line-height: 18.9px;">, who built the </span><span data-scayt_word="Taniguchi" data-scaytid="5">Taniguchi</span><span style="font-size: 13.3px; line-height: 18.9px;"> Japanese Garden.</span></p> <div style="font-size: 13.3px; line-height: 18.9px;"> <div> <span data-scayt_word="Keiji" data-scaytid="7">Keiji</span> <span data-scayt_word="Asakura" data-scaytid="8">Asakura</span>&nbsp;talked about &nbsp;the Japanese garden and its relevance in our American <img alt="" src="http://jasga.org/sites/default/files/banners/evangarden.jpg" style="width: 170px; height: 113px; float: right;" />culture in the past, present and future - how it had helped shaped our landscape and horticulture in the past, how the idea is informing and shaping our design of public spaces today, and how it may transform our relationship with nature into a more sustainable path.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> After the presentations, Evan led the participants out to the <span data-scayt_word="Taniguchi" data-scaytid="9">Taniguchi</span> Garden to enjoy the plum, peach and cherry blossoms and the other plants there.</div> <div> </div></div><p><a href="http://jasga.org/news/announcements/taniguchi-japanese-garden-and-sustainable-japanese-garden-design-public-space" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Announcements Press Releases Sat, 09 Apr 2016 21:31:43 +0000 kako.ito 851 at http://jasga.org G.G. Jazz Piano Trio Concert http://jasga.org/news/announcements/jazz-concert-female-jazz-trio-gg <p> <span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 13.3px; line-height: 18.9px;"><a href="http://jasga.org/sites/default/files/gg_flyerv02.pdf" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://jasga.org/sites/default/files/gg_flyer_v02x800.jpg" style="width: 180px; float: right; height: 233px;" /></a>The Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (<span data-scayt_word="JASGA" data-scaytid="1">JASGA</span>) presents a jazz concert in Austin with three Japanese jazz players, alumnae of the <span data-scayt_word="Berklee" data-scaytid="3">Berklee</span> College of Music, on Monday, March 21, 2016. &nbsp;They are currently living in Tokyo, New York, and Austin. &nbsp;<span data-scayt_word="JASGA" data-scaytid="2">JASGA</span> is delighted to host their concert of creative, organic, and relaxing jazz music. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 13.3px; line-height: 18.9px;"><span data-scayt_word="Takana" data-scaytid="4">Takana</span> <span data-scayt_word="Miyamoto" data-scaytid="5">Miyamoto</span> (P), <span data-scayt_word="Noriko" data-scaytid="6">Noriko</span> <span data-scayt_word="Ueda" data-scaytid="7">Ueda</span> (B), and <span data-scayt_word="Masumi" data-scaytid="8">Masumi</span> Jones (Ds) formed a jazz piano trio called <span data-scayt_word="Groovin" data-scaytid="9">Groovin</span>&#39; Girls (</span><span style="font-size: 13.3px; line-height: 18.9px;">G.G.)&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.3px; line-height: 18.9px;">piano trio in Boston. &nbsp;After the release of their first album, Piece of Cake, the group separated, making their way to Georgia, New York and Texas. After 15 years building their careers as musicians, the three members reunited at a studio in Tokyo in the summer of 2014. Rather than having lengthy conversations, they instantly started recording, reuniting and bonding together through their music. Their new album Ruby Road is a precious compilation; although each track has a theme, the recording focuses more on the trio&#39;s performance and sounds.</span></span></p> <p></p><p><a href="http://jasga.org/news/announcements/jazz-concert-female-jazz-trio-gg" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Announcements Wed, 24 Feb 2016 20:27:13 +0000 kako.ito 850 at http://jasga.org Spring 2016 Japanese Language and Shodo Programs http://jasga.org/news/announcements/spring-2016-japanese-language-and-shodo-program <p style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 18.004px;"> Thank you for your interest in Japan-America Society of Greater Austin Japanese Language Classes. &nbsp;We currently offer Japanese language and Shodo&nbsp;calligraphy classes at various levels in Austin. &nbsp;Registration is now open!</p> <div class="content" style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 18.004px;"> <p style="line-height: 18px;"> <strong>At a glance</strong></p> </div><p><a href="http://jasga.org/news/announcements/spring-2016-japanese-language-and-shodo-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Announcements Japanese Language Classes Wed, 13 Jan 2016 06:13:20 +0000 kako.ito 848 at http://jasga.org JASGA's Ninth Annual Japan fall Festival was a success! http://jasga.org/news/announcements/jasgas-ninth-annual-japan-festival-was-success <p> <span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="color:#006600;"><span style="font-family:georgia, serif;"><strong><span class="summary"><strong>2015&nbsp;<span><span data-scayt_word="Aki" data-scaytid="1">Aki</span></span>&nbsp;<span><span data-scayt_word="Matsuri" data-scaytid="2">Matsuri</span></span></strong>&nbsp;-&nbsp;<strong>秋祭り &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</strong></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p> <strong style="font-family: georgia, serif; color: rgb(204, 0, 0); line-height: 18px;"><span data-scayt_word="JASGA's" data-scaytid="3">JASGA&#39;s</span>&nbsp;ninth Annual Japanese Fall Festival was a success!</strong></p> <p style="margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px;line-height:18px;font-family:cambria, georgia, 'times new roman', serif;color:rgb(0,128,0);font-size:14pt;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px;line-height:18px;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia, serif;"><span style="color:rgb(0,128,0);"><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);">Thanks to all those who helped us to make the ninth&nbsp;<span><span data-scayt_word="JASGA's" data-scaytid="4">JASGA&#39;s</span></span>&nbsp;<span><span data-scayt_word="Aki" data-scaytid="5">Aki</span></span>&nbsp;<span><span data-scayt_word="Matsuri" data-scaytid="6">Matsuri</span></span>&nbsp;- Japan Fall Festival 2015 - such a great success!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The effort &nbsp;and dedication of all groups,&nbsp; including performers, demonstrators, vendors, exhibitors, volunteers, Japanese language class student of <span><span data-scayt_word="JASGA" data-scaytid="10">JASGA</span> and&nbsp;</span>McCallum high school </span></span>&nbsp;as well as the generosity of our festival sponsors, auction and prize donors, are much appreciated.</span></span></p> <p style="margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px;line-height:18px;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px;line-height:18px;"> <span style="color:#333333;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><strong style="line-height:18.003999710083px;"><span style="font-family:georgia, serif;">Please click</span></strong></span></span><strong style="line-height:18.003999710083px;"><span style="color:rgb(255,51,51);">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/110394368989733383430/JASGAS9thJapanFallFestivalPhotoCreditSatokoYuda?authuser=0&amp;feat=directlink" style="color:rgb(204,0,0);" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;</strong><span style="color:#333333;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong style="line-height:18.003999710083px;">and</strong></span></span></span><strong style="line-height:18.003999710083px;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><font color="#ff3333">&nbsp;</font></span></span><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/110394368989733383430/2015AkiMatsuriPhotoCreditKenichiOno?authuser=0&amp;feat=directlink" target="_blank"><span style="color:rgb(204,0,0);">here</span></a></strong><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia, serif;"><span style="color:#333333;"><strong style="line-height:18.003999710083px;">&nbsp;to view photos from the </strong></span></span><span style="color:#333333;"><strong style="line-height:18.003999710083px;">Festival.</strong></span></span><span style="color:#333333;"><span style="font-family:tahoma, geneva, sans-serif;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><span style="color:rgb(0,0,102);"><span style="font-family:tahoma, geneva, sans-serif;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></span><span style="color:rgb(0,128,128);font-family:georgia, serif;font-size:11px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height:18px;"> <span style="font-size:10px;"><strong style="font-family:georgia, serif;color:rgb(51,102,255);"><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/110394368989733383430/JASGAS9thJapanFallFestivalPhotoCreditSatokoYuda?authuser=0&amp;feat=directlink" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://jasga.org/sites/default/files/banners/4minyo.jpg" style="width:215px;height:144px;" /></a></strong><strong style="font-family:georgia, serif;color:rgb(51,102,255);">&nbsp;<a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/110394368989733383430/JASGAS9thJapanFallFestivalPhotoCreditSatokoYuda?authuser=0&amp;feat=directlink" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://jasga.org/sites/default/files/banners/2nichibu.jpg" style="width:215px;height:144px;" /></a>&nbsp;<a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/110394368989733383430/JASGAS9thJapanFallFestivalPhotoCreditSatokoYuda?authuser=0&amp;feat=directlink" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://jasga.org/sites/default/files/banners/1bonodori.jpg" style="width:210px;height:140px;" /></a></strong></span></p> <p style="line-height:18px;"> <strong style="font-size:10px;font-family:georgia, serif;color:rgb(51,102,255);"><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/110394368989733383430/2015AkiMatsuriPhotoCreditKenichiOno?authuser=0&amp;feat=directlink" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://jasga.org/sites/default/files/banners/2iaido.jpg" style="width: 206px; height: 153px;" /></a>&nbsp;</strong><strong style="font-size:10px;font-family:georgia, serif;color:rgb(51,102,255);"><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/110394368989733383430/2015AkiMatsuriPhotoCreditKenichiOno?authuser=0&amp;feat=directlink" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://jasga.org/sites/default/files/banners/9yukata2.jpg" style="width: 219px; height: 146px;" /></a>&nbsp;<a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/110394368989733383430/2015AkiMatsuriPhotoCreditKenichiOno?authuser=0&amp;feat=directlink" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://jasga.org/sites/default/files/banners/8jasgasign.jpg" style="width: 216px; height: 144px;" /></a></strong></p> <p style="line-height:18px;"> <span style="color:#3333ff;"><strong><u><span style="font-family:georgia, serif;">2015&nbsp;<a href="https://vimeo.com/148306491" target="_blank"><span><span data-scayt_word="Aki" data-scaytid="11">Aki</span></span>&nbsp;<span><span data-scayt_word="Matsuri" data-scaytid="12">Matsuri</span></span>&nbsp;Video Clip</a></span></u></strong></span></p> <p style="line-height:18px;"> </p><p><a href="http://jasga.org/news/announcements/jasgas-ninth-annual-japan-festival-was-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Announcements Press Releases Thu, 05 Nov 2015 05:31:34 +0000 kako.ito 847 at http://jasga.org 2015 Aki Matsuri - Japan Fall Festival http://jasga.org/2015-aki-matsuri-japan-fall-festival <p style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px;"> <span style="color:#c9171e;"><strong><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 22px;">Come Join Us! &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></span></strong></span></p> <p style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px;"> <span style="color:#d7ad10;"><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 20px;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18px;">2015&nbsp;<span data-scayt_word="Aki" data-scaytid="1">Aki</span>&nbsp;<span data-scayt_word="Matsuri" data-scaytid="3">Matsuri</span>&nbsp;<span data-scayt_word="秋まつり" data-scaytid="5">秋まつり</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 18.004px;"> <span style="color:#d3381c;"><span style="font-size: 20px;"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span class="summary"><strong><span style="font-style: italic;"><span data-scayt_word="JASGA's" data-scaytid="6">J<span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">ASGA&#39;s</span></span><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">&nbsp;Ninth Annual Japanese Festival</span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px;"> <span data-scayt_word="Taiko" data-scaytid="7">Taiko</span> drums, Japanese traditional and festive dance, traditional musical instruments, the beauty of the <span data-scayt_word="Chanoyu" data-scaytid="8">Chanoyu</span>&nbsp;ceremony, Japanese martial arts, and&nbsp;<span data-scayt_word="Okinawan" data-scaytid="9">Okinawan</span>&nbsp;traditional dance -- all this will bring the esthetic gifts of Japanese culture to Austin and Central Texas during the&nbsp;2015&nbsp;<span data-scayt_word="Aki" data-scaytid="2">Aki</span> <span data-scayt_word="Matsuri" data-scaytid="4">Matsuri</span>, Japan Fall&nbsp;Festival.</p> <p> <strong style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px;"><img alt="" src="http://jasga.org/sites/default/files/banners/aki-matsuri2.jpg" style="width: 170px; float: right; height: 220px;" /></strong></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px;"> <span class="summary">Visitors will enjoy a range of Japanese food and sweets, drink sampler, arts and Japanese&nbsp;</span>goods, <span data-scayt_word="Yukata" data-scaytid="10">Yukata</span>&nbsp;booth, calligraphy, origami hands-on, Japanese games and entertainment. In addition<span class="summary">, there will be surprise gifts and Silent Auction for items such as airline ticket to Japan, restaurants massage/spa&nbsp;</span>gift certificates<span class="summary">, Japanese art collections, &nbsp;Anime &amp; Festive goods, games, &nbsp;Kimono, Obi,&nbsp;</span>Kimono accessories, door prize, and more! &nbsp;Those who wear&nbsp;<span data-scayt_word="Yukata" data-scaytid="11">Yukata</span>, Kimono,&nbsp;<span data-scayt_word="cosplayed" data-scaytid="13">cosplayed</span>,&nbsp;<span data-scayt_word="Lorita" data-scaytid="14">Lorita</span>, <span data-scayt_word="Harajuku" data-scaytid="15">Harajuku</span>, Tokyo street fashion participants are always welcome and Win the Fashion Contest!</p> <div> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px;"> <strong style="text-align: right;">Saturday, October 17, 2015 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;   </strong></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px;"> <strong>12:00-4:00 PM &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px;"> <a href="http://ohenrypta.org/about/contact-us/" target="_blank"><span style="color:#007b43;"><strong>O. Henry Middle School</strong></span></a></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px;"> &nbsp;</p> </div><p><a href="http://jasga.org/2015-aki-matsuri-japan-fall-festival" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Announcements Sat, 19 Sep 2015 18:08:45 +0000 kako.ito 845 at http://jasga.org