Welcome! ようこそ!



The Japan-America Society of San Antonio, or JASSA, was established in 1985 to foster increased

  understanding and cooperation between the citizens of San Antonio and the citizens of Japan. As a non-profit, educational and cultural group we strive in numerous ways to make Japanese culture become better known in San Antonio.

Aki Matsuri 2015: Imagine Japan 

Our fall festival will be held on Sunday, October 25th from 11 am to 6 pm, at the Japanese Tea Gardens near Brackenridge Park in San Antonio. We are expecting over 1,000 people to attend this year! Please expect plenty of vendors (food and merchandise), performance opportunities, a new JASSA members only Craft and Arts Consignment booth, and a surprise guest from Japan.

Please look forward to what promises to be one of our biggest Aki Matsuris to date!

Festival volunteers are needed for set up and break down at the site, at the gate, at the food and water booths, and for other areas.

If you are interested in volunteering  please message us at info@jas-sa.org and your name will be put on a list to be contacted for specific job duties.

Special Announcements - 特別なお知らせ

Next General Membership Meeting:

September 13, 2 - 4pm at the Thousand Oaks Library

You are cordially invited to our September General Membership Meeting!

Our program will be a brief exploration of renowned Kabuki artist Bandō Tamasaburō V and his extraordinary traditional work plus a recognition of his contemporary artistry. We will also view a brief dance videoshowcasing this captivating tradition.

In addition, we will be holding elections for Parliamentarian and 2nd Vice President of Programs.
Planning to attend? We ask that you please take a moment to register here.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Fall 2015 Japanese Language Classes

Nothing provides for more immediate feedback and self-satisfaction than learning a language! JASSA is offering language classes to any and all who would like to learn Japanese and more about the culture.  

Classes start September 1, 2015 and are offered on Tuesday evenings at St. Anthony High School, 3200 McCullough, San Antonio. 

Click here to find out more and to register for a class.


Join us Saturday, September 26 from 2 pm - 5 pm for a special screening of "Kasamayaki" co-hosted by UTSA and JASSA. Viewers will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the film's director, Yuki Kokubo, who will be attending a reception preceding the film and a panel discussion afterwards.

For more information on Kasayamaki and the film's director, please click here.
For parking information and directions, please click here.

Announcing our 2015 Scholarship Winners!

The judges Toni Gustafson, Roger Pratt, and Carol Costello have decided the four winners of the JASSA scholarship for 2015. They are outstanding young scholars with GPAs of more than 3.5, all of whom have taken Japanese courses, and who plan to integrate Japan into their careers! 

                                              Click here to learn more about our winners.

Special Member Benefit

The Imperial Hotel in Tokyo is extending special discounts to members of the Japan-America Society of San Antonio.
Please click here to read more about this great offer! 


    Email Only Membership is now available!

                                   No membership fees required.

Please click here to sign up and receive updates and special announcements from JASSA free of charge!



Upcoming Classes

September 01, 2015 6:00 PM • 3200 McCullough Ave, San Antonio, TX
September 01, 2015 6:00 PM • 3200 McCullough Ave, San Antonio, TX
September 01, 2015 6:00 PM • 3200 McCullough Ave, San Antonio, TX
September 01, 2015 7:00 PM • 3200 McCullough Ave, San Antonio, TX
September 01, 2015 8:00 PM • 3200 McCullough Ave, San Antonio, TX



JASSA Events


Along with other special events, the Autumn Matsuri festival was a great sucess.  There was quite an array of music, dance, foods, arts and crafts, martial arts, tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and cosplay.  Thanks to all who attended and those who worked so hard to make it a success!


JASSA participates in the Annual Asian New Year Festival to bring Japanese foods, culture, and activities to thousands of people.  New additions include the King William Fair, Founders Day Celebration, Koi Festival, and Anime Convention.


If you are interested in helping with planning and initiation of these wonderful events, please contact our board of directors.  You can also indicate your interests on your membership profile through this website.



Education & Culture


JASSA coordinates scholarships, offer Japanese Language Classes, Calligraphy Classes, Outreach activities for K-12 schools, and much more.  For more on our educational programs, see JASSA Educational Programs.


Throughout the year, we sponsor or host demonstrations in Japanese arts and culture, many co-sponsored by our sister City, Kumamoto City, Japan. Watch our events calendar for more opportunities and information.



Japan-America Relations


Through its Sister City Committee, JASSA assists visiting groups and individuals who have come to San Antonio from Kumamoto. JASSA also works with San Antonio Department of International Relations and other organizations for special events and international programs.


Quarterly Meetings

Meetings of the Society are an opportunity to gather with others who are interested in Japan and its culture, whether it is for planning, networking, or just the chance to visit in English and Japanese with others who share that heritage.


JASSA Membership

The Japan-America Society invites you to become a part of all we do - from fundraising, to great events, to sharing Japanese and American customs with others. Please join or renew your membership now.


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New in Town?

JASSA offers an Area Guide in Japanese language for visitors and new residents. It has useful information about San Antonio and South Texas.

JASSA Guide to San Antonio Area


サンアントニオ生活ガイド 。

Scholarship Fund

Collected: $1,250.00
Goal: $10,000.00
With current low interest rates, JASSA's annual College Scholarship Program has lost some of its effectiveness. Please help us reach our goal over the next few months with your donation.

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