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December 06, 2015 5:00 PM • 2535 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78230

          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 

All Images courtesy of Minako Miyamoto. 

We ask that you please contact JASSA for further usage rights and permissions.

Over 1800 people attended Aki Matsuri this year, making it our biggest festival to date! Certainly of note was our guest of honor, Kumamon, who visited all the way from our sister city Komamoto, Japan, to spread joy and friendship across San Antonio.

JASSA would like to thank all our performers, vendors, and booths who made sure delicious food and activities were never in short supply. We would also like to thank all our volunteers. It was with your commitment and efforts that our festival was able to go off without a hitch!

Finally, JASSA would like to thank all our sponsors who
  made Aki Matsuri and Kumamon's visit possible! Without your assistance, we certainly could not have accomplished such an eventful Aki Matsuri.


Aki Matsuri 2015 was made possible 

thanks to our generous sponsors!

City of San Antonio Department for Culture and Creative Development


City of San Antonio International Relations Office


San Antonio Parks and Recreation

San Antonio Parks Foundation

Jingu Tea House


Valero Energy Foundation

Giving is our tradition

Consulate-General of Japan in Houston 

Special Announcements - 特別なお知らせ

Bounenkai: JASSA's Year End Party!

Now is your chance to register for JASSA's year end party, Bounenkai, taking place on Sunday, December 6, from 5-7 pm.

This year's Bounenkai is made possible with generous support from Kai Sushi: Japanese & Asian Cuisine, where our evening will be taking place.

Registration is free of charge for JASSA individual, family, and corporate members. Nonmembers and e-mail only members can register for Bounenkai for only $40.

During our festive evening, we will be presenting the title of Honorary President and Lifetime Membership to Sr. Margit Nagy in recognition of her "Order of the Rising Sun" award from the Government of Japan.

Come join us for an evening of great food and fun as we celebrate 2015!

 Please click here to register for Bounenkai.

Sister Margit Nagy Receives the Order of the Rising Sun
from the Government of Japan

On Tuesday, November 3, 2015, the Government of Japan announced that Sister Margit Maria Nagy, CDP, Ph.D., Professor of History at Our Lady of the Lake University, is the recipient of “the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon”.

She was presented with this award in recognition of her esteemed service in the promotion of the mutual understanding between Japan and the United States of America. She is among the 89 individual recipients worldwide who were awarded this prestigious decoration by the Government of Japan.  Sr. Nagy is a founding member of the Japan America Society of San Antonio.

Please click here for the full press release.

Planning to Visit Japan?
JASSA Members get a Hotel Discount! 

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.

1Please click here to sign up and receive updates and special announcements from JASSA free of charge!


Upcoming/Ongoing Classes

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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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