Upcoming Events

October 17, 2015 5:00 PM • The Alliance House, 120 Adams St., San Antonio 78210
October 22, 2015 6:00 PM • San Antonio College, 1819 N Main Avenue San Antonio, TX 78212
November 05, 2015 • Various Locations

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 Garden near Brackenridge Park in San Antonio. This year's festival features a special guest from Japan, the one and only KUMAMON bear mascot!  He'll be performing and available for photos and fun.  Visit our Kumamon booth for free give-aways and to purchase Kumamon merchandise.  Have some refreshment at the JASSA Yakisoba booth, the Kai Restaurant booth, and the Jingu Tea House.  Find Japanese treasures at the JASSA Consignment Booth, at Otaku Cafe and Minnano Japanese Grocery booths. Observe a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, hear the shakuhachi flute, taiko drumming and see Okinawan dance.  Listen to Kamishibai story telling while watching Sumo and Karate demonstrations! The kids will love to participate in arts and crafts from Japan, try on a kimono, and visit the lovable Kumamon. For the high school and college crowd a Cosplay fashion show, J-pop dance, Karaoke singing and the video game tribute band from Austin, "The Returners" will entertain.  There is something for everyone at Aki Matsuri, and we look forward to seeing you there!


We depend on our JASSA volunteers to help out with the many tasks of running the show including taking tickets at the Entry Gates, helping set up and break down tents/tables/chairs, distributing information on the festival, and recruiting new members.  We have a Food Booth, 2 Water Booths and a Consignment Booth which need staffing for sales, set up and break down.  Shifts range from 2 to 4 hours, giving you time to enjoy the festival!

Click here to sign up and see specific time slots and available jobs.

Aki Matsuri 2015 is supported by:

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 

Thanks to our generous sponsors!

Special Announcements - 特別なお知らせ

"Where Rivers Meet": A World Premiere Event

Produced by University of the Incarnate Word, St. Luke's Episcopal Church and School and Theatre Nohgaku.


This Fall, JASSA members have a unique opportunity to experience one or more of a remarkable array of events inspired by Japanese theatre arts. "Where Rivers Meet," imagined and coordinated by Dr. Kevin Salfen, Assoc. Professor of Music, UIW, offers a feast of events including a film series, a mask-making workshop led by Master artisan Hideta Kitazawa, a symposium and an exhibition of "The Arts of Noh" at the San Antonio Central Library. All excellent. The pièce de résistance, however, will be the world premiere of "Where Rivers Meet," a triple bill featuring  the Noh play Sumida River, a new Kyogen-inspired "Song of the Yanaguana," by Texas Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla and the Noh-influenced "Curlew River" by Benjamin Britten. There will ONLY be two performances of this triple bill in San Antonio: Thursday, November 5 and Friday November 6. Tickets are free but space is limited!

JASSA will host a reception prior to the November 6, performance at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. 

If you would like to attend the November 6 performance under the JASSA block reservation, please e-mail Toni Gustafson, VP of Programs. at tonigirl46@att.net  ASAP

Taste the World: International Pot luck

Come join the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of San Antonio this October 17th, as we celebrate the beautiful cultures of the world as represented by the San Antonio Community. Admission is only $10 and promises a fulfilling evening of food, drink, and entertainment. 

The Pot Luck will take place at The Alliance House at 120 Adams Street. San Antonio from 5pm to 8pm.To purchase your ticket, please click here.

All proceeds will help fund a development project led by a current Texan Peace Corps Volunteer.

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



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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