Aki Matsuri – A Japanese Fall Festival in Austin

It’s that time of year again. The temperatures are finally reasonable, and there’s a touch of Fall in the air in the Austin area. That means it’s time for the Japan-America Society of Greater Austin’s annual Aki Matsuri (Fall Festival). Attendees can enjoy taiko drumming performances, traditional Japanese and Okinawan dances, and lots of good food.

Here are the details for tomorrow’s event:

Saturday, November 16, 2013
12:00-4:00 PM
O. Henry Middle School
2610 W 10th St Austin TX 78703

Free for JASGA members & under 18
$5 for non-members

See you there!

South-by-Far East – SXSW 2012 Japan Nite Lineup

One of my favorite times of the year is coming up – Japan Nite at South-by-Southwest, when we can all come together and jam to some up-and-comers from throughout Japan. As usual, Elysium at 705 Red River will be hosting the event. Get there by 6:30 on Friday, March 16th to enjoy the show. In previous years, we’ve been blessed to see bands like The Pillows and Chatmonchy without having to fight through a crowd of thousands of crazy fans. Perhaps one of the bands this year will be the next big hit.

So, let’s take a look at the lineup for Japan Nite 2012:

The Rubies

From: Yokohama, Japan
On Stage at 7pm

Band Members:

  • Kazuya
  • Osuke
  • Daisuke – Drummer
  • “Taro” – Tamborine

Photos from Ikkicon VI

I managed to make it out to Ikkicon VI this past weekend for a few hours, mostly at the behest of the ATX Lolitas, who wanted me to take photos of their fashion show. I thought I had a press pass arranged for the event, but unfortunately that fell through. Still, I got some decent shots.

For those of you who don’t know, there are roughly 3 anime conventions in Austin, Texas every year:

  1. Ikkicon - generally on or around New Years every year.
  2. Ushicon - generally takes place in the late Winter or early Spring and is held in Round Rock.
  3. Anime Overload – generally occurs in July or August

Other nearby conventions include Project A-Kon and San Japan.

Now for the photos:

If you want more of a fix for your con addiction, here are some excellent videos from MLS Studios:

We’ll see you at the next con!

2011 Harvest Moon Festival Photos

Yesterday, the Asian American Cultural Center of Austin held its Harvest Moon Festival and 11th Anniversary Celebration. So I grabbed my Nikon and headed over to their Jollyville Road campus for some photos. I didn’t arrive until 11:00, so I missed the performance by Austin Taiko as well as the Hawaii and Polynesian Dance. And I left just before the Chinese Dance, Thai Music, and Lion Dance by the Summit Dragon Dance Team. But I still got some great photos. Check them out in the slideshow below.

For more information about the Asian American Cultural Center, check out their website or drop by their campus at 11713 Jollyville Road, Austin, TX 78759.

Best anime this season – Usagi Drop.

Best anime this season - Usagi Drop.