JapanFest Weekend will be held September 19-20, 2014, from 10am to 6pm (Saturday) and 10am to 5pm (Sunday) at the Gwinnett Convention Center. Tickets are $8. Children age 6 or younger free. Teachers can bring their students to JapanFest for free by applying online at www.japanfest.org. Larger organizations can save money by purchasing advanced ticket packages online.
Despite its small size, the eight regions and 47 prefectures of Japan are known for their unique cultures, dialects, art forms, and foods. As such, the theme of this year’s JapanFest is “Re-Discover Japan,” and the festival’s organizing committee is making plans to celebrate and highlight the various cultural characteristics from the different parts of Japan.
Upcoming Events and Important Dates:
July–September: Summer Business Japanese Language Classes - A variety of levels of Japanese language classes are offered. Classes meet for two hours, one evening per week, for a total of eight weeks.
August 10 – December 18: Obirin University Global Outreach Program - The JASG welcomes students from Obirin University in Japan for a 16 week study abroad program where students study English while visiting and learning how various Japanese and U.S. companies operate in today’s global economy.
August 12–25: Obirin University Sports Business Program - The JASG welcomes students from Obirin University in Japan for a 2 week study abroad program where students visit various athletic facilities and professional sports teams and learn how the sports industry operates in the U.S.
August 27: Annual Membership Meeting - JASG members gather together for a recap of the Society’s activities over the past year and a look ahead at the year to come. New officers and board of directors are also voted in.
August: Young Professionals Tubing/Kayaking Trip - Join the JASG and its YP members and friends on this exciting river tubing/kayaking trip down the Chattahoochee River just north of Atlanta. The course is a 3+ mile trip that takes approximately 4 hours.
October: JASG YP/JETAASE Family Cook-Out & Undo-Kai - To follow the Japanese tradition of summer BBQs, JASG members and friends gather for a family-style barbecue cook-out. The event also features Japanese Undo-Kai (Field Day) activities for all ages.