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Upcoming Festivals and Conventions
Orlando Japan Fest


Date: November 2nd, 2014


Time: 12:00 P.M.~5:00 P.M.


Where: The Village at Hunter's Creek

13574 Village Park Drive, Orlando, FL 32837





It is our pride and pleasure to announce the 14th Annual Orlando Japan Festival. It will be held on November 2, 2014 (Sun) from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Village at Hunters Creek, 13574 Village Park Drive Orlando, FL 32837. We are very grateful to the management of the Village to provide us the space for the last 7 years, which afford us to conduct our event free of charge to the public.


Because of your generous endorsement, this event has been growing and reaching out to a greater number of people every year. The Festival has been receiving excellent reviews and supports from individuals and businesses in the community. In order to meet the needs of a growing number of visitors, we are planning to improve and expand the accommodations such as toiletry and dining areas this year. As in the previous years, we will have a variety of performances and vendor booths for maximum entertainment and cultural appreciation. We will be truly grateful and look forward for you to be in a bigger part of the Festival than ever before.


The Festival not only benefits the local community to learn and experience the great art and traditions of Japan, but also helps the livelihood of people living in Asia. We donated a large portion of the last year’s proceeds to a school bus project for 2011 Tsunami victims in Kesennuma, Miyagi Japan. We also donated the equal amount to a Philippines Non-Profit Organization in Orlando to help the victims of 2013 Tsunami in Philippines.


Your sponsorship will not only help the community to come together for fun and for the great cause, it will also give the Orlando community a chance to get to know your organization. As a sponsor, you will receive exposure from advertising campaign and promotions for the event. The attached Sponsor Application Form will explain the different levels of sponsorship in detail. Your organization will be recognized as a leader in supporting the art and cultural diversity in our community. If you have any questions, please contact Yasu Inomata (IACE Travel 猪俣泰人) at (407) 351-9999 or email him to HYPERLINK "mailto:yinomata@iace-usa.com" yinomata@iace-usa.com. You can also access our websites for the event information: Orlandojapanfestival.com and/or jorlando.org. We appreciate your support in this endeavor, and look forward to working with you.


Date: November 1-2, 2014

Time: Please check convention website for specific times

Where: Jacksonville Marriott

Details: event details


WasabiCon is a fan convention designed to celebrate anime, gaming, and all things "geek." Year Three will take place at the Jacksonville, Marriott (in Jacksonville, Florida) on November 1-2, 2014. With over 14,000 square feet of convention space, the event will feature panels, workshops, a vendors room, and much more. Invited convention guests will be noted talent from anime, gaming, and pop culture... Geek culture. Extra spicy.





  FANdom Con

Date: November 7-9, 2014

Time: Please check website for times

Where: Emerald Coast Convention Center

Details: event details


FANdom Con is about being different. We strive to put on a conference featuring everything from cosplay and trivia contests to concerts and stand-up comedy. Each year our team aims to bring something new for fans to enjoy. After all, there is more to a convention than just dressing up! Come out and enjoy what we have to offer.


Japanese Festival-Ichimura Miami Japan Garden

Date: Nov. 9th. 2014

12:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.

Ichimura Japanese Garden Miami

1101 MacArthur Causeway, Watson Island, Miami Fl 33139


You're invited to a FREE event, Sunday, November 9th at the Ichimura Japan Garden. Martial Arts, Music, Magic and More!
  • Learn Ikebana, the Japanese Art of Flower arrangement from Grand Master Mieko Kubota.
  • Martial Arts demonstrations
  • Cosplay fashion show and costume contest.
  • Japanese Music by Yoshiko Taiko Dojo Drummers.
  • A special Ikebana demonstration and hands-on-workshop for kids
  • Japanese Paper Theater
  • Children’s Corner featuring authentic Japanese games, origami, calligraphy, and more.

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    Special Events
      "Walk in U.S., Talk on Japan"

    Date: November 5-7, 2014

    Time: Please see times below


    Nov. 5th- Gainesville Pugh Hall Ocora, University of Florida, 10:00 A.M-11:30 P.M. click here for flyer

    Nov. 6th- Pensacola University of West Florida Conference Center, 2:00-5:00 P.M. click here for flyer





    In order to deepen the understanding about Japan in today's global world, the Government of Japan has been sending small teams of citizens representing all segments of Japanese society to talk about Japan with American citizens. This grassroots relationship building project is named "Walk in U.S., Talk on Japan: We Are Tomodachi" (Tomodachi is the Japanese word for friend). Each team typically consists of 5 volunteers who were selected by the Japanese government to talk about Japanese society, economy, politics, business and culture in English. Each group is headed by a distinguished person who is a recognized leader in their field. The group coming to Gainesville will be led by the Honorable Ken Shimanouchi, Former Japanese Ambassador. The former Ambassador already visited Illinois, Kansas and Missouri on an earlier tour.


    Participating Panelists:


    Ken Shimanouchi – Former Ambassador

    Takao (Tak) Kawasaki – Former President of NSG Group (multinational glass manufacturer) Asian Business Unit

    Keijiro Hata – Retired Air Force General (Lieutenant General)

    Yoko Chivers – Vice President at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (specialist in environment, energy and natural resources)

    Yohei Komatsuzaki –  Japanese Executive Committee Chair of 66th Japan-America Student Conference (JASC)

    *Nicholas Suhar - Senior at the University of Florida pursuing a dual degree in Material Science Engineering and East Asian Languages and Literature – Japanese (Gainesville only)

      Japanese Food Lecture and Demonstration

    Date: November 18th, 2014

    Time: 1:00 P.M.~3:00 P.M.

    Where: Miami Dade College - North Campus, Aquatic and Fitness Center

    11380 NW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33167


    Come join Chef "Toshi" Sekita, owner of Koume Restaurant in Plantation for a lecture and demonstration of Japanese food. Free and open to the public!

      Ikebana International Meetings in Florida


    Monthly Group Meeting for Ikebana Chapter of Naples every 1st Wednesday of the month.

    Location: Moorings Presbyterian Church, Moss Hall, in central Naples located at 791 Harbour Drive



    St. Petersburg

    Monthly meetings held on 3rd Monday of the month.

    Location: Chapel on The Hill Church in Evan’s Hall, 12601 Park Blvd., Seminole, FL 33776 (unless otherwise noted.)


    The public is invited to join us and view our demonstrations (first time free) and see what ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging is all about. Programs are from September through May and a yearly memberships are available for $80 individual and $120 per couple. Our motto is “Friendship Through Flowers”. Themes for the 2013 and 2014 year are based on having fun with ikebana.
    All meetings are the third Monday of the month at Chapel on The Hill Church in Evan’s Hall, 12601 Park Blvd., Seminole, FL 33776 (unless otherwise noted.) Meetings begin at 10am and end at 2pm. For further information on membership, classes and exhibitions please visit our website, www.ikebanastpetersburg.com or call our hotline at 727-729-9445.


    Location: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL in the ballroom located above the visitors' center


    Meetings are held at on the third Tuesday of the month September - November and January - April. We meet at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL in the ballroom located above the visitors' center. The room has elevator access.

    Guests are welcome, but preregistration is needed in order to take the flower workshop. Please use our contact form or email i.i.miamichapter131@gmail.com to register. First time guests may attend the program for free. For returning participants there is a small, non-member fee for the program. There is a materials fee if taking the flower workshop.

    Meeting Schedule:
    9:30 Set-up room/Hospitality
    10:00 Business meeting
    10:30 - 12:00 Program
    12:00 - 12:30 Lunch Break (snacks are provided by chapter members)
    12:30 - 2:00 Workshop
    2:00 - 2:30 Clean-up

    Education Spotlight
      Akiyama Yo: Visitng Artist Workshop


    Date: Nov. 2-3, 2014

    Time: Please see specified times below

    Where: Harn Museum of Art, 3259 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32607

    Details:event details


    Yō, a Professor of ceramics at Kyoto City University of Arts, is celebrated for ceramic sculptures that challenge traditional usages of clay as a medium. His complex works simultaneously juxtapose an organic progression of time while demonstrating his manipulation of the clay in unexpected ways.


    11/2/2014 3:15 P.M. - Chandler Auditorium
    3:50 P.M.- David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing
    11/3/2014 - 10:00 A.M.~1:00 P.M. - Demonstrations
    Fine Arts C Room B14

      Legency of Japan's Historical Carpentry

    Date: Nov. 7, 2014

    Time: 7:15pm (museum doors will reopen at 6:00pm)
    Cost: $10 (Members $7)

    Where: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

    4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, Fl 33446

    Details:event details


    Using historical and contemporary imagery, Mr. Jackson talks about the depth of traditional Japanese cabinetry and its lasting beauty and influence. The evolution of cabinetry from rolling trunks to clothing chests and fascinating step-chests will be considered in the context of social change during the Edo (1603-1868) and Meiji (1868-1912) periods.
    David Jackson is an independent researcher on the topic of tansu, Japan’s unique cabinetry tradition. He co-authored, with Dane Owen, Japanese Cabinetry: The Art and Craft of Tansu. He has curated two exhibitions focused on tansu at the Graham Foundation in Chicago and the Nippon Club in NYC. He was the recipient of a Japan Foundation grant to study the Japanese step-chest. A graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, he is also a craftsman and sculptor whose history includes an apprenticeship with renowned sculptor, Martin Puryear.

    • Cost: $10 (Members $7) (Advance ticket purchase required)
    • Please note that the Cornell Café and Gardens will be closed for the evening.
    • Museum doors will reopen at 6:00pm.
    • Advance purchased tickets will be held at the door, under your name.

      Documentary Film Screening – Tikotin, A Life Devoted to Art

    Date: Nov. 12, 2014

    Time: 7:00pm (museum doors will reopen at 6:00pm)
    Cost: $10 (Members $7)
    Discussion led by Tamara Joy, Morikami Museum’s Chief Curator

    Where: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

    4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, Fl 33446

    Details:event details


    Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, in collaboration with the Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, and the Mandel JCC present the film Tikotin, A Life Devoted to Japanese Art. A discussion led by Morikami’s Chief Curator and Cultural Director, Tamara Joy will follow the film.
    Felix Tikotin (1893-1986): sophisticate, bon vivant, egocentric and pioneer in collecting Japanese art. By the early 1930s, he drew together an impressive collection of Japanese woodcuts, prints, paintings and ceramics. As a Jew, Tikotin fled from Berlin to Holland, where he and his family survived the war in hiding. In this gripping documentary, Tikotin’s grandson Jaron Borensztajn interviews Tikotin’s family members and friends in Israel and across Europe to unravel his grandfather’s complicated past. A portrait emerges of a charismatic, strong, but also headstrong man whose family always came second to his pursuit of art. Today, the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art shines on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel.

    B.A., M.A. East Asian Languages and Cultures and Art History, Indiana University. Joy is responsible for the Morikami’s overall cultural and artistic programming and the growth and conservation of the permanent collection. Prior to joining the Morikami in 2014, Joy served as Curator of Asian and Middle Eastern Collections at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, Manager of Curatorial Affairs at the Japan Society Gallery in New York and Curatorial Fellow for Asian Textiles at the Museum of Fine Art, Boston. She has been curator for over 100 exhibits and has been author of and contributor to several books, catalogs and articles. Joy has spent time living and researching in Japan, particularly in the Tohoku region of northern Honshu.

      Japanese Design for the Senses: Beauty, Form and Function

    Date:September 30, 2014 – January 18, 2015

    Where:Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

    4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, Fl 33446

    Details: event details


    Morikami Museum features three distinct exhibitions related to the theme of Japanese design aesthetics. Each exhibit features objects that touch the human senses visually and spatially, with each work designed and crafted to be both beautiful and functional. Examples range from folding screens with exquisite paintings that divide a room and provide privacy, to brilliant lacquer storage boxes engraved with gold- and silver powdered designs, to remarkable furniture pieces that are as magnificent in their form as they are in their functionality.

    Touch of Gold: Lacquerware Boxes and the Paintings of Elaine Ehrenkranz

    For over forty years, Elaine Ehrenkranz, a talented painter, formed a comprehensive collection of magnificent Japanese lacquerware boxes ranging in date from the 15th- to the mid-19th centuries. A large portion of her collection was donated to the Harvard University Art Museums in 1997, with the remaining masterpieces, including several of Elaine’s paintings inspired by these Japanese lacquerware boxes, bequeathed to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in 2013. Touch of Gold features her remarkable gift to the Morikami.

    Ma: Defining Space: Studio Furniture of Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji

    A built-in storage system comprised of staggered shelves, chigai-dana first appeared inside shoin-style homes in the Kamakura era (1192 – 1333), replacing the freestanding, portable bookcases that were used to store and display scrolls, books, tea utensils and other decorative objects. A companion to the tokonoma, an alcove in which hanging scrolls and other objects of art are decoratively displayed, chigai-dana is an integral part of Japanese domestic architecture. In its design, this timelessly elegant shelving and storage system accentuates the simple yet refined beauty of form and function that is the essence of Japanese design and furniture aesthetics. This exhibition was organized by Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    Katachi: The Essence of Aesthetic Form and Function in Japanese Furniture

    Katachi embodies the hallmark of Japanese aesthetics: the harmonious balance of the beauty of form and the fineness of workmanship and functionality. This exhibition draws upon the Morikami’s own collection of Japanese furniture, from 19th-century decorative folding screens and large, multi-door storage chests to benches and tables made by George Nakashima (1905 – 1990), a leading innovator of 20th-century furniture design and one of the founders of the American Craft Movement.


    Koizumi Kishio: Remembering Tokyo (Woodblock Exhibition)

    Date: October 1st, 2014 – January 11, 2015

    Where:The Wolfsonian Teaching Gallery at Florida International University’s Frost Art Museum

    10975 SW 17th St, Miami, FL 33199

    Details: event details


    The Great Kanto Earthquake of September 1923 was the worst natural disaster ever to strike Japan. It reduced much of Tokyo to rubble and left its inhabitants in despair. In the aftermath, the woodblock artist Koizumi Kishio (1893–1945) produced his most famous series of prints, Showa dai Tokyo hyakkei zue (One Hundred Views of Great Tokyo in the Showa Era) between 1928 and 1940. This exhibition presents thirty of the 100 Views, focusing on women in temples and shrines. In most cases Kishio shows the women in profile or facing away from the audience. The viewer cannot see their faces, and yet the message of each print, along with a sense of nostalgia for the past, is conveyed. This expressive means narrates, on the one hand, a sadness surrounding Tokyo after the calamity, and on the other an optimism for cosmopolitan rebirth.

      Into the Fold: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection

    Date: October 7, 2014 - July 15, 2016


    Where: Harn Museum of Art, 3259 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32607


    Details: event details


    Into the Fold: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection highlights the diversity, creativity, and technical virtuosity of 20th- and 21st-century ceramic artists working in Japan.


    The exhibition features both artists whose work is inspired by traditional themes and those who work in (or are influenced by aspects of) the avant-garde. Tensions between form and functionality, traditional and modern, national and international are often evident across works in the exhibition and within individual works. More information here:




    A symposium featuring on Sunday, November 2nd will be held at the Harn’s Chandler auditorium, beginning at 1:15pm. Speakers include Daicho Tomohiro, Aichi Prefectural Museum; Hyeyoung Cho, Seoul Women’s University; Joan Mirviss & Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz, Mirviss Ltd. and private collectors; Halsey and Alice North, private collectors; and Akiyama Yō, artist and department of ceramics chairman, Kyoto City University of Arts. A Visiting Artist Workshop will be also be held at the UF School of Art and Art History (FAC, B14) on Monday, November 3rd from 10am-1pm.

    Upcoming Events
    Date Event Location
    Nov. 2 Orlando Japan Fest

    The Village at Hunter's Creek

    13574 Village Park Drive, Orlando, FL 32837

    Nov. 9 Ichimura Japanese Garden Festival

    1101 MacArthur Causeway, Watson Island, Miami Fl 33139


    Anime Conventions
    Date Event Location
    Nov 1-2 Wasabicon Jacksonville Marriott
    Nov 7-9 FanDOM Con Emerald Coast Convention Center
    Date Event Location
    Sep 30 - Jan 18 Japanese Design for the Senses: Beauty, Form and Function Delray Beach, Morikami Museum
    Oct 1 - Jan 11 Koizumi Kishio: Remembering Tokyo (Woodblock Exhibition) Miami, Florida International University
    Oct 7 - July 15 Into the Fold: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection Gainesville, FL, Harn Museum
    Date Event Location

    Nov 2-3


    Nov 5-7

    "Walk in U.S., Talk on Japan" Gainesville Details ; Pensacola Details

    Gainesville, Pensacola

    Nov 7

    Delray Beach, Morikami Museum

    Nov 12

    Delray Beach, Morikami Museum

    Nov 18

    Japanese Food Lecture and Demonstration

    Miami Dade College, North Campus, Aquatic and Fitness Center

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