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Upcoming Festivals and Conventions
  Tampa Natsu Matsuri

Date: June 27th, 2015


Time: 9:00 A.M.~12:00 P.M.


Where: 821 S. Dale Mabry Hwy


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Tampa Natsumatsuri is Tampa's only Japanese Summer Festival. Created by and for the Japanese cultural community in the Tampa area. This is JETAA's flagship event and it's lots of fun every year. Come on our in your yukata, jinbei, or in cosplay if you'd like to join our cosplay contest.

Ancient City Con

Date: July 17th~ July 19th, 2015

Time: Please check website for details

Where: The Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center

1000 Water Street

Jacksonville, FL 32204

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Ancient City Con (or ACC) started in 2007 as a one day only convention in St. Augustine, FL. We set out to create a convention where all things related to Sci-fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Anime were welcome instead of creating a specific "geek niche" event. The majority of programming and events at ACC are primarily run by fans for the fans. Since then, we have moved north to Jacksonville, FL and expanded to a 3 day convention that includes all things Sci-fi, Fantasy, Gaming, Contests, Anime, Horror, Literary & Publishing, Cosplay, Discussion Panels, Art, Independent Film Screening, Nerdcore Musicians/Bands, Special Guests and more! We have received tremendous help and support from the fan community and continue to grow and add something new every year!


Date: July 25th~July 26th, 2015

Time: Please check site for details

Where: Land O' Lakes Recreation Center

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LAMECon is one of the largest FREE anime/comic/video game conventions in Florida. We have an anime dance on Saturday followed by a full-day con on Sunday. We have thousands of dollars of prizes to win all day long.

Special Events

Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Sister City Relations between Pensacola and Gero, Japan

Date: July 10th, 2015


Time: 3:30 P.M.~5:00 P.M.


Place: Pensacola City Hall


Event details:


Join in the celebration of the 10th anniversary of our sister city relationship with Gero and welcome the four-member delegation from Gero led by Mr. Tetsuji Oya, Superintendent of the Board of Education!

The Hagiwara/Gero relation with Pensacola was initiated in 1993.   In 1998, the Town of Hagiwara and the City of Pensacola formally signed the sister city agreement.
The Town of Hagiwara was consolidated and became one of five towns under the new city Gero in 2004.  The City of Gero and the City of Pensacola signed the sister city agreement on August 17, 2005.  


From 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 10, 2015
Pensacola City Hall                             
(Hagler/Mason Conference Room-2nd floor)
222 West Main Street, Pensacola, FL 32502


Please RSVP via email to info@jasnwfl.org
For questions, send email to info@jasnwfl.org or phone at 850-733-9302.
Hosted by the Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida


The reception has been made possible in part by support from the JTB USA Miami Branch. The Japan-America Society thanks JTB USA’s Miami Branch for its help in putting on this project.

  Robot Day

Date: July 18th, 2015


Time: 10:00 A.M.~5:00 P.M.


Place: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

4000 Morikami Park Road

Delray Beach, FL 33446


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In conjunction with our upcoming exhibition, Japan’s Robot Kingdom, Morikami invites kids of all ages to join us for a day filled with robot-inspired activities, crafts, games and more!

Japan’s Robot Kingdom Discovery Guide
All Day in the Galleries

Parents and children are invited to explore our exhibition, Japan’s Robot Kingdom with our discovery guide! Complete the robot puzzle by matching the different images of the robots on exhibit, sketch a few of your favorites, and learn a little about robots in Japan.

Roll-a-Robot Game
All Day in the Library

Roll a die to select a robot part – the first to complete the robot wins the game!

Build Your Own Robot
11am – 3pm in Classroom A

Choose a base, face and parts to craft your very own robot friend to take home with you.

Play with PARO
11:30 am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm & 3:30pm in the Galleries

PARO, Morikami’s very own therapeutic robot seal, will be out to greet guests and teach them how he helps humans feel better.

Meet & Greet with Gundam Mk II
12pm-4pm in the Theater


Say cheese with a larger than life (and handmade!) Gundam Mk II.

  第7 Coffee 会 (Japanese Language Group Meet-up)

Date: July 25th, 2015


Time: 4:00 P.M.~6:00 P.M.


Place: Pasion del Cielo Coffee Shop

8915 SW 72nd Place (downtown dadeland)


Event Details:

People of all skill levels are welcome to come and practice Japanese, and have fun. This is a fun way to meet people in the Miami area who are interested in Japanese language and culture. Join us!


Japanese language group meet up is always help the last Saturday of every month. The location varies, so please check with the calendar every month to make sure you are going to the right place.

  12th Annual Florida-Japan Summit

Date: September 2nd, 2015


Time: 2:00 P.M.~5:00 P.M.


Place: Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
MARC Pavilion
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199


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Join us at the MARC Pavilion at Florida International University the after-noon of this coming this September 2nd for the 12th Annual Florida-Japan Summit, our annual gathering of Florida-Japan business, education, tourism, and cultural leaders for info exchange, networking, and to renew existing or develop new friendship ties. The summit will be presented in partnership with and hosted by Florida International University’s Asian Studies Institute. This year’s summit will include admission to a networking reception following the summit. For more details and info, contact us by phone or visit us online at www.fl-seusjapan.org/upcoming-events


  JUMP - Japan U.S. Military Program



Date: September 4th, 2015


Time: 2:00 P.M. ~ 4:30 P.M.


Place: National Naval Aviation Museum


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Details and RSVP Information are forthcoming. Visit jasnwfl.org for updates.

  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

  38th Annual Joint Meeting of the Southeast U.S. and Japan/U.S. Southeast Associations

“Initiative For A Sustainable Future—Through Continuous Innovation”




Date: NOVEMBER 14-16, 2015


Place: Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in
Birmingham, Alabama


Further Information:
info@fl-seusjapan.org or 786-235-8289
or visit us online at www.fl-seusjapan.org



Education Spotlight
  Japan-U.S. Teacher Education Consortium 27th Annual JUSTEC Conference 2015

Beyond Borders:Teacher Education in Globalized Society

Date: September 14th ~ September 17th, 2015

Time: Please check schedule for times and events

Where: University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL

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JUSTEC 2015 leaflet (pdf)

Monday, Sept. 14th School Visit: Local School Tour plus the National Flight Academy
Welcome Reception
Tuesday, Sept. 15th Presentations followed by Keynote Address

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Pam Northrup
Associate Provost and Executive Director of the University of West Florida's Innovation Institute
Wednesday, Sept. 16th
Thursday, Sept. 17th Presentations and Optional Tour

JUSTEC 2015 Key Dates
・ December 5th, 2014: Call for Proposals Opens (see call for proposals)
・ March 15th, 2015: Deadline of Call for Proposals
・ May 15th, 2015: Notification of Acceptance/Redo/Decline
・ May 15th, 2015: Early Bird registration and payment opens
・ July 15th, 2015: Deadline of Abstracts
・ July 15th, 2015: Early Bird registration and payment closes
(All presenting authors must have a paid registration by this date to ensure inclusion into the program.)
・ August 30th, 2015: Online registration and payment closes
JUSTEC 2015 Tentative Registration Fee:
The registration fee for all 3days ( September 15th to September 17st, 2015) includes:presentation/participation in JUSTEC sessions, welcome reception, conference lunches (Sep.15th & 16th), refreshment during conference, publication of conference abstracts, on-line service fee, and handouts. School visit will be optional. It will be around $250 (including school visit) in total like previous years. The finalized fee information is coming later.


  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


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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.

  Photo and Pottery Exhibition: In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Sister-State relationship between Florida and Wakayama, Japan

Date: June 1, 2015 – August 31th, 2015


Where:The Gallery for Innovation and the Arts, RA Gray Building

500 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, FL  32399


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The State of Florida and Wakayama prefecture singed the agreement for the sister-state relationship on October 4, 1995 with commitments of strengthening friendship and mutual understanding while increasing economic, trade, social and cultural development. 

Photos are revealing beautiful sceneries of Wakayama. Pottery is made and fired in anagama kilns by artists of Wakayama and Florida.

Kumano kodo, UNESCO world heritage site.   In ancient times, this was a pilgrimage route from Kyoto to Kumano Sanzan.


This exhibition is hosted by the Florida Department of State|Division of Cultural Affairs.  Photos loaned by the Japan Center, University of West Florida.  Pottery and paintings loaned by Masayoshi Shimizu and the Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society. 


 The Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society has had artist exchanges with Wakayama since 2006.
Wakayama where the spiritual culture of Japan lives on.

Wakayama Prefecture faces the Pacific Ocean locating on the Kii Peninsula, Japan’s largest peninsula.  It is located south of Osaka, and it takes about 30 minutes by car to the prefectural capital, Wakayama City, from Kansai International Airport.

Wakayama is blessed with beautiful mountains, rivers and ocean and abounds with rich historical treasures and the spiritual culture.  It was known as sacred land from the ancient times that goes back to the 9th century.  During the Edo Period (1603-1867), cultures and commerce among commoners flourished centering the Wakayama Castle, which was built in 1685 for the load of one of the three lineage members of the Tokugawa shogun’s family.  Wakayama is known as the birth place of soy source and is famous for plums and its wine, beautiful lacquer ware, citrus, tuna, sake and many more.  

Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range were registered as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in July 2004.  The sites include Koyasan in northern Wakayama and Kumano Sanzan in southern Wakayama.  Those sites are sacred, and mountains, forests, rice terraces and such have been worshiped as the object of prayer. They represent an extremely valuable cultural heritage in a form of “cultural landscape” created through the interaction between humankind and its natural environment over a long period of time. 

Koyasan is a holy ground representing the Shingon sect of esoteric Buddhism with a history dating back twelve hundred years.  Kukai (774-835), the posthumous name Kobodaishi, brought from China the Shingon sect of esoteric Buddhism to Koyasan in 816 and founded esteemed Kongobuji temple as the training grounds for Shingon esoteric Buddhism.  Shingon sect’s tradition as a way of discovering the true nature or Buddha nature within people’s inner-selves and creating harmony between people and nature has held an intrinsic appeal for Japanese throughout the ages.   

Kumano Sanzan (Three Grand Shrines in Kumano) are Kumano Hongu Grand Shrine, Kumamo Hayatama Grand Shrine and Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine.  From ancient times of lore, Kumano has always been thought of as a special region inhabited by the gods.  Faith in Kumano Sanzan led emperors and nobility of the Heian Period (794-1185) to these unexplored region in search of a divine land on earth.  This practice spread to commoners by the Edo Period (1603-1867). 



Japan's Robot Kingdom

Date: June 16th, 2015 – September 13th, 2015


Where:Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, Fl 33446


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In the past 50 years, Japan has played a leading role in technological advancements, particularly in robotics. Robots have occupied an integral part of Japanese popular culture and society for many decades, not only as subjects of sci-fi comics, films, and other forms of entertainment but also as a means of advancing developments in the natural and social sciences. This exhibition explores Japan’s vast robot kingdom by way of a variety of vintage toys, figurines, and other robot forms, including our very own furry seal, Paro, a therapy robot created to calm and comfort those in need.


Funding made possible by the Henry and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts & Culture. Our appreciation goes to lenders Rick and Jeanne Newman of hightechscience.org, TATE’S Comics + Toys + More, Bennie Albert of Uberscosplay, and the Consulate General of Japan in Miami.

Date Event Location
June 27 Tampa Natsu Matsuri



Anime Conventions
Date Event Location
July 17-19 Ancient City Con Jacksonville
July 25 LAMECon Land O' Lakes
Date Event Location
Oct 7 - July 15 Into the Fold: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection Gainesville, FL, Harn Museum
Jun 1 - Aug 31 Photo and Pottery Exhibition: In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Sister-State relationship between Florida and Wakayama, Japan Tallahassee, FL , The Gallery for Innovation and the Arts, RA Gray Building
June 16-Sep 13

Japan's Robot Kingdom

Delray Beach, Morikami Museum
Date Event Location

July 10


July 18

Delray Beach

July 25

Monthly Japanese Language Group Meetup


September 2


Sep 4


Sep 14-17


Nov 14-16

Birmingham, AL

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