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Upcoming Festivals and Conventions(A full list of conventions can be found below)
Khaotic Kon










Date: April 11th-13th, 2014
Time: Check convention website for times
Where: Sheraton Tampa East Hotel

Details: event details


We exist solely for our love of our community! Our subculture has grown steadily larger over the pass few years giving way to new ideas and way of being. And although many fads come and go the anime, video game, comic book, and sci-fi continue to flourish. What we at Khaotic Kon hope to accomplish with starting this convention is to create a new and unique nation and any fan could call home..

  Asia Fest 2014

Date: April 26, 2014
Time: 11:00 A.M.
Where: Cotanchobee Park, 601 Old Waters Street, Tampa


We invite you to join us in celebrating the diversity and abundance of Asian culture in Florida and around Tampa Bay at Asia Fest 2014. Experience the tastes, sights and sounds of sixteen unique countries from all over Asia. Entertainment includes brilliantly colorful dance performances, traditional music and the 4th annual Miss Asia Fest Competition. Join us on April 26th, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Cotanchobee Park, 601 Old Waters Street, Tampa (located between the Marriot Waterside hotel and Tampa Bay History Center) in the Channelside district. It’s FREE for everyone!

Florida Anime Experience: Year Four










Date: May 23rd-26th, 2014
Time: Check website for time schedule
Where: The International Palms Resort & Conference Center in Orlando, Florida


Started in 2011, Florida Anime Experience is the anime convention about ANIME! The annual event takes place in Central Florida and is a celebration focused exclusively on anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture. Florida Anime Experience features three days of entertainment including an artist alley, dealer’s room, Japanese video game room, maid cafe, cosplay, panels, workshops, and more.


Special Events
Job Fair at FIU

When: April 4th, 2014

1:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.


Where: Florida International University, MMC

SIPA Building Lobby


Details: event details


The purpose of this career fair is to give students, especially Asian Studies Majors and students studying Japanese*, the opportunity to network with representatives of Japanese related companies who are interested in their skills. Students will be given the chance to present their Curriculum Vitae, for internship opportunities, or either full-time or part-time employment.


*While geared towards these, the fair is open to all students.


Because it is a job fair event, business attire is required for all participants. Casual attire such as jeans, t-shirts and sneakers are not permitted at this event.


For more information, please contact Japanese Program Coordinator, Asuka Mashav at mashava@fiu.edu


Piano Concert Series: Nobuyuki Tsujii












April 9th, 2014

April 12th, 2014

April 13th, 2014

Location and Details:

April 9th - Ruth Eckerd Hall, 7:30 P.M.


April 12th - Mobile Saenger Theater, 8:00 P.M.


April 13th - Mobile Saenger Theater, 8:00 P.M.


Blind since birth and the Van Cliburn Gold Medal WInner, pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii joins the Mobile Symphony for a celebrations of Russian music that includes Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. Audiences addored last season’s Russian Revolutionaries. This concert will certainly satisfy those who were begging for more!

The Shining Prince on Stage: Inaka Genji in Kabuki Plays and Prints: Talk by Sarah E. Thompson










When: April 17th, 2014, 7:00 P.M.


Where: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, Fl 33446


Details: event details


The greatest bestseller of nineteenth-century Japanese popular fiction was the False Murasaki's Rustic Genji (Nise Murasaki Inaka Genji) by Ryūtei Tanehiko. Published in installments from 1829 until the author's mysterious death in 1842, the story of a young samurai searching for a missing sword combined adventure, romance, and a clever parody of Japan's greatest work of classical literature, the real Tale of Genji by the genuine Lady Murasaki, written in about 1000 A.D. Pictures of the hero and the many ladies in his life soon became a popular subject for color woodblock prints, as shown in this exhibition. Just as modern bestsellers are quickly made into movies, the Rustic Genji was dramatized for the Kabuki stage. This talk explores the complex interaction between books, plays, and prints.



11th Annual Florida Japan SummitSEUS










Date: May 19th, 2014

Time: 1:45 P.M.-4:45 P.M.

Click here to register!


Location: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, Fl 33446



FLORIDA DELEGATION, SOUTHEAST U.S./JAPAN ASSOCIATION ('SEUS/JAPAN') is pleased to announce its 11th Annual Florida-Japan Summit this year hosted by and presented in partnership with The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, FL, on the afternoon of Monday, May 19, 2014 from 1:45 - 4:45 pm. The half day program will feature keynote remarks by The Honorable Shinji Nagashima, Consul General of Japan in Miami, and Florida Secretary of State Kenneth Detzner will participate and introduce the Consul General and provide some remarks as well.

In addition to the half-day summit program on the afternoon of May 19, a networking reception will be held immediately following on the evening of Monday May 19, from 5:00-6:30 PM at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens as well for all registered participants.

Registration and admission to this year’s Summit is $25 , which includes a Japanese ‘Bento’ box lunch available prior to the summit program, and participants will have the option for a self-tour of the Morikami Japanese Gardens starting at 11:30 AM. To register online, simply click on the following link to register or for more information:  . You may also contact SEUS/Japan for more information by phone: (786) 235-8289; by e-mail: info@fl-seusjapan.org; or visit us online at: http://www.fl-seusjapan.org.

Founded in 1975, the mission of Florida Delegation, SEUS/Japan is to promote ties of trade, investment, tourism, education and friendship between Florida, Japan, and six other southeast U.S. states through an annual joint meeting program hosted in regular rotation by SEUS/Japan member states and Japan. Florida Delegation, SEUS/Japan has individual, non-profit and corporate membership programs open to all individuals, businesses and organizations interested in supporting Florida Delegation, SEUS/Japan's mission. The next 37th Annual SEUS/Japan joint meeting will be held in Tokyo this coming September 18-20, visit us online for more details. This will be the second time the Morikami has hosted this event, as it hosted the 1st Summit in May 2003.


Education Spotlight
  Japanese Literature, Traditional and Modern Lecture

When: April 11th, 2014

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

Where: Florida International University, Modesto Campus, WC130

Details: event details


Dr. Haruo Shirane and Dr. Tomi Suzuki from Columbia University will be coming to FIU to discuss traditional and modern Japanese literature. The event will take place on April 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM in WC 130.

  Genji's World in Japanese Woodblock Prints


Date:March 11th~May 18th 2014
Where:Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, Fl 33446

Details: event details


The “Tale of Genji,” the first novel in the world, was written over 1000 years ago by the Japanese court lady Murasaki Shikibu. Shikibu’s epic novel was a popular source of inspiration for woodblock print and illustrated book artists in the 19th century. This exhibition, organized by Scripps College (Claremont, CA), features over 50 such woodblock prints and books depicting the scenes from Shikibu’s masterpiece.


  Keeping in Touch: The Culture of Letter-Writing in Japan


Date:March 11th~May 18th 2014
Where:Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, Fl 33446

Details: event details


In Japan, letter-writing is a highly refined art form that is deeply rooted in poetry, steeped in metaphorical allusions and symbolic meaning. Letter-writing evolved from short, heartfelt lyrical verses, skillfully rendered, sometimes on scented paper, and hand-delivered to their intended recipient. This exhibition presents a variety of letter-writing forms from poems to postcards, and explores the myriad art forms that letter-writing brought about in Japan, such as lacquer writing boxes, ink stones, brushes, elegant papers, and other stationary implements.


  Life is a Highway: Prints of Japan's Tokaido Road


Date:May 6th~August 17th 2014

Where:Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
3259 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611

Details: event details

www.harn.ufl.edu (Join the museum and attend the May 10th member party celebrating this exhibition!)


The Tokaido Road was an important and well-trodden route in pre-modern Japan connecting ancient political capital of Kyoto with the imperial city of Edo [Tokyo]. The road was punctuated by 53 stations where travelers could rest and refresh themselves and where the government could monitor trade and collect taxes. Art and literature featuring the Tokaido Road were immensely popular in Japan and inspired an American culture of virtual tourism. In particular, woodblock prints in the ukiyo-e tradition functioned as visual memorabilia depicting travel-related scenes along the road.

Life is a Highway will include selections from four complete series depicting the Tokaido Road, noteworthy for its comparative approach to the stations along the route. The “Parallel Tokaido”, 1845, was designed by three of the best known 19th century Japanese woodcut artists working in the ukiyo-e tradition: Utagawa Hiroshige, Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Utagawa Kunisada. Rather than focusing on the passing landscape, the artists represented the road through historical and legendary stories associated with its numerous stations. The exhibition also will include two complete versions of the series that Hiroshige created himself. These are vibrantly colored masterful depictions of landscape and figural forms. Between 1959 and 1974, Sekino Jun’ichiro created a modern version of the Tokaido series that reflects global perspectives on the intersection of traditional and modern sensibilities. By juxtaposing these varied interpretations spanning more than a century along the Tokaido Road, the exhibition will offer a more complete picture of place: an intersection of text, image, folklore, and history. These spectacular prints will address themes such as classical literary and theatrical subjects, dangerous liaisons, tales of the supernatural, samurai legends, religious pilgrimage, memorable characters from all walks of life, along with universal themes to which all travelers can relate.

Upcoming Events
Date Event Location
April 26 Asia Fest 2014 Tampa


Anime Conventions
Date Event Location
Apr. 11-13 Khaotic Kon Sheraton Tampa East Hotel
Apr. 12-13 ALT*Con: Tallahassee Donald L. Tucker Civic Center
Apr. 18-20 FreeCon Florida State University
Apr. 19 MiniCon Quality Inn Sawgrass Convention Center
May 2-4 BelleCON Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk
May 23-26 Florida Anime Experience: Year Four The International Palms Resort & Conference Center in Orlando, Florida
May 23-25 OmniExpo Orlando World Center Marriott
Date Event Location
April 5th Ikebana: Scarlet Sunset at Freedom Square Seminole Florida
Mar. 11-May 18 Genji's World in Japanese Woodblock Prints Delray Beach
Mar. 11-May 18 Keeping in Touch: The Culture of Letter-Writing in Japan Delray Beach
May 6-Aug.17 Life is a Highway: Prints of Japan's Tokaido Road Gainesville
Date Event Location

April 4th


April 9th

Nobuyuki Tsujii Piano Concert

Ruth Eckerd Hall

April 12th

Nobuyuki Tsujii Piano Concert

Mobile Saenger Theater

April 13th

Nobuyuki Tsujii Piano Concert

Mobile Saenger Theater

May. 19

11th Annual Japan-Florida Summit

Delray Beach

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