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Upcoming Festivals and Conventions


Date: August 2nd~3rd, 2014

Time: Please check convention website for specific times

Where: Land O'Lakes Branch Library

2818 Collier Pkwy, Land O' Lakes, FL, United States

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Library Anime & Manga Enthusiasts Convention is a non-profit, free, two-day anime convention held each year in Land O' Lakes, Florida.

  Pensacola Paracon 2014

Date: August 9th~10th, 2014

Time: Please check convention website for specific times

Where: Pensacola Fair Grounds

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August 9 and 10, 2014 Come enjoy out of this world fun at Pensacola Paracon: A Convention for Fans of Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, Gaming, Anime, Costuming, Fan and Indie Films, Artist, Celebrities, Comics, Renaissance, Cosplay, Steampunk, Theater, Performing, Literature, Publishing, Arts, Mystery, Art, Crafts, Collecting, Model Construction, Film Making, Paranormal, and more! We will offer celebrity meet and greets, discussion panels, workshops, screenings, demonstrations, events, and competitions. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Making Strides with Breast Cancer.



Orlando Anime Day

Date: August 23rd, 2014

Time: Please check convention website for specific times

Where: International Palms Resort and Conference Center

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Our show is the double day anime marketplace that brings all your anime/manga needs to you without all the hassle or extra expense associated with other conventions. Admission is only $5.00 at the door so you won't have to spend all your money just to get inside. Orlando Anime Day features an over 2,000 sq ft dealers room, Video/Event room, prize giveaways, raffle drawing, cosplay, and FREE Parking. A full day of anime fun for less then a movie ticket!




  Pensacola Bonfest 2014

Date: August 30, 2014

Time: 12:00-4:00 P.M.

1301 W Gregory St, Pensacola, FL 32502

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Bon Festival in Pensacola! Join us to celebrate, dance, and experience
traditional Japanese folk dancing
Highlights include Unique Costume and Dance Contest and Taiko Drumming Performances!
Japanese foods, games, and many other cultural activities will also be available


Special Events
37th Annual Joint Meeting of the Japan-U.S. Southeast & Southeast U.S./Japan Associations


Date: September 18-20, 2014


Location: Tokyo, Japan

The New Otani Hotel




****REGULAR REGISTRATION ENDS August 22nd, 2014****


Florida Delegation, Southeast U.S./Japan Association, Inc. (SEUS/Japan) is currently recruiting Florida delegation members for this year’s Annual Joint Meeting of Japan U.S./Southeast and Southeast U.S./Japan Associations to be held in Tokyo, Japan September 18-20, 2014. This year’s conference marks the 37th Annual Joint Meeting of the Associations, and will be held at the New Otani Hotel Tokyo. The theme of this year’s joint meeting is “In Harmony with Tradition & Innovation."


The Governors or other top officials of each of the seven Southeast member states will participate and head their respective state delegations, and Florida Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope has confirmed he will officially lead the Florida Delegation in the 37th Annual Joint Meeting. In addition to the SEUS member state governors/head of delegations, senior officials of Japan and Ambassador Caroline Kennedy are expected to attend; total attendance is projected at approximately 350-400 participants. Mr. Atsutoshi Nishida, chairman of the board of Toshiba Corporation will serve as the meeting’s private sector chairman, and will lead the Japan delegation of some 100-120 members. Mr. William Yates, president and chief executive officer of Mississippi-based Yates Construction, will serve as the meeting’s private sector co-chairman.


Program and Activities:
-Overview of current SEUS & Japan Economies
-Sessions on trade, investment, automobile sector, energy, etc.
-Participation of the top Japanese business & government leaders and Southeast State governers
-Invitational golf tournament
-Tours, receptions, dinners, special entertainment for excellent networking
-Florida delegation annual meeting of members
-Special pre-conference optional sightseeing tours will be available.


For more information, please visit: http://www.fl-seusjapan.org or e-mail info@fl-seusjapan.org


Education Spotlight
  Kirigami Family Fun Day

When: August 9th, 2014


Where: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

Classroom A


Details: 12:00 P.M.~3:00 P.M.


Learn the art of Kirigami, a paper decoration that you cut with scissors.

  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.

  Samurai Culture: Treasures of South Florida Collections

Date:June 3rd ~ August 31st, 2014

Where:Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, Fl 33446

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Samurai Culture, organized by the Morikami Museum in conjunction with various collectors across South Florida, features an array of samurai suits of armor and weapons fashioned during the Edo period (1600 – 1868). Also displayed are a variety of paintings and prints depicting samurai life made during both the Edo- and Meiji period (1868 – 1912). Although the samurai class was abolished soon after the Meiji Restoration of 1868, many samurai families held on to priceless armor, swords, helmets, sundry other adornments, and paintings and prints in commemoration of one of the most illustrious warrior classes in the world.


  From A Quiet Place: The Paper Sculptures of Kyoko Hazama

Date:June 3rd ~ August 31st, 2014

Where:Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, Fl 33446

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While most of us are familiar with handmade Japanese paper, or washi (incorrectly called rice paper), and the fascinating art of paper folding known as origami, few have experienced Kyoko Hazama's magnificent paper sculptures: delicate, intricately detailed and highly personal paper sculptures that she describes as “symbolic self-portraits.” The exhibition was organized by Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  JAPAN: Kingdom of Characters

Date:July 5th 1:00 P.M.~September 7th, 2014

Where:Young At Art Museum

751 Southwest 121st Avenue

Davie, FL, United States

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In recent years, a subculture related to Japanese anime and manga has rapidly attracted worldwide attention. To make the most of this trend, the Japan Foundation has organized this traveling exhibition called JAPAN: Kingdom of Characters" which examines characters as one radical aspect of this subculture.


Used unhesitatingly by both adults and children in private and public spaces, before we realize it, these characters have become a part of our daily landscape. One finds, for example, characters printed on bank passbooks and train communication passes, and as indicated by the regular and seemingly natural presence of stuffed mascots at local police boxes, they have permeated everyday life in Japan to a degree that would be unthinkable in most other countries.


What exactly is a character? Why are they so popular? What kind of society do these characters reflect and what kind of influence do they exert on that society? And finally, where is the Japanese character culture headed? In this exhibition, as we introduce the initimate relationship between characters and Japanese people, we hope that the visitors will gain a better understanding of the cultural and historical background behind the Japanese love of characters as well as the future of characters in contemporary Japan.

  Colorful Rebellion-Seventh Nightmare

Date:July 12th~September 7th, 2014

Where:Young At Art Museum

751 Southwest 121st Avenue

Davie, FL, United States

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Mr. Masuda is an art director who has been active in promoting the Harajuku and “kawaii” culture of Japan. He is known worldwide as the guru of Harajuku culture. In his career, he has worked as the art director for J-Pop Icon, Kyary PamyuPamyu and has been involved in many commercials in Japan. In 2009, Mr. Masida organized the world tour "Harajuku" Kawaii "Experience", and most recently, he held a solo exhibition in New York which was well received by the public. In March of this year, The Consulate General of Japan also coordinated a lecture by Mr. Masuda in South Florida about fashion and harajuku culture.

Due to the success of his solo exhibition in New York, Mr. Masuda decided to bring his exhibition to South Florida in order to continue his goal towards a global focus. According to Mr. Masuda, this exhibition is “an attempt to deliver the essence of Harajuku kawaii culture”.

Upcoming Events
Date Event Location
1301 W Gregory St, Pensacola, FL 32502


Anime Conventions
Date Event Location
Aug 2-3 LameCon Land'O'Lakes Branch Library
Aug 9-10 Pensacola Paracon 2014 Pensacola Fairgrounds
Aug 23 Orlando Anime Day International Palms Resort and Conference Center
Sep 6 Amelia Con 2014 Fernandina Beach Recreation Center
Sep 19-21 Orlando Anime Day International Palms Resort and Conference Center
Date Event Location
May 6 - Aug.17 Life is a Highway: Prints of Japan's Tokaido Road Gainesville
June 3 - Aug. 31 Samurai Culture: Treasures of South Florida Collections Delray Beach
June 3 - Aug. 31 From A Quiet Place: The Paper Sculptures of Kyoko Hazama Delray Beach
July 5 - Sept. 7 Kingdom of Characters Anime Exhibit Davie
July 12 - Sept. 7 Colorful Rebellion-Seventh Nightmare Davie
Date Event Location

Aug 9

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens


New Otani Hotel, Tokyo, Japan

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