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Upcoming Festivals and Conventions
Holiday Matsuri


Date: December 12-14, 2014


Time: Please check site for specific times


Where: Caribe Royale, 8101 World Center Dr.

Orlando, FL 32821


Details: click here


Holiday Matsuri is an festively themed Anime & Gaming convention located in Orlando, FL! Come and enjoy our seasonal spin on convention Contests, Shows, Dances, and Parties!

Sukoshi Con: Ft Walton Beach

Date: January 3rd, 2015


Time: 10:00 A.M.


Where: Ramada Plaza Beach Resort at Destin West

1500 Miracle Strip Parkway SE - Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548


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Sukoshi Con is a brand of conventions, bringing new social and interactive innovations to the Anime Convention scene. The company was founded as a way to give Anime fans access to Anime, Cosplay, and Gaming, hosting multiple Anime Conventions throughout the year in various states in the Southeast. The core focus of Sukoshi Con is to be a "Social Anime Convention" that promotes interacting with fellow fans, keeping the sub-culture feel.




  36th Annual Oshogatsu: A New Year's Celebration

Date: January 11th, 2015

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

Where: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, Fl 33446

Details: event details


The New Year is Japan’s most important and celebrated holiday. We ring in our 36th annual New Year’s celebration with the tastes, sights and sounds that define the traditional Japanese New Year as well as our own.

The zodiac was introduced to Japan from China and there are several tales of how the animals were selected and in what order. One of the most popular stories finds Buddha calling all the animals of the world to come to him on New Year’s Day. As a reward, he promises each one a gift. Only twelve animals came and each one was given the honor of having a year named for them. Their arrival time marks their esteemed position in the twelve-year cycle with the rat always first and the boar forever last.

This year, we’ll celebrate the Year of the Sheep for those born in 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, and 2015!

What is Oshogatsu?
The New Year is Japan’s most important and celebrated holiday. We ring in our 36th annual New Year’s celebration with the tastes, sights and sounds that define the traditional Japanese New Year as well as our own.

Tickets will be available at the gate – ticket prices are $15/adults (ages 11+), $10/children (ages 4-10).
Museum members and children 3 and under are admitted FREE!
We accept cash and credit at admissions – but remember, cash lines move faster!



Special Events
  Japanese Contemporary Artist Sebastian Masuda Debuts “Time After Time Capsule” At Art Basel

Time After Time Capsule
Date: December 6, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Place: Wynwood Arts District Outdoor space at Wynwood, Corner of 21st & 2nd
2103 NW 2nd Avenue Miami

Visitors are welcome to participate in the “Time After Time Capsule” event. Please bring one colorful item that has sentimental or special value to contribute to the project, something to bring to or preserve for the future. The capsule is expected to be preserved for a long time, so please bring non-perishable goods and non-edible items to add.

Colorful Rebellion -Seventh Nightmare-
Performance directed by Sebastian Masuda featuring YUKA

Date: December 7, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; call for exact performance times (954-424-0085)
Place: Young At Art Museum
751 SW 121st Ave, Davie, FL 33325


MIAMI – Sebastian Masuda, a contemporary artist and the founder of Harajuku Kawaii culture, emblematized by his Harajuku shop, 6%DOKIDOKI, is pleased to announce the start of a longterm participatory art project “Time After Time Capsule.” With the support of Young At Art Museum, the first stage of this project will take place during Art Basel on Saturday, December 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wynwood Project, 2103 N.W. 2nd Avenue, Miami. Over the course of a five-year period, “Time After Time Capsule” is expected to travel to 10 cities throughout the world. After the Miami event, the project is expected to travel to New York City.

“Time After Time Capsule” explores whether the concept of Kawaii can actually effect global change. Masuda defines Kawaii as an individualized microcosm of collected objects and feelings uniquely personalized by each individual. Bringing together these microcosms into a greater whole, in “Time After Time Capsule,” Masuda—together with participants—hopes to collect a plethora of items that have intimate sentimental value in larger-than-life time capsules.

Planning to create multiple animal-shared time capsules, as homage to the memory of
childhood, Masuda has created a bear-shaped capsule for the Miami event, one of his favorite motifs. Masuda plans to undertake this participatory project in a number of cities in the next five years. The project will culminate in 2020, the year of the Tokyo Olympics, where the time capsules— filled with personal objects—are expected to be gathered from all over the world to Tokyo and re-interpreted as a sculptural intervention in a public space. His previous art exhibition in New York City in 2013 presented a physical actualization of his own self by creating a small, intimate room filled with Kawaii objects. However, Masuda’s “Time After Time Capsule” is in some way the exact opposite—allowing the public to access and interpret Kawaii. “Time After Time Capsule” provides an opportunity for involvement by others, in an artwork that truly emblematizes “art as a cultural movement."

In addition to “Time After Time Capsule,” on December 7, 6%DOKIDOKI's shop girl Yuka will be featured in a performance at Masuda's solo exhibition "Colorful Rebellion – Seventh Nightmare, at Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121 Ave., Davie. Call the Museum for exact performance times (954-424-0085).
About Sebastian Masuda
Sebastian Masuda (b. 1970, Chiba, Japan) is an artist and director of the Sensational Kawaii-­‐ themed concept shop 6%DOKIDOKI. He was involved in the world of contemporary art in the late 1980s, leading an avant-­‐garde performance group. In 1995, Masuda opened 6%DOKIDOKI as a field of artistic expression in the Harajuku district of Tokyo, Japan. His vision spread not only within the shop, but also into the larger culture, first in Japan and then world-­‐wide perhaps most notably as embraced by American Pop star Gwen Stefani. He has created campaigns and kawaii visuals for some of Japan’s top brands, designed sets for film and theater, and helped to launch the career of kawaii superstar Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.

Kyary’s videos, with art direction and set design by Masuda, have received over 200 million views on YouTube.
As a pioneer of "kawaii culture," Masuda speaks internationally at museums, conferences and other events proposing Japanese pop culture to the rest of the world with the message: Always hold a revolution in your own heart.

  Shizuoka Gymrats vs. The South Florida Gold Basketball Game

Date: December 13-14, 2014

Time: 12/13 -7:00 P.M.

12/14 - 4:00 P.M.

Where: Boynton Beach Community High School

4975 Park Ridge Blvd, Boynton Beach, FL 33426



Tickets available for purchase!


The Shizuoka Gym Rats from Tokyo, Japan will play The South Florida Gold in American Basketball Association action on 12/13 at 7 PM and 12/14 at 4 PM at Boynton Beach Community High School. The South Florida Gold who are currently ranked #2 in The ABA look to build on a great start to their season when they tip off against The Shizuoka Gym Rats.  In Last years meeting The South Florida Gold prevailed. The Gold are led by Head Coach Ken Mitchell who has led the team to a 6-0 start on the 2014-2015 season.  Downtown Freddy Brown has been invited to The NBA D League Draft and hopes to showcase his talents against The Shizuoka Gym Rats. Charlie "Cobra" Coley,a  former member of The Harlem Globetrotters will seek to have more legendary dunks against The Shizuoka Gym Rats. Scott "The Professor" Draugn a returning player for The Gold will use his insight from last year's match up to help the newer players against The Shizuoka Gym Rats.  For ticket information visit www.sflgold.com

  Japan Immersion Day 2014

Date: December 15, 2014

Time: 9:30 A.M.~1:30 P.M.

Where: Florida International University, MMC, GC Pit, GC Rooms, GL 100

Details: event details


A great time to enjoy Japanese culture, meet other Japanese students, learn more about Japan, and have fun!

This year's workshops include:

Sushi Making

Kimono Try On


Sumie(Brush Painting)


Chopstick decoration/Hachimaki making


Japanese bracelet making

Tea Ceremony


Non-refundable $18 includes Japanese lunch, supplies, and handouts.

Please contact makubota@fiu.edu for more information.

  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
  Family Fun Day: New Year's Calendar Making


Date: December 23, 2014~January 6, 2015

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

Where: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens-Lobby

4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, Fl 33446

Details:event details


Kids and Adults, come learn how to make a new year's desktop calendar featuring the zodiac symbol for 2015 - the sheep!






  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.

  Brickell Urban Encounters: Yutaka Toyota – Manuel Carbonell
Two master sculptors. Two disciplines


Date: December 1st~2014~ February 27th, 2015

(9:00 A.M.~4:00 P.M.)


Where: Banco do Brasil Americas

800 Brickell Ave., Suite 103


Details: event details


Banco do Brasil Americas presents “Brickell Urban Encounters” bringing together works for the first time by internationally acclaimed master sculptors Manuel Carbonell and Yutaka Toyota. The second in the inaugural season of the Banco do Brasil Cultural Series, this exhibition opens Monday, December 1 and is on display through Friday, February 27.“Banco do Brasil Americas has a proud tradition of supporting culture and one of our number one assets is the multicultural nature of our clients and staff,” said Banco do Brasil Amerias President and CEO Cassio Segura. “Yutaka Toyota’s monuments grace São Paulo and Manuel Carbonell’s ‘The Pillar of History’ is an iconic part of Miami’s Brickell Avenue Bridge, which makes this exhibition particularly appropriate for our series.”The exhibition is curated by Stella M. Holmes, director of the Brickellian, and Carolina Lucero as part of the art consultancy’s West Encounters East® project.

“Both Toyota and Carbonell developed their own aesthetics through a syntheses of different traditions in their artistic training,” the curators said. “In ‘Brickell Urban Encounters,’ their works bridge cultural differences and present two different but complementary visions of reality” explained Ms. Holmes.

Considered among the most important Latin American Masters, Carbonell (1918 – 2011) belonged to a generation of Cuban artists that studied at the Academia de Bellas Artes “San Alejandro” in Havana. He traveled to and studied in Europe before returning to Cuba and ultimately coming to the United States and, later, Italy. Searching for the essence of the form and the absence of details, Carbonell imparted a sense of strength, simplicity and monumentality to his work. His modern monumental works are part of important collections and public spaces.“Carbonell’s works have a universal beauty that can be appreciated in a variety of contexts and we are pleased to have his works shown for the first time alongside those of Yutaka Toyota,” said Ricardo J. Gonzalez, III, director of the Beaux Arts Gallery which serves as the exclusive representative for the works of Carbonell.

Born in Japan in 1931, Toyota arrived in Brazil in 1962, where he currently lives. From 1965-68, he lived in Milan and worked with designer Bruno Munari while developing his research on sculpture with reflexes. He then joined the movement of optical and kinetic artists who pioneered the use of stainless steel in artworks. Influenced by the spatial theory of Argentine artist Lucio Fontana, he creates artworks that, through the application of physical laws such as Einstein’s theory of relativity and the influence of Zen Buddhist philosophy, encourage art to be viewed in new ways. Artworks are available for sale through the Brickellian with a portion of the proceeds benefiting ArtesMiami, Inc., which supports and promotes South Florida Hispanic artists and cultural organizations, in order to generate greater understanding and appreciation for their work among the diverse publics of this region.
The Banco do Brasil Americas Cultural Series promotes local artists and the diversity of the local community. Each exhibit is free to the public and may be seen Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 800 Brickell Ave., Suite 103, in Miami.

Upcoming Events
Date Event Location
Jan. 11 36th Annual Oshogatsu: A New Year's Celebration

Delray Beach


Anime Conventions
Date Event Location
Dec.12-14 Holiday Matsuri Orlando
Jan. 3 Sukoshi Con: Ft Walton Beach Ft. Walton Beach
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
Dec 1 - Feb 27 Brickell Urban Encounters: Yutaka Toyota – Manuel Carbonell
Two master sculptors. Two disciplines

Miami, FL, Banco do Brasil Americas
Date Event Location

Dec. 6

Wynwood Arts District

Dec. 7


Dec. 12-13

Boyton Beach

Dec. 15


Dec. 23-Jan. 6

Delray Beach, Morikami Museum

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