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Upcoming Festivals and Conventions

Date:October 2 – 4, 2015

Time: Please check website for more information

Where:DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center

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Mizucon, a "fans first" anime festival located in Miami. Our convention is fan-oriented convention. Our management and staff want to run a great fan-oriented convention for all of Florida and beyond.

Experience Asia

Date: October 3, 2015


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


Place:Lewis and Bloxham Parks, Downtown Tallahassee, Florida


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Free Admission.


Japanese community of Tallahassee (JCT) offers an origami workshop, tanabata decorations, name writing in kana, yukata try on, ikebana & calligraphy, craft sale, no-face panels (Ukiyo-e and sumo wrestler) for photo opportunities, hands out Japanese pamphlets and magazines at the 11th Annual Asian Festival, known as “Experience Asia 2015” on Saturday, October 3rd at downtown Tallahassee parks. The festival is sponsored by Asia Coalition of Tallahassee (ACT) and has been one of the most successful events in the capital city of Florida.


One of the highlights is Mikoshi marching. Japanese children lead the march, and JCT’s adults and students from at Florida State University (FSU), Albany State University (ASU), and Valdosta State University (VSU) carry the Mikoshi around parks.


On the stage, JCT perform Bon odori together with FSU, ASU, and VSU students studying Japanese and/or Japanese related classes, and visitors are encouraged to join this dancing. JCT invites Matsuriza as the featured performer of the event. Their appearance becomes possible by the partial support of the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami. Their drumming demonstrates a very powerful facet of Japanese culture especially juxtaposed to the past serene performances from Japanese dancers.


Though JCT is most active in ACT, other Asian organizations in Tallahassee also present their cultural performances, exhibitions, and demonstrations, as well as food vendors bring the best of Asian cuisines.

Morikami O-Bon Festival

Date: October 17, 2015


Time:3:00PM - 8:00PM


Place:Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road,

Delray Beach, FL 33446, United States


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Enjoy Japanese folk-dancing, drumming, our Ennichi street fair and iconic lantern floating ceremony in a fall festival in the spirit of Obon - Japan's summer homage to ancestors who return for a brief visit to the living. Festival opens for members only at 2pm, and the general public at 3pm, the museum and gardens will be closed prior to 2pm. qPlease note: NO tickets will be sold at the gate. You must purchase tickets online in advance either during member pre-sale (Aug. 1-31) or during general admission sales (Sept. 1 until event sell out).

Animate! Miami

Date: October 23 – 25, 2015

Time: Please check convention website

Where:DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center

Details: Event Details


ANIMATE! MIAMI returns on OCTOBER 23-25, 2015 for three days of Anime, Animation, Cosplay, Video Games, and Comic Books as we take over the ENTIRE Miami Airport Convention Center. It's a full weekend celebration featuring some of the animation and anime industries' biggest names, world-famous cosplayers, comedians, entertainers, and much, much more! There will be hundreds of events, such as celebrity Q&As, costume contests, video games, comedy shows, exhibitors, artists, and much more! ANIMATE! MIAMI will take place at the Miami Airport Convention Center and the Doubletree Hotel, 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami FL 33126.

Orlando Japan Festival 2015 – 15th Anniversary

Date: November 8, 2015

Time:11:00AM - 5:00PM

Where:The Village at Hunter's Creek,  13574 Village Park Drive Orlando, FL 32837

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Free Admission!
Raffles, Taiko Drumming, Nihon Buyo, bazaars, Cosplay Contest, Judo Demonstration, food stalls AND MORE!
With Special Guest: Wakayama Performance Troupe, led by Kyosuke Suzuki (performers from the prestigious National Theater of Japan)

Special Events

Tsunami at South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center

Date:September 12th, 2015– October 3, 2015


Time:See website for details


Place:South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center,

10950 Southwest 211th Street, Cutler Bay, FL 33189, United States


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This new play introduces us to the resilient people behind the front-page horrors of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami disaster that occurred in 2011. As these stories unfold, the plan to build a seawall will not deter ancestral memories and the force of life to continue its course. The actors from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds find a common theatrical language to retell the unsettling, absurd, tragic, exhilarating and mystical stories gathered from interviews conducted by the directors in Japan. The tone that prevails in Tsunami is the intangibility of fate. The theme is an ancient one: man against nature. Through the eyes and voices of the characters, universal stories bear testimony to the tragedy of a people affected by the force of the sea. The collection of narratives in this theatre piece is meant to serve as a counterpoise to the sensationalism of media; it reminds us that behind poised photography exist men and women who might not easily show their emotions, but they love, dream and suffer quietly and try to continue to move forward in life. If the tsunami disaster in Japan caused trauma, it has also tempered values, clarified motives, and created a new logo of hope and strength not only for Japan, but also for the rest of the world.

  Japanese Language Group Meet-ups

Tampa Tsudoi

Date: October 2nd, 2015

Time: 7pm - 9pm

Place: Jason's Deli (2702 E. Fowler Avenue)

First Friday of every month. Everyone is welcome. Both Japanese and English is spoken. There's no agenda, and you can come and go as you please. It's just a time to meet some people who share an interest in Japan. Just look for the group with a little Japanese flag on the table.

Contact tampa@floridajetaa.org for more information or to be notified each month by email.


第10 Coffee 会 (The Coffee Kaiwa: Miami)

Date: September 19th, 2015

Time:10:30 AM - 1:30 PM


Pasion Del Cielo (8915 SW 72 Pl, 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! This group meets up every month. The location varies, so please check the calendar monthly to make sure you have the right place. For more information, please contact Lauren at Lsorondo1@gmail.com.

  Ikebana International Meetings in Florida

Monthly Group Meeting for Ikebana Chapter of Naples every 1st Wednesday of the month.
Location: Naples Botanical Garden in the Bueller Auditorium in the FGCU Research Center

St. Petersburg

Programs are from September through May. They are on the third Monday of every month.

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

Ikebana International Chapter 65, St. Petersburg invites the public and artists in all mediums to join us and view our amazing performances this year. Yearly memberships are available for $80 per individual and $120 per couple. First time guests are free. A $10 donation is requested for guests to attend subsequent performances. Our motto is "Friendship Through Flowers." Doors open at 9:15 am with performances to begin at 10 am. Meetings are over by 2 pm.

For information please visit: www.ikebanastpetersburg.com or call: 727-729-9445. Leave your name, phone number and message. Someone will return your call.


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.



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


The mission of SEUS/Japan is to promote ties of trade, investment, education, tourism and friendly relations between Florida and Japan, respectively, and the six other southeastern member states (AL, GA, MS, NC, SC, and TN). SEUS/JAPAN has individual, NPO and corporate membership programs open to all individuals, businesses and organizations interested in supporting its mission and participating in this important annual event. SEUS/Japan works in close partnership with the Governor's office, Enterprise Florida, and other economic development organizations and partners throughout Florida to carry out the mission.


Pre-registration and more information is also available at the organization's website: www.fl-seusjapan.org/include/JointMeeting-Registration.htm


Further Information:

info@fl-seusjapan.org or 786-235-8289

or visit us online at




Education Spotlight
  Japanese Language Classes

Broward Virtual School now offers Japanese I and II for 7-12 grade students:


*  These are high school credit courses (world languages) and
you will receive grades.
*  You can take the class at home.
*  It is free – but you need to have a computer with
internet access, a phone, and a recording device.

Register for the class by sending the following information to satoko.fisher@browardschools.com              

  • your name
  • your school name
  • your email address
  • your phone number
  • your student number

Any questions?  Email @ satoko.fisher@browardschools.com
or call BVS @ 754-321-6050







University of West Florida:


Let’s Speak Japanese!

Come and enjoy playing a variety of Japanese board games


Date & Time: Saturday October 10, 2015: 1:30PM - 3:30PM

: University of West Florida - 11000 University Pkwy, Bldg. 71
Pensacola, FL 32514


This session is for anyone who has studied Japanese language and would like to speak it with Japanese native speakers.

There is no cost, if you would like to join us, just make a reservation by Thursday 8th, so we know you are coming!!


Please e-mail letsspeakjapanese@hotmail.com  to make your reservation.

For more information, please e-mail letsspeakjapanese@hotmail.com

  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.

  Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikatini & Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066

Date:October 6, 2015 – January 31, 2016


Where:Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, Fl 33446


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Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani

Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani(1920 – 2012) was a fiercely independent Japanese American artist who lost his family and friends to the United States internment camps during World War II and Hiroshima’s atomic bombing. He survived the trauma of those two significant events and endured homelessness on the streets of New York City by creating art. This exhibition presents a selection of drawings that Mirikitani made before his death at the age of ninety-two. His work is a poignant exploration of the lasting impacts of war and discrimination, and the healing power of creativity.
Organized by The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, Seattle, Washington, and guest-curated by Roger Shimomura. Funded in part by the Henry and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 authorizing the internment of tens of thousands of American citizens and resident aliens of Japanese ancestry. Wendy Maruyama, a third generation Japanese American and highly regarded artist and furniture maker based in San Diego, has created a compelling body of work examining this period in American history.
The exhibition includes three integrated parts: Executive Order 9066, the Tag Project, and a selection of historical artifacts. Executive Order 9066 involves a series of wall-mounted cabinets and sculptures referencing themes common in the internment camps. Maruyama’s pieces integrate photo transfers based on the documentary photographs of Dorothea Lange and Toyo Miyatake in conjunction with materials such as barbed wire, tarpaper and domestic objects. The Tag Project consists of groupings of 120,000 recreated, paper identification tags suspended from the ceiling. The suspended tags evoke a powerful sense of the humiliation endured by the internees and the sheer numbers of those displaced. Maruyama’s inclusion of actual objects owned or made by the internees brings an intensely personal awareness to the impact of Executive Order 9066. Included objects range from actual suitcases used by families during their relocation to an array of items made by internees from materials made available to them in the camps.
Organized by The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, Massachusetts. Funded in part by the Windgate Charitable Foundation, the Henry and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.




Date Event Location
Oct 3 Experience Asia

Lewis and Bloxham Parks, Downtown Tallahassee, Florida

Oct 17 Lantern Festival Delray Beach, Morikami Museum
Nov 8 Orlando Japan Festival 2015 – 15th Anniversary Orlando, Florida


Anime Conventions
Date Event Location
Oct 2-4 Mizucon Miami
Oct 23-25 Animate! Miami Miami
Date Event Location
Oct 7, 2014 - July 15, 2016 Into the Fold: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection Gainesville, FL, Harn Museum
June 16-Sep 13 Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikatini & Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066
Delray Beach, Morikami Museum


Date Event Location

Sep 12 - Oct 3


Oct 10

Japanese Language Class

University of West Florida

Nov 14-16

Birmingham, AL











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