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Upcoming Festivals and Conventions

Date and Time: April 10th-April 12th

Please check sites for times



Orange County Convention Center


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The Southeast's premier Comic Book, Anime, Sci-Fi/Fantasy and multimedia event.

Orange County Convention Center

West Building – Exhibit Halls A4 through B4


  • FRIDAY APRIL 10th – 12PM-7PM
  • SATURDAY APRIL 11th – 10AM-6PM
  • SUNDAY APRIL 12th – 10AM-5PM

*Additional events taking place outside of the showroom floor will be available up to 11:30 PM on Friday and Saturday evening, and 8:00 PM on Sunday. More details to come.


Online: Friday – $30.00, Saturday – $35.00, Sunday $30.00, 3-day – $70.00
Onsite: Friday – $35.00, Saturday – $40.00, Sunday $35.00, 3-day – $75.00

Groups of 25 people or more are eligible for group prices. Some restrictions apply. Please call 386-364-1826 for more information.

Attendees in need of special services must contact the show with information regarding their needs at least four weeks prior to the show date.

Hatsume Fair 2015

Date: April 18-19, 2015

Time: Regular garden hours

Where: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, Fl 33446


Celebrating the first bud of spring on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 2015, Morikami’s largest annual event, Hatsume Fair, transforms the normally tranquil Morikami Park into a unique Japanese spring festival featuring three stages (with taiko drumming, martial arts demos and our annual costume and fashion show contest), avenues of artisan booths, plant sales, Asian and American food vendors and children’s activities.


Online ticket sales resume in March 2015

$15 for adults (11+)
$10 for children over 3
FREE for Morikami members
FREE for kids under 3

Happening @ Hatsume

Taiko drumming
Avenues of craft, plant and tea vendors
Anime @ Hatsume featuring our costume & fashion show contests
Japanese craft activities and games

  Florida Anime Experience

Date: April 24th-April 26th, 2015

Time: Please check website for specific times

Where:Park Inn by Radisson Orlando-Celebration

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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.

  Sukoshi Con: Destination Anime


Date: May 1st-May 3rd, 2015

Time: Please check times on website

Where:Bay Point Wyndham Golf Resort & Spa

4114 Jan Cooley Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32408

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Sukoshi Con is back! Same Anime, new Destination. Join us Summer 2015 in Panama City for Destination Anime at the Bay Point Wyndham Resort ON THE BEACH! We've combined Anime, Gaming, the beach, and resort all in one to bring you the ultimate Summer vacation!


Omni Expo

Date: May 22nd-May 24th, 2015

Time: See site for hours

Where: Rosen Centre Hotel

Orlando, FL

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OMNI EXPO is a combination of this generation's craving for the latest and greatest that Technology has to offer and the yearning for a world with infinite possibilities. It will bring together the world of today and tomorrow, interspersed with the world of fantasy, which influences minds to believe in the possibilities of the future. The event will combine major corporate players in the fields of Electronics, Video, Games, Communications, Anime Licensing, Home Video, and more. OMNI EXPO will be the first Consumer Expo to bring all of these together under one roof. Companies will have a face-to-face experience with their direct buying demographic to show their latest and greatest Technologies, as well as letting them know what is new and coming soon!

Special Events
  第3 Coffee 会 (Japanese Language Group Meet-up)

Date: Saturday, March 28th, 2015


Time: 11:00 A.M.~2:00 P.M.


Place: Tropical Park

7900 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33155

The group will be meeting by the big hill nearest to the 56th street entrance. If you cannot find the group, please call Lauren at 305-926-1322



Event Details: The event this month will be a potluck lunch event. Please see details below.

When I was growing up in Miami, I never met a single Japanese person, much less anyone
that spoke Japanese at all. It was no surprise to me, then, that when I returned from Japan
this summer it was difficult to meet people with similar interests. The more my friends at
Florida JETAA and I discussed it, the more apparent it became that we need to build a
community where Japanese natives and South Florida locals can meet and share their
Now, you can join me, Lauren Sorondo, for our monthly Coffee 会話(kai-wa)! A unique
opportunity to foster language learning through cultural discussion and friendship.

In celebration of the great Miami weather, we'll be having a special Park Potluck for our
third meeting. So bring out your blankets, frisbees, and smiles - and a little something to

When? Saturday, March 28th, 11:00 am - 2:00pm
Where? Tropical Park (7900 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33155 )
Who should come? Ex-JETs, students, 日本人、アメリカ人 , singles, couples,
While this is primarily an opportunity for Japanese language practice, people of all
proficiency levels are welcome! We'd love to get a mix of JET Alumni, students, and
Japanese natives together, so please tell your friends.
Plates, cups, and utensils will be provided. Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish, snacks,
or drinks to share. Kindly RSVP at LSorondo1@gmail.com.

  Tanabe Shochiku Bamboo Demonstrations (Melbourne)


Date: April 4th, 2015


Time: 10:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M.


Place:Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at FIT

150 West University Boulevard, Melbourne, FL 32901


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$25 Admission, $20 for FOT members.

Featured artist, Tanabe Shochiku III will give a signature presentation on the art of bamboo.


Tanabe Shochiku III, who assumed his artist name in 2008, was
born in Osaka Prefecture in 1973. Growing up learning the art of
bamboo weaving, Tanabe Shōchiku III first trained under his father
(Modern Twist artist Chikuunsai III). In 1999, after graduating from
the Department of Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts, at Tokyo
University of the Arts, Tanabe took part in a two-year training
program at the Oita Prefectural Bamboo Craft and Training Support
Center, and today is one of the leading up-and-coming bamboo
craftsmen in Japan. His work captures the essence of the medium
both conceptually and visually, a skill which has garnered Tanabe
international acclaim. His work is included in the collections of the
Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the Museum of Fine Arts,
Boston and the British Museum in London. He is also unusual
among Japanese bamboo weavers in that he is active outside
Japan as an ambassador for his art form, exhibiting and
demonstrating in Australia, Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand,
the U.S., and Switzerland.




Date: April 6th, 2015


Time: 6:30 P.M.-9:00 P.M.


Place:Mounts Botanical Garden

Clayton Hutcheson Complex – Exhibit Hall A
559 N Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL


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Shouchiku Tanabe is a fifth-generation contemporary bamboo artist. After graduating from the Department of Sculpture at Tokyo University of the Arts, Tanabe took part in a two-year training program at the Oita Prefectural Bamboo Craft and Training Support Center. His renowned Tsunagari series of bamboo crafts utilize the inherent pliancy of bamboo, while adopting the traditional methods of bamboo crafts passed down from mentor Tanabe Chikuunsai I. This approach captures the essence of the medium in both concept and visual presentation, evident by the many exhibitions showcasing his work overseas, including Golden Week on Japanese Art (Seattle Asian Art Museum) in 2006, New Bamboo Contemporary Masters (Japan Society in New York) in 2008, and Modern Master (Bayem Gallery, Munich) in 2012.


  The Art of Bamboo Basket Making with Shochiku Tanabe (Delaray Beach)

Date: April 7h, 2015


Time: 10:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. and 2:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M.


Place: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, Fl 33446

Classroom A


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  • Tuesday, 10:30am-12:30pm and 2pm-4pm
  • $80
  • Material Fee: $30 (cash payable to the instructor)
  • Advance registration required
  • Students must bring nippers or small garden shears, a pair of non-heavy duty pliers for wire work, and a spray bottle of water.

Learn the art of bamboo basket making from a master artist from Osaka, Japan in this hands-on workshop. Shōchiku Tanabe is a renowned bamboo craftsman whose work has been exhibited around the world and recently at the Morikami Museum in our exhibit, Contemporary Kōgei Styles in Japan (2013). Be introduced to the history and beauty of bamboo craftsmanship, and learn how to apply traditional techniques combined with contemporary design to create three sculptural bamboo basket forms.

  Meet Japanese Bamboo Artist,Shochiku Tanabe (Davie)

Date: April 8th, 2015


Time: 4:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.


Place: Young At Art Museum

751 SW 121st Ave
Davie, FL


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Meet Japanese Bamboo Artist Shōchiku Tanabe!

Come meet master artist Shōchiku Tanabe from Osaka, Japan, and learn the traditional and historical bamboo art-making that has been passed down through generations.

Mr. Tanabe is an internationally renowned bamboo craftsman whose work has been exhibited around the world. Be introduced to the history of bamboo craftmanship, learn the ecological functions of bamboo forest, and get inspired by the beauty of bamboo art.

Lecture and Demonstration at YAA

• Free for YAA Members or with paid Museum Admission

  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


City of Kobe: KOBE Biennale 2015 Call for Applications for International Competitions


City of Kobe: KOBE Biennale 2015 Call for Applications for International Competitions


KOBE Biennale is a comprehensive art festival which has been held every two years since 2007, where diverse foreign cultures and art cultures come together to interact in the Port City, Kobe. Competitions in various categories and a wide variety of project exhibitions are held, making the best use of the beautiful locations with the historical background of the port.


Upon the opening of KOBE Biennale 2015 we are calling for a broad range of artworks for the following four International Competitions:

・The “Art in a Container International Competition” , using a shipping container as an exhibition space http://kobe-biennale.jp/_en/compe/container/index.html

・The “SHITSURAI ART International Competition”, incorporating the Port of Kobe into artwork http://kobe-biennale.jp/_en/compe/shitsu/index.html

・The “Creative Toys International Competition”, using natural materials http://kobe-biennale.jp/_en/compe/toy/index.html

・The “Comic Illustration International Competition”, which is drawing attention from at home and abroad http://kobe-biennale.jp/_en/compe/comic/index.html


For enquiries, please contact:
KOBE Biennale Organizing Committee Secretariat
E-mail: kb_office@kobe-biennale.jp

  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 Foundation Grant Workshop

Date: April 17th, 2015

Time: 1:00 P.M. ~ 5:00 P.M.

Where: Florida International University, MMC Campus

GC Panther Suite

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Research presented by faculty and grad students, sponsored by the grant.




  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.





  Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art

Date: January 31st- April 25th, 2015


Where: Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology

150 W. University Blvd.

Melbourne, FL


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The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology is pleased to announce its latest exhibit, Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art, an exhibition exploring the innovative shape bamboo art has taken since the mid-20th century.

Modern Twist is on view at the Funk from Jan. 31 through April 25, the show’s only stop in Florida. It will conclude its national tour with two exhibitions in California.
Curated by Andreas Marks at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and organized by International Arts and Artists, Modern Twist features a stunning selection of works from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford, Calif. With rare wall-hung installations and pieces never before seen in the United States, this exhibition, which was developed by Asian art specialist Margalit Monroe, both engages and educates audiences about a vibrant cultural art form.

“The Ruth Funk Center is thrilled to be the only Florida venue for this unique exhibition of Japanese art by world-renowned artists,” said Carla Funk, Florida Tech’s director of university museums. “We hope that Modern Twist, in presenting contemporary interpretations of the ancient tradition of bamboo weaving, will also expose our audience to the vibrant diversity of the textile arts and widen their appreciation of fiber as an artistic medium.”

Bamboo is a quintessential part of Japanese culture, shaping the country’s social, artistic and spiritual landscape. Although bamboo is an abundant natural resource, it is a challenging artistic medium with less than 100 professional bamboo artists in Japan today. Mastering the art form requires decades of meticulous practice learning how to harvest, split and plait, or braid, the bamboo. Modern Twist brings the work of 17 of these artists to the Space Coast, and their pieces display a mastery of the supreme technical skills inherent in their innovative and imaginatively crafted sculptures.

The emergence of bamboo as a sculptural art form has religious and cultural roots. In Japan, functional objects have been woven from bamboo for hundreds of years. By the 8th century, bamboo baskets were incorporated into Buddhist ceremonies, and held flower petals that were offered to deities in sacred rituals. During the 15th and 16th centuries, bamboo vases, tea scoops, ladles, and whisks became important features of Japanese traditions, such as flower arrangements (ikebana) and tea gatherings (chanoyu and senchadō).

Modern Twist examines the rising awareness of this medium as an innovative art form. In the last 100 years, the creativity and talent of bamboo basket makers have elevated their status from artisans to artists. These artists have redefined aesthetic conventions by experimenting with nonfunctional forms, and their creations have evolved from functional vessels to increasingly sculptural objects.
Since 1967, six bamboo artists have been named Living National Treasures, a designation created by the Japanese government after World War II in an effort to celebrate and preserve the nation’s traditions and culture. Only two living bamboo artists —Katsushiro Sōhō (2005) and Fujinuma Noboru (2012) — currently hold this title, and both have works in Modern Twist.

In addition, the exhibition features works by other visionary artists: Matsumoto Hafū, Honma Hideaki, Ueno Masao, Uematsu Chikuyū, Nagakura Ken’ichi, Tanabe Chikuunsai III, Tanabe Yōta, Tanabe Shōchiku III, Tanioka Shigeo, Tanioka Aiko, Honda Shōryū, Mimura Chikuhō, Nakatomi Hajime, Sugiura Noriyoshi and Yonezawa Jirō.

The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts is the only textiles center in the state of Florida and one of very few in the nation. The center preserves and displays an international collection of textiles through rotating public exhibitions and educational programs.
Admission to the center is free. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The center is next to Evans Library on the Florida Tech campus, 150 W. University Blvd. in Melbourne. For more information, visit http://textiles.fit.edu or call (321) 674-8313.


Poetry in Clay: The Art of Ōtagaki Rengetsu

Date: February 12, 2015 – May 24, 2015


Where:Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, Fl 33446


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Ōtagaki Rengetsu (February 10, 1791 – December 10, 1875) was a Japanese Buddhist nun and perhaps the most well-known female artist and poet of 19th century Japan. Rengetsu collaborated with potters, lacquerware craftsmen, and a variety of other artists to create myriad objects. Poetry in Clay brings together paintings, ceramics, decorative fans, tea ceremony utensils and calligraphy pieces. The objects comprising this exhibition are part of the largest private collection of works by Ōtagaki Rengetsu in the United States.

Date Event Location
Apr. 18-19 Hatsume Fair 2015

Delray Beach, FL


Anime Conventions
Date Event Location
Apr.10-Apr. 12 Megacon Orange County
Apr.24-Apr. 26 Florida Anime Experience Orlando
May.1-May. 3 Sukoshicon Panama City
May 22-May 24 Omni Expo Orlando
Date Event Location
Oct 7 - July 15 Into the Fold: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection Gainesville, FL, Harn Museum
Jan 31- Apr 25 Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art
Melbourne, FL, Florida Institute of Technology
Feb 12- May 24

Poetry in Clay: The Art of Ōtagaki Rengetsu

Delray Beach, Morikami Museum
Date Event Location

Mar. 28

Monthly Japanese Language Group Meetup


Apr. 4th


Apr. 6th

West Palm Beach

Apr. 7th

Delray Beach

Apr. 8th


Apr. 17th


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