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Upcoming Festivals and Conventions
Amelia Con 2014


Date: September 6th, 2014

Time: Please check convention website for specific times

Where: Fernandina Beach Recreation Center

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Amelia Con is the first and only "nerd" convention on Amelia Island. We're bringing you popular media, comic book, and pop culture icons, exhibitors, artists, and events from near and far.


Date: September 19th~21st, 2014

Time: Please check convention website for specific times

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld

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Mythicon is a 3-day anime, video game, and comic book convention. Our aim is to provide attendees with a unique and enthralling con experience. With a number of stage shows taking place during the event, Mythicon will be holding open casting tryouts in the greater Orlando area. In addition to our main and special events, Mythicon's programming will include panels with industry guests as well as fan panels, cosplay and costume events/contests, an AMV contest, and DJ-programmed dances/raves. Additional new programming will be announced as preparations move forward in bringing the legend to life at Mythicon.




Date: October 3-5, 2014

Time: Please check convention website for specific times

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center

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We are 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.




  Lantern Festival: Spirit of Obon

Date: October 18, 2014

Time: 3:00-8:00 P.M.

Where: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, Fl 33446

Details: event details


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.
Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 3-8pm*

Ticket sales are August 1st - 31st for members and September 1st - event sell out for the general public. To continue to offer our visitors an experience that’s enjoyable and unforgettable, we are further limiting admission to Lantern Festival. This means no tickets will be sold at the gate, and members will no longer get in free.

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




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


  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


(If your chapter is not listed, please contact the webmaster)

Education Spotlight
  JET Program Recruiting 2014-2015 Schedule

The Consulate General of Japan in Miami, and the members of the FLJETAA will be hosting info sessions about the Japan Exchange and Teaching(JET) Program across the State of Florida. The schedule is subject to change, so please double check with the University to verify dates and times.



9/11/2014 University of Tampa 5:00P.M.~5:55 P.M. (Riverside Building)


9/15/2014 Florida State University 6:00 P.M~7:30 P.M. (Diffenbaugh 009)


9/16/2014 University of Florida 1:00 P.M~2:30 P.M. (CSE E220)

9/16/2014 University of Central Florida 5:30 P.M.~6:30 P.M. (CSEL Bldg. #140, Room 115)

9/16/2014 Rollins College 5:30 P.M.~6:30 P.M. (Cornell Campus Center, Bieberbach-Reed Room)


?9/17/2014 Florida Gulf Coast University 11:00 A.M.~12:00 P.M.

9/17/2014 New College of Florida 12:00 P.M.~1:00 P.M. (Library, 156)

9/17/2014 University of South Florida 3:30 P.M.~5:00 P.M. (CGS 140)


9/22/2014 Florida Atlantic University 11:00 A.M.~12:30 P.M. (GS214B)

9/22/2014 University of Miami 4:00 P.M.~5:30 P.M. (Whitten Learning Center, 140)


9/24/2014 Florida International University 1:30 P.M.~3:00 P.M (GC140).


9/25/2014 Eckerd College 5:00 P.M.~6:00 P.M. (Seibert 106)

9/25/2014 Ringling College 6:30 P.M.~7:30 P.M. (Location)


9/29/2014 University of North Florida 10:30 A.M.~11:30 A.M. (58W/3804)

9/29/2014 Barry University(Miami) 1:00 P.M.~2:30 P.M. (Landon Student Union Conference Room 204)


9/30/2014 University of West Florida 11:00 A.M.~2:00 P.M. (Career Services Building 19)



The Consulate is attempting to set up information sessions at the following schools: Saint Leo University, Florida Southern College, and Saint Thomas University. Please contact the Consulate for questions regarding these sessions. Depending on availablity, we may or may not be able to visit these schools.

  Bijin to Bishonen: An exploration into the ideals of beauty and gender in Japanese Art

Date:August 4th~September 8th, 2014

Where:Santa Fe College, Art Gallery

Details: event details


Bijin to Bishonen is a nuanced visual exploration of ideals of feminine and masculine beauty and the intersections of gender roles in Japanese culture. Synthesizing the traditional with the contemporary, displays of imagery and objects associated with dress, performance art, sport, and culture create and complicate perspectives about Japanese history and media. Contemporary advertisements juxtaposed with traditional woodblock prints and a collection of Kimonos highlight the rich history and similarities in culture and gender expression that have endured time, and western influence. However, these collections also expose themes of consumption, objectification, stereotyping, and acculturation.

This unique and thought provoking exhibit will be on display in the Santa Fe Gallery from August 5 through September 12. There will be a reception on Friday, September 5, from 7-9 p.m. This and all gallery events are free and open to the public. Please contact the gallery office at 352-395-5464 0r kyle.novak@sfcollege.edu with any questions.


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

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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.

  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

October18 Lantern Festival: The Spirit of Obon Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, Fl 33446


Anime Conventions
Date Event Location
Sep 6 Amelia Con 2014 Fernandina Beach Recreation Center
Sep 19-21 Mythicon DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld
Oct 3-5 Mizucon DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center
Date Event Location
July 5 - Sept. 7 Kingdom of Characters Anime Exhibit Davie
July 12 - Sept. 7 Colorful Rebellion-Seventh Nightmare Davie
Aug 4-Sep 8 Bijin to Bishonen: An exploration into the ideals of beauty and gender in Japanese Art Gainesville
Sep 30 - Jan 18 Japanese Design for the Senses: Beauty, Form and Function Delray Beach
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