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Upcoming Festivals and Conventions
  Pensacola Comic Convention

Date: August 8th-9th, 2015


Time: Please see convention website


Where: Pensacola Fair Grounds Expo Hall 6655 Mobile Hwy Pensacola, FL 32526


Details: event details


Pensacola Comic Convention for Fans of Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, Gaming, Anime, Costuming, Fandom, Indie Films, Artists, Celebrity Guests, Comic Books, Video Gaming, Pop Culture, Voice Actors, Renaissance, Cosplay, Steampunk, Theater, Performing, Writers, Literature, Publishing, Arts, Mystery, Crafts, Collecting, Model Construction, Film Making, Paranormal, Vendors, Reality TV, and more! We will offer celebrity meet and greets, discussion panels, workshops, screenings, demonstrations, events, gaming, costume contests, tournaments, and competitions. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Arc Gateway, EscaRosa Coalition On the Homeless, Inc., Making Stride with Breast Cancer, The Ronald McDonald House, and various local charities. Tickets start at $10. Children 7 and under are free.


Guests Includes: Randy Couture - MMA/UFC LEGEND - UFC Hall Of Fame, Two Time UFC World Heavyweight Champion. The Scorpion King Rise Of A Warrior, The Expendables I,2,3 and 4. Stretch, Redbelt, 3 Geezers, Ambushed. OZ; Lori Petty Orange is the New Black, A League of their Own, Tank Girl; Karyn Parsons Fresh Prince of Belair, Major Payne, The Ladies Man; Jennifer Rhodes Charmed; Wilmer Calderon Agents of Shield, Fast and the Furious; Greg Cipes Beast Boy, Teen Titans, Ben 10, W.I.T.C.H., Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Wild ; Christopher Atkins The Blue Lagoon; Michael Copon Power Rangers, Beyond the Break, One True Hill; Hilary Shepard, Diva Tox Power Ranger, Star Trek; Michael Jai White Spawn, Black Dynamite, Why Did I Get Married; Austin Idol , Universal Heartthrob, WWF; Rick Worthy Supernatural ,Star Trek; Larry D. Wilcox CHIPS; Sir Mix-A-Lot ; Scott Tepperman Ghost Hunter International, The Hospital, Camp Massacre ; Jim Orear The Hospital, Camp Massacre; Jim Tavaré Harry Potter; Hurricane Helms WWE; Bobby Campo The Final Destination, Being Human; RCSixtyfour Cosplay Model; Sandra Taylor Under Siege 2, Batman & Robin; Heidi Jo Cosplay Model; Jerrad Vunovich Walking Dead, Hunger Games, American Horror Story; Shadow Clone Geek Rapper; Parjai Squad of the Florida, Eric Dupre` Underground FX Lab, LaVonne French 501st Legion; Parjai Squad of the Florida and more.

Pensacola Fair Grounds Expo Hall
6655 Mobile Hwy Pensacola, FL 32526
Phone: (850) 941 4321
Cost: $10 (Children 7 and under are free.)
Website: http://www.pensacolacomiccon.com

Anime Festival Orlando

Date: August 14th~August 16th, 2015

Time: Please check website for more information

Where: Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive

8001 International Drive, Orlando, FL

Details: event details


AFO is a multi-day celebration of all things related to Japanese animation and pop culture held at the Wyndham Orlando Resort.

Umicon Daytona

Date: September 11th~September 13th, 2015

Time: Please check convention website

Where: Ocean Center, 101 North Atlantic Avenue

Daytona Beach, FL 32118

Details: event details


Umicon Daytona is an anime, gaming and comics convention right on beautiful Daytona Beach.The main purpose of Umicon is to celebrate and promote American and Japanese video gaming, Japanese animation also known as anime, manga which are Japanese graphic novels, cosplay which is the act of creating and modeling costumes based on characters from Japanese and American media, and the melding of Japanese and American pop-culture. The staff of Umicon Daytona attend and volunteer at many conventions around Florida. We realized one day that there is a need for a convention for this culture in the eastern part of central Florida, and what place is better than Daytona Beach? We decided that it was time to combine the beauty of this art-based culture with the beauty of the beach!

Special Events

Family Fun Mini Workshop: Beginner and Intermediate Origami

Date: Saturday, August 8th, 2015



Beginner: 11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Intermediate: 1:00 P.M.~2:00 P.M.


Place:Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

4000 Morikami Park Road

Delray Beach, FL 33446


Event details:

Join us to learn a few simple origami techniques and make a few fun objects in this mini workshop. This workshop is great for kids and those new to origami.



  • 11:30am – 12:30pm
  • $20 for parent & child (ages 7+)$10 for each additional participant or adult
  • Advance registration required
  • For ages 7 years and up.
  • Children must register with a parent/guardian and must follow the age requirement.
  • Mini Workshop fees do not include admission to the museum and gardens.


  • 1pm-2pm
  • $20 for parent & child (ages 7+)
  • $10 for each additional participant or adult
  • Advance registration required
  • For ages 7 years and up. Children must register with a parent/guardian and must follow the age requirement.
  • Mini Workshop fees do not include admission to the museum and gardens.


  Sushi and Stroll Summer Walks

Date: August 14th, 2015


Time: 5:30 P.M.


Place: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

4000 Morikami Park Road

Delray Beach, FL 33446


Event Details: event details

We welcome guests on select Friday evenings (from 5:30-8:30pm) throughout the summer to experience and explore our Japanese gardens, cold drink in hand. Sip craft sake selections – some sweet, sparkling, creamy, or even in a can – that you might not find anywhere else in South Florida.
Visitors are also invited to indulge in Pan-Asian cuisine from Morikami’s Cornell Café (not included in admission price,) shop in the Museum Store and enjoy roaring taiko drum performances by Fushu Daiko at 6:30PM, 7:15PM and 8:00PM (additional $2, limited tickets available.)

Tickets at the door

  • $8/adults (ages 11+)
  • $6/children (ages 4-10)
  • FREE for museum members and children 3 and under
Tickets in advance (can be used at any of the 2015 Sushi & Stroll dates)
  • $7/adults (ages 11+)
  • $5/children (ages 4-10)
Advance ticket purchasers take advantage of a fast-track entry line. Taiko tickets are $2/each and are only sold at the event, not available for purchase in advance. Fushu Daiko will perform at 6:30pm, 7:15pm & 8:00pm & tickets for all performances will be sold on a first come, first served basis starting at 5:30pm. Additional info Members do NOT need to purchase tickets for themselves, or those covered by their membership. Please contact our membership office at 561-495-0233 x 290 if you have any questions about your benefits. Sushi & Stroll is a rain or shine event and tickets are non-refundable. Advance admission will only be available until 5:00pm on the Thursday before each event. Tickets will be available at the door.

  第8 Coffee 会 (Japanese Language Group Meet-up)

Date: August 22nd, 2015


Time: 3:00 P.M.~5:00 P.M.


Place: Pasion del Cielo Coffee Shop

8915 SW 72nd Place (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!


Japanese language group meet up is always help the last Saturday of every month. The location varies, so please check with the calendar every month to make sure you are going to the right place.

  12th Annual Florida-Japan Summit

Date: September 2nd, 2015


Time: 2:00 P.M.~5:00 P.M.


Place: Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
MARC Pavilion
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199


Event Details: click here


Join us at the MARC Pavilion at Florida International University the after-noon of this coming this September 2nd for the 12th Annual Florida-Japan Summit, our annual gathering of Florida-Japan business, education, tourism, and cultural leaders for info exchange, networking, and to renew existing or develop new friendship ties. The summit will be presented in partnership with and hosted by Florida International University’s Asian Studies Institute. This year’s summit will include admission to a networking reception following the summit. For more details and info, contact us by phone or visit us online at www.fl-seusjapan.org/upcoming-events


  JUMP - Japan U.S. Military Program


Date: September 4th, 2015


Time: 2:00 P.M. ~ 4:30 P.M.


Place:ational Naval Aviation Museum
Naval Air Station Pensacola


Event Details: click here


The Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida cordially invites you to attend the
Japan-U.S. Military Program

National Naval Aviation Museum, Naval Air Station Pensacola
R.S.V.P. required
(850) 361-8750 or info@jasnwfl.org


A celebration of alliances and relationships,
connecting past and present military service members,
families and government civilians who served in Japan.
Sponsored by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA
in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan in the United States
and the National Association of Japan-America Societies




  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

  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-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

Details:event details


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


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.

  Photo and Pottery Exhibition: In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Sister-State relationship between Florida and Wakayama, Japan

Date: June 1, 2015 – August 31th, 2015


Where:The Gallery for Innovation and the Arts, RA Gray Building

500 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, FL  32399


Details: event details


The State of Florida and Wakayama prefecture singed the agreement for the sister-state relationship on October 4, 1995 with commitments of strengthening friendship and mutual understanding while increasing economic, trade, social and cultural development. 

Photos are revealing beautiful sceneries of Wakayama. Pottery is made and fired in anagama kilns by artists of Wakayama and Florida.

Kumano kodo, UNESCO world heritage site.   In ancient times, this was a pilgrimage route from Kyoto to Kumano Sanzan.


This exhibition is hosted by the Florida Department of State|Division of Cultural Affairs.  Photos loaned by the Japan Center, University of West Florida.  Pottery and paintings loaned by Masayoshi Shimizu and the Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society. 


 The Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society has had artist exchanges with Wakayama since 2006.
Wakayama where the spiritual culture of Japan lives on.

Wakayama Prefecture faces the Pacific Ocean locating on the Kii Peninsula, Japan’s largest peninsula.  It is located south of Osaka, and it takes about 30 minutes by car to the prefectural capital, Wakayama City, from Kansai International Airport.

Wakayama is blessed with beautiful mountains, rivers and ocean and abounds with rich historical treasures and the spiritual culture.  It was known as sacred land from the ancient times that goes back to the 9th century.  During the Edo Period (1603-1867), cultures and commerce among commoners flourished centering the Wakayama Castle, which was built in 1685 for the load of one of the three lineage members of the Tokugawa shogun’s family.  Wakayama is known as the birth place of soy source and is famous for plums and its wine, beautiful lacquer ware, citrus, tuna, sake and many more.  

Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range were registered as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in July 2004.  The sites include Koyasan in northern Wakayama and Kumano Sanzan in southern Wakayama.  Those sites are sacred, and mountains, forests, rice terraces and such have been worshiped as the object of prayer. They represent an extremely valuable cultural heritage in a form of “cultural landscape” created through the interaction between humankind and its natural environment over a long period of time. 

Koyasan is a holy ground representing the Shingon sect of esoteric Buddhism with a history dating back twelve hundred years.  Kukai (774-835), the posthumous name Kobodaishi, brought from China the Shingon sect of esoteric Buddhism to Koyasan in 816 and founded esteemed Kongobuji temple as the training grounds for Shingon esoteric Buddhism.  Shingon sect’s tradition as a way of discovering the true nature or Buddha nature within people’s inner-selves and creating harmony between people and nature has held an intrinsic appeal for Japanese throughout the ages.   

Kumano Sanzan (Three Grand Shrines in Kumano) are Kumano Hongu Grand Shrine, Kumamo Hayatama Grand Shrine and Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine.  From ancient times of lore, Kumano has always been thought of as a special region inhabited by the gods.  Faith in Kumano Sanzan led emperors and nobility of the Heian Period (794-1185) to these unexplored region in search of a divine land on earth.  This practice spread to commoners by the Edo Period (1603-1867). 



Japan's Robot Kingdom

Date: June 16th, 2015 – September 13th, 2015


Where:Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, Fl 33446


Details: event details


In the past 50 years, Japan has played a leading role in technological advancements, particularly in robotics. Robots have occupied an integral part of Japanese popular culture and society for many decades, not only as subjects of sci-fi comics, films, and other forms of entertainment but also as a means of advancing developments in the natural and social sciences. This exhibition explores Japan’s vast robot kingdom by way of a variety of vintage toys, figurines, and other robot forms, including our very own furry seal, Paro, a therapy robot created to calm and comfort those in need.


Funding made possible by the Henry and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts & Culture. Our appreciation goes to lenders Rick and Jeanne Newman of hightechscience.org, TATE’S Comics + Toys + More, Bennie Albert of Uberscosplay, and the Consulate General of Japan in Miami.

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Anime Conventions
Date Event Location
Aug 8-9 Pensacola Comic Convention Pensacola
Aug 14-16 Anime Festival Orlando Orlando
Sep 11-13 Umicon Daytona Daytona Beach
Date Event Location
Oct 7 - July 15 Into the Fold: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection Gainesville, FL, Harn Museum
Jun 1 - Aug 31 Photo and Pottery Exhibition: In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Sister-State relationship between Florida and Wakayama, Japan Tallahassee, FL , The Gallery for Innovation and the Arts, RA Gray Building
June 16-Sep 13

Japan's Robot Kingdom

Delray Beach, Morikami Museum
Date Event Location

Aug 8

Delray Beach

Aug 14

Delray Beach

Aug 22

Monthly Japanese Language Group Meetup


September 2


Sep 4


Sep 14-17


Nov 14-16

Birmingham, AL

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