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Upcoming Festivals and Conventions


Date: October 3-5, 2014

Time: Please check convention website for specific times

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center

Details: event details


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.


  Orlando Japan Fest

Date: November 2nd, 2014


Time: 12:00 P.M.~5:00 P.M.


Where: The Village at Hunter's Creek

13574 Village Park Drive, Orlando, FL 32837





It is our pride and pleasure to announce the 14th Annual Orlando Japan Festival. It will be held on November 2, 2014 (Sun) from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Village at Hunters Creek, 13574 Village Park Drive Orlando, FL 32837. We are very grateful to the management of the Village to provide us the space for the last 7 years, which afford us to conduct our event free of charge to the public.


Because of your generous endorsement, this event has been growing and reaching out to a greater number of people every year. The Festival has been receiving excellent reviews and supports from individuals and businesses in the community. In order to meet the needs of a growing number of visitors, we are planning to improve and expand the accommodations such as toiletry and dining areas this year. As in the previous years, we will have a variety of performances and vendor booths for maximum entertainment and cultural appreciation. We will be truly grateful and look forward for you to be in a bigger part of the Festival than ever before.


The Festival not only benefits the local community to learn and experience the great art and traditions of Japan, but also helps the livelihood of people living in Asia. We donated a large portion of the last year’s proceeds to a school bus project for 2011 Tsunami victims in Kesennuma, Miyagi Japan. We also donated the equal amount to a Philippines Non-Profit Organization in Orlando to help the victims of 2013 Tsunami in Philippines.


Your sponsorship will not only help the community to come together for fun and for the great cause, it will also give the Orlando community a chance to get to know your organization. As a sponsor, you will receive exposure from advertising campaign and promotions for the event. The attached Sponsor Application Form will explain the different levels of sponsorship in detail. Your organization will be recognized as a leader in supporting the art and cultural diversity in our community. If you have any questions, please contact Yasu Inomata (IACE Travel 猪俣泰人) at (407) 351-9999 or email him to HYPERLINK "mailto:yinomata@iace-usa.com" yinomata@iace-usa.com. You can also access our websites for the event information: Orlandojapanfestival.com and/or jorlando.org. We appreciate your support in this endeavor, and look forward to working with you. 


Date: November 1-2, 2014

Time: Please check convention website for specific times

Where: Jacksonville Marriott

Details: event details


WasabiCon is a fan convention designed to celebrate anime, gaming, and all things "geek." Year Three will take place at the Jacksonville, Marriott (in Jacksonville, Florida) on November 1-2, 2014. With over 14,000 square feet of convention space, the event will feature panels, workshops, a vendors room, and much more. Invited convention guests will be noted talent from anime, gaming, and pop culture... Geek culture. Extra spicy.





  FANdom Con

Date: November 7-9, 2014

Time: Please check website for times

Where: Emerald Coast Convention Center

Details: event details


FANdom Con is about being different. We strive to put on a conference featuring everything from cosplay and trivia contests to concerts and stand-up comedy. Each year our team aims to bring something new for fans to enjoy. After all, there is more to a convention than just dressing up! Come out and enjoy what we have to offer.


Special Events

Literature to Film Adaptation in Recent Japan

University of Florida-10 Annual Japan Foundation Film Series

Date: September 25th -October 16th, 2014


Location: Reitz Union Auditorium, University of Florida


Details: click here


Sponsored by The Japan Foundation, RUB/Reitz Union Board--Entertainment, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and The Center for Film and Media Studies


09/25/14 Thursday, 10:30 pm      Abacus and Sword (武士の家計簿, Bushi no kakeibo), 2010, 129 min.
In the twilight of samurai rule, low-ranking Naoyuki Isogai lacks finesse as a swordsman, but as an expert accountant he employs strategies to rescue the fortunes of his clan and keep his family afloat in this humorous historical drama that gestures to downturns in the current economy. Best supporting actress (Keiko Masuzaka), Best Art Direction, 20th Japan Film Critic Award. Directed by Yoshimitsu Morita, acclaimed for his 1983 dark comedy, The Family Game, Abacus and Sword is based on the book of the same title by Michifumi Isoda (1970--).


10/02/14 10:30 pm Thursday, 10:30 pm   Someday (大鹿村騒動気, Ōshika-mura sōdōki), 2011, 93 min.
Zen, the owner of a venison restaurant in the Japan Alps in a town with an ancient biannual tradition of staging a kabuki play, is a lead actor in the upcoming performance. Complications derail the rehearsals, including the sudden appearance of Zen’s estranged wife whom he hasn’t seen for eighteen years.  She seems to have forgotten that part, but what remains of her memory proves to be useful in other ways. Best Film, Yokohama Film Festival, Soleil d’or Kinotayo Prize. Directed by Junji Sakamoto, versatile and prolific contemporary director, Someday is based on a story by Hiroshi Nobue (1958--).


10/09/14 7:00 pm  Rebirth (八日目の蝉, Yōkame no semi), 2011, 147 min.
Kiwako is the loser in an office affair and takes revenge by abducting her lover’s infant daughter. Raising the girl on her own, she is caught after four years and the daughter, Erina, is returned to her father and his wife. As a young woman, Erina begins to recall suppressed memories of her early years in a journey through evocative landscapes and honest confrontation with her conflicting emotions. Winner of 11 awards at the 35th Japan Academy Prize, including Best Picture.  Directed by Izuru Narushima, and based on a novel by the prize-winning author Mitsuyo Kakuta (1967--).


10/16/14 7:00 pm  The Summit: A Chronicle of Stones (剣岳、点の記, Tsurigidake: Ten no ki), 2009, 139 min.
Mt. Tsurigidake, revered as a deity since ancient times and known as the “mountain of death” for its inaccessibility, is the last uncharted region of Japan at the turn of the last century. An official army team is dispatched to chart its territory, as well as the more western-equipped Japan Alpine Club. The two teams battle each another as well as the mountain and its weather. Filmed onsite, with breathtaking views. Best Director, 33rd Japan Academy Prize.  Directed by noted cinematographer Daisaku Kimura, The Summit is based on a novel by Jirō Nitta (1912-1980).


  Japan Foundation Movie Viewing "Always 3-Sunset on Third Street"

Date: October 3rd, 2014

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

Where: Florida International University-GL 100





Tokyo in 1964. The Olympics are set to take place in Tokyo and the country has experienced a period of rapid economic growth. The inhabitants of Third Street live amidst all the change in their usual optimistic ways. Novelist Ryunosuke (Hidetaka Yoshioka) is now married to Hiromi (Koyuki) and they live with Junnosuke (Kenta Suga) who is now in high school. Auto mechanic Norifumi Suzuki (Shinichi Tsutsumi) stills run his mechanic shop across the street with his wife Tomoe (Hiroko Yakushimaru), son Ippei (Kazuki Koshimizu) and employee Mutsuko (Maki Horikita). Their shop has experienced growth over the years. A turning point then occurs for the residents on Third Street ...

  Ronin Taiko- Kon Jo: Spirit Of Courage (special concert for the Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center in Fort Lauderdale)

Date: October 10th, 2014

Time: 7:30 P.M.

Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Details: event details


On October 10, Ronin Taiko will be performing a special concert for the Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center in Fort Lauderdale. 100% of the proceeds from this concert, held at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, will go towards benefitting the children with special care needs at the center. They will be joined by Shamisen performer Kyle Abbott of Bachido, as well as students of the Wadaiko Academy. It would really be great to see you there! If you cannot attend this concert, you still can help by donating $50 to make it possible for one of the children at the center to come and watch the concert and get away from things for a while. It would be greatly appreciated, and we really could use your support! Please visit www.ronintaiko.com and look for the ticket link, contact Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, or call The Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center at 954-728-1019 To donate towards a child's admission.

Through powerful sounds, energetic movements, and the use of theatrics, Ronin Taiko has developed a unique performance style that reflects the group’s passionate dedication to the traditions of Japanese taiko drumming and performance. By way of wadaiko and a variety of added Japanese instruments such as the shinobue, shakuhachi and shamisen, Ronin Taiko will take you on a journey into the life of a master-less warrior, also known as a Ronin, whose determination, tenacity, and courage determines his very survival.

Ronin Taiko is honored to be accompanied on stage by special guest and shamisen performer, Kyle Abbott, and students from the Wadaiko Academy.

This special performance is dedicated to children with special healthcare needs who receive services at the Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center. The Center is a place where the spirit of “Kon Jo” lives each and every day.

  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


Miami Ikebana International 45th year celebration

Demonstration of the Ichiyo School of Ikebana with Ichiyo Executive Master, Elaine Jo

Details: click here

Sunday, October 26, 1- 4pm
Demonstration with Exhibit and Reception
University of Miami, Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center, Stanley and Jewell Glasgow Lecture Hall, 1215 Dickinson Dr., Coral Gables Campus
Directions: http://arc.miami.edu/the-school/facilities/map
Event Tickets: $20, $15 Students

Monday, October 27, 10am-12pm
Ichiyo Hands-on flower arranging workshop at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Corbin Building,10901 Old Cutler Rd.,
Coral Gables
Directions: http://www.fairchildgarden.org/visitingfairchild/directionsparkingandmaps/
Workshop Tickets: $25

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 305-233-6604

Please join Miami Chapter 131 in celebrating 45 years of


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

Education Spotlight
  Japanese Social Psychology & Comparison to the U.S.


Date: October 27th, 2014

Time: 5:00 P.M.~7:00 P.M.

Where: Florida International University, SIPA 103

Details:event details


Dr. Steven J. Heine from the University of British Columbia will discuss Japanese social psychology and compare it to the U.S.

  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.

Upcoming Events
Date Event Location
Oct. 18 Lantern Festival: The Spirit of Obon Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, Fl 33446

Nov. 2 Orlando Japan Fest

The Village at Hunter's Creek

13574 Village Park Drive, Orlando, FL 32837


Anime Conventions
Date Event Location
Oct 3-5 Mizucon DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center
Nov 1-2 Wasabicon Jacksonville Marriott
Nov 7-9 FanDOM Con Emerald Coast Convention Center
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
Date Event Location

Sep 26-Oct 16

Literature to Film Adaptation in Recent Japan

University of Florida-10 Annual Japan Foundation Film Series

University of Florida- Reitz Auditorium

Oct 3

Florida International University GL 100

Oct 10

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Oct 26-27


Oct 27

Florida International University SIPA 103

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