Calendar of Events

The Education and Culture department maintains a calendar of events page which provides information on current and upcoming Japan-related news, festivals, events, classes, and other opportunities. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to receive more detailed event information, club activities, and education opportunities. You can also like and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all Japan-related events based in Florida. If you would like to suggest any additional Japan-related news and events in Florida, please contact us. All news and events must be submitted by the 20th of the prior month for a possible mention.
Please note: several of these links lead to websites that are unconnected with the Consulate General of Japan in Miami and the Japanese government. Therefore, we cannot verify the accuracy or legitimacy of the content provided on these websites. These links are provided as a courtesy to connect Florida residents with local Japan-related events and other opportunities. The Consulate General of Japan in Miami and the Japanese government does not necessarily endorse any of these websites over others with similar materials, and takes no responsibility for the content provided therein.

Events

Get the latest information on this month's Japanese festivals and local Japan-related events taking place in cities throughout Florida. Experience Japanese culture, food and much more!
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Sensory Sunday: Happy New Year!

Celebrate the New Year with a special traditional calligraphy demonstration and workshop by Kisen, this month's Sensory Guest Artist from Japan. In addition, the event will include a New Year's Postcard workshop, a Year of the Mouse Puppet art station, and a New Year Collaborative Wish Wall.


Every second Sunday of the month, the Young At Art Museum opens early at 10am for families of children with sensory integration sensitivities, however all are welcome to attend! Museum exhibits will be modified to be more sensory friendly. Activities in the museum are included with museum admission. 

January 12
10 AM - 12 PM
Young At Art Museum
Davie, FL

42nd Annual Oshogatsu Festival

New Year's is one of the most important and celebrated holidays in Japan. Enjoy traditional games and activities, taste Japanese cuisine, peruse products from vendors, and experience a traditional tea ceremony and open-air taiko and koto music performances.


Tickets can be purchased here

January 12
10 AM - 5 PM
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
Delray Beach, FL

Education

Interested in taking special courses in Japanese or related to Japan? Here we list upcoming educational opportunities available at schools and universities throughout Florida.
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Broward Virtual School Offers Online Japanese Courses Level I and II for Broward County Public Schools' 7-12th graders

 
  • These are high school credit courses.
  • You can take the class at home.
  • It is free.
 

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

 
  • your name
  • your school name/grade level
  • your email address
  • your phone number
  • your student number
 

Questions? E-mail: satoko.fisher@browardschools.com
or call Broward Virtual School:
(754) 321-6050

MDC Spring 2020 Japanese Courses
 

Japanese Level 1, 2, and 3
January 11 - March 7
Saturdays | 9 am - 1 pm

 

Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
Miami, FL

UWF Spring 2020 Japanese Language Courses

Personal Enrichment Courses (no credit)


Conversational Japanese I
February 12 - April 8
Wednesdays | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
UWF Building 71

Conversational Japanese III
January 30 - March 26
Thursdays |  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
UWF Building 71

Non-degree/Dual Enrollment Courses (for credit)

Japanese I
January 6 - May 2
Online Campus

Japanese I
January 6 - May 2
Thursdays | 10 am - 11:45 am
UWF Building 74, Room 103

Japanese II
January 6 - May 2
Thursdays | 1 pm - 2:45 pm
UWF Building 74, Room 103

  University of West Florida
Pensacola, FL
Asia Immersion in Japan - Summer Study Abroad

This program at Asia Pacific University (Ritsumeikan) in Beppu, Oita Prefecture is offered through Florida International University and is open to both FIU students and non-FIU students. No prior language experience is required.

JPN 3955 Foreign Study: Japan
July 7 - July 23
(All students will be required to enroll in this course, additional listings are optional)

JPN 1130 Japanese I
JPN 1131 Japanese II
JPN 4930 Special Topics in Japanese

  Questions? E-mail: 
mashava@fiu.edu
or call Dr. Asuka Mashav at:
(305) 348-6516

Films

Can't get enough of Japanese cinema? See the latest Anime and Japanese film screenings taking place in theaters throughout Florida!
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Weathering With You
 

The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if to suggest his future. Then one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong-willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky…

January 15, 16 Throughout Florida

Kusama: Infinity
 

This film chronicles artist Yayoi Kusama’s journey from a conservative upbringing in rural Japan to her brush with fame in America during the 1960s, where she rivaled Andy Warhol for press attention. There, without connections and speaking only broken English, she devoted herself to her one true love, making art. Now in her 90s, she has finally achieved international fame within the art world.

January 25
7 PM
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
Delray Beach, FL

Exhibitions

Find out more about exhibitions displaying Japanese works of art or artifacts in local art galleries, museums or fairs throughout Florida.
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Yayoi Kusama: All the Eternal Love I Have for Pumpkins


ICA Miami presents a special off-site exhibition of artist Yayoi Kusama’s All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins in the Miami Design District, marking the first time that one of Kusama’s signature “Infinity Mirror Rooms” will be on view in Miami.

The installation draws on several of the artists’ characteristic themes, including infinity, the sublime, and obsessive repetition. Free admission will be available every Thursday on a first come, first serve basis. Timed tickets will be available for Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for $15. Please click here for additional information regarding admission and location. 

Open until January 31, 2020 Institute of Contemporary Art Miami
Miami, FL

Tempus Fugit:: 光陰矢の如し:: Time Flies
 

The exhibition Tempus Fugit:: 光陰矢の如し:: Time Flies is a reflection on time and its many meanings. This broad concept has been applied to the Japanese art collections at the Harn Museum as an investigative tool to look at how time has been measured in the visual record, how art objects can portray several moments in time, and how artists experience time during the production of their work. The celebration of the natural world, through life cycles and the acknowledgment of mortality and the change of the seasons, is also a recurring theme in Japanese art and celebrated within this exhibition.

Objects in a range of media, from painted scrolls and religious sculpture to cloisonné, textiles, and woodblock prints, echo the pervasiveness of the passage of time in both sacred and secular contexts. Artists featured in the exhibition include Watanabe Shōtei (1851-1918), Namikawa Sōsuke (1847-1910), Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), Ishiyama Taihaku (1893-1961), and Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875). More than half of the works in the exhibition have never been on display and will be on view for the first time.

December 21, 2019 - December 12, 2021 Harn Museum of Art
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

Recurring Activities

Each month there are a number of meetups and club gatherings for activities related to Japan. Learn more about local groups in Florida that run these events.
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Miami Chapter
Ikebana International

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month (September-November and January-April).

11:30am - 2pm

Hibiscus Room at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Rd (S.W. 57th Ave.)
Naples Chapter
Ikebana International

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month (November through May).

9:30am - 11:30am

Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples, FL 34112
St. Petersburg Chapter
Ikebana International

Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month (September through May).

10am - 11:30am

Evans Hall at Chapel on the Hill
12601 126th St.
North Seminole, FL 33776

FL JETAA Tampa Tsudoi

 

An open social to meet people interested in Japan. Always the same time and place. No RSVP necessary! Tsudoi is the first Friday of each month from 7-8 pm (or later) at Jason's Deli in University Collection Shopping Plaza on the corner of Fowler and Bruce B. Downs (30th Street) near USF. Everyone is welcome. You don't need to speak Japanese or English to attend, but one of those is helpful. There's no agenda. It's just a casual time to meet others who share an interest in Japan. It's always the same place and time so you don't need to RSVP, just drop in. Stay for a minute or the whole time. Look for the little Japanese flag on the table.

Meetings are held on the first Friday of each month.
7pm - 9pm
Jason's Deli
2702 E Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL

Miami Coffee Kaiwa

 

This is a Japanese language conversation group for those wishing to improve their Japanese language skills, make friends, and meet people in the Miami area with interest in Japanese culture and language. Speakers of all skill levels are invited, and we encourage Japanese natives to come participate as well! Children and family of all ages are welcome. No RSVP is necessary unless it's stated for a special event. No agenda or attendance requirement – just a good attitude and willingness to learn! Usually takes place at Pasion del Cielo, 8915 SW 72nd place, Miami, FL (near Dadeland Mall). Location, date, and times may vary, so please contact for updates.

Last Saturday of the month.
3pm - 5pm
Pasion del Cielo
8915 SW 72nd place
Miami, FL
Contact

Sogetsu Florida Branch

 

Sogetsu Ikebana Class / All Levels @ Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

Wednesdays
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Please visit morikami.org for Registration

Miami Go Club

 

MGC mission is to spread go throughout South Florida. To inspire everyone to challenge their minds and encourage our youth to develop confidence with problem solving skills.

Every Saturday
12pm - 6pm
Miami Lakes Branch Library