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!
Link and Description Date and Time Location and More

SEUS / Japan 42nd Annual Joint Meeting Announcement

You are invited to register as a Florida Delegate for the 42nd Annual Joint Meeting of the Southeast U.S./Japan and Japan-U.S. Southeast Associations. This important annual joint meeting program will be held in Savannah, Georgia this coming October 20-23 at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. Governor Ron DeSantis has been invited to officially lead our Florida Delegation to this prestigious event. In addition to the SEUS member state governors/head of delegations, senior officials of the U.S. and Japan are expected to attend, with total attendance projected at 450-500 participants. The program will include remarks and presentations by top business, economic development and government leaders, representing the most significant aspects of the economic relationship as well as ties of tourism, education, culture and friendship between the seven Southeast U.S. member states and Japan. Japan’s Ambassador to the U.S. is expected to serve as the keynote speaker. Florida Delegation will hold its annual meeting of members in conjunction with the joint meeting on the afternoon of October 21, immediately prior to a welcome reception for all participating SEUS and Japan delegates. Also, Florida –based Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, is offering a tour of its facility in Savannah for registered delegates as part of this year’s program. This annual joint meeting provides a truly unique opportunity for delegates to renew, expand and develop business, government and friendship ties with Japan’s very top business and economic development leaders. Anyone interested in attending may contact us by phone (786-235-8289), email (info@fl-seusjapan.org) or visit us online at: www.fl-seusjapan.org. Discounted ‘early bird’ registration is open now through August 30.

October 20 - 23 Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
Savannah, GA
For more details and info, contact us by phone at 786-235-8289, e-mail at info@fl-seusjapan.org or visit us online at: www.fl-seusjapan.org.

Youth Calligraphy: Mini-Workshop

Learn how to write your name and some Japanese words with ink and brush, two traditional calligraphy writing implements in this hands-on workshop.

August 3
11:30am - 12:30pm or 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Delray Beach, FL

Youth Block Printing: Mini-Workshop


Japan has a long, rich history of woodblock printing, called mokuhanga, dating back to the 11th century. The ukiyo-e genre of block prints flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries. The Morikami is offering a workshop with a modern twist on this ancient art form, carving and printing linoleum blocks to create unique and exciting imagery. Each participant will carve and print a 8”x10” linoblock. All materials will be provided, and the technique will be easy for beginners while also challenging enough for advanced artists. Brian Reedy has been making block prints for over 25 years, and has taught this skill to students of all ages. It is a fun, unique and satisfying technique that anyone can enjoy. Instructor Brian Reedy has been teaching this method for over 20 years, and offers an approach that is easily accessible for beginners, yet challenging for seasoned artists. Printing inks can stain clothes, so dress appropriately.

August 10
10:30am - 11:30am
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Delray Beach, FL

Bonsai Weekend


Fascinated by the Japanese art of bonsai? See dozens of incredible miniature trees at this event organized by Bonsai Society of Brevard. A bonsai care demonstration will take place at 1 pm on both days. Included with Zoo admission. Click here to register for Saturday’s bonsai workshop (open to all ages; children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by a paid adult).

August 10
10:30am - 11:30am
Brevard Zoo
Melbourne, FL

Global Real Estate Council Business Meeting: Australia & Japan


Being considerably close, substantial and driven by mutual interests, Australia and Japan have close ties with the Western world. In recent times, relations between the two nations have expanded beyond strong economic and commercial links to other spheres, including culture, tourism, and more. Join us to learn how you can expand your real estate network and do business with Australia and Japan.

August 14
2pm - 4:30pm
Orlando Regional Realtor Association
Orlando, FL

Introductory Sake Professional Course


The Introductory Sake Professional course is a unique opportunity for professionals and enthusiasts to begin or further their understanding of one of the world’s most complex and enigmatic beverages. From its origins, history, and etiquette to ingredients and production, you will learn about and taste 8 different Sakes.

August 22
6pm - 8:30pm
Florida Wine Academy
Miami, FL

Anime Festival Orlando


The Introductory Sake Professional course is a unique opportunity for professionals and enthusiasts to begin or further their understanding of one of the world’s most complex and enigmatic beverages. From its origins, history, and etiquette to ingredients and production, you will learn about and taste 8 different Sakes.

August 9 - 11
10:30am - 11:30am
Wyndham Orlando Resort
Orlando, 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.
Link and Description Date and Time Location and More

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

UWF Fall 2019 Japanese Language and Culture Courses


Conversational Japanese I
August 8 - September 26
Thursdays | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Conversational Japanese II
October 3 - November 21
Thursdays | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Let's Learn Japanese: Hirgana, Katakana and Kanji Writing
September 4 - October 23
Wednesdays | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


 

University of West Floirda
Pensacola, FL

UWF Fall 2019 Japanese Classes for Children


Beginner's Japanese for Children
August 24 - December 7
Saturdays | 2 pm - 3 pm

Intermediate and Advanced Japanese for Children
August 24 - December 7
Saturdays | 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm


 

University of West Floirda
Pensacola, FL

Films

Can't get enough of Japanese cinema? See the latest Anime and Japanese film screenings taking place in theaters throughout Florida!
Link and Description Date and Time Location and More

My Neighbor Totoro


From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away and Ponyo, and Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, comes a classic tale of magic and adventure for the whole family.

August 25, 26, 28
7pm
Throughout Florida

Exhibitions

Find out more about exhibitions displaying Japanese works of art or artifacts in local art galleries, museums or fairs throughout Florida.
Link and Description Date and Time Location and More

Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami


Origami (“paper folding”), has evolved from a Japanese craft and ceremonial tradition into a highly expressive, global art form that even has scientific applications. Today, artists from all over the world are folding paper into increasingly elaborate and provocative sculptural works, while scientists and mathematicians are using origami to help unlock the mysteries of the universe. Above the Fold demonstrates the extraordinary power and potential of contemporary origami. Paper is transformed into breathtaking sculpture, large-scale installations and conceptual works that express contemporary social, political, and aesthetic ideas. Visionary master folders—such as Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine (Canada/USA), Vincent Floderer (France), Miri Golan (Israel), Paul Jackson (UK/Israel), Dr. Robert J. Lang (USA), Sipho Mabona (Switzerland/South Africa), Yuko Nishimura (Japan), and Richard Sweeney (UK)—push the boundaries of paper as a medium for creating bold and sophisticated works. The exhibition celebrates these artists who are redefining a traditional Japanese craft as a modern global genre and inventing unexpected forms of artistic expression. Above the Fold is curated by Meher McArthur and tour organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

June 22 - September 29 MMuseum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, FL

Falling Water, Soaring Kites


In "Falling Water, Soaring Kites" the Morikami Museum explores the idea of transformative experiences by highlighting two aspects of Japanese culture that have inspired devotion to ritual, profound poetry, and sublime paintings since the tenth century: the veneration of waterfalls and the art of the humble kite. These seemingly disparate phenomena are actually connected through deeply felt belief systems that include a world of animate and inanimate objects inhabited by the gods. To stand in awe of a vertical wall of water one hundred meters tall or watch with joy as a beautifully decorated kite dances and soars ever higher captures the imagination and holds promise for a transcendent moment, both physical and spiritual. Drawn from the Museum’s Permanent Collection, this exhibition features a selection of 19th and 20th century prints, paintings, and lacquerware depicting celebrated waterfalls accompanied by a delightful array of bold, colorful kites.

May 4 - August 11 Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

Outside Inside – A Century of East Asian Landscapes 1900s-2000s


For millennia, the subject of landscape has occupied a special place in East Asian artistic traditions. This exhibition will highlight the transition to modernity, and how urbanization affects and/or complements the natural world. With objects from China, Japan, and Korea, this exhibition reflects on how artists viewed their respective nations’ relationship with the natural landscape and the rise of urban centers. Themes include real and imagined landscapes, the body as landscape, cityscapes, seasons of change, and political histories centered around geography and place.

Open until
December 1
Harn Museum of Art
University of Florida

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.
Link and Description Date and Time Location and More
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