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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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.

13th Annual Pensacola BonFest

Based on the Obon festivals of Japan, BonFest Pensacola features authentic Japanese food, cultural performances and fun activities for guests of all ages. Headlining the event is EPCOT’s Matsuriza Taiko Drummers, who will give a dynamic and exciting performance while audience members drum along. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a Bon Odori dance competition, browse through a variety of Japanese arts and crafts for sale, see performances by the Miyabi Dancers and Emerald Coast Okinawa, and join the Kid’s Mikoshi Parade, where participants experience the Japanese ritual of carrying a portable Shinto shrine. BonFest Pensacola is sponsored by IACE Travel, HMB Services, University of West Florida Japan House, the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami, The Eye Trust, Japan Language & Culture Community Group, Hilton Garden Inn and Play Pensacola Neighborhood Services.

September 7
12 PM - 4 PM
Booker T. Washington High School
Pensacola, FL

JUMP in Pensacola: National Naval Aviation Museum

 

This event will be free and open to the public. The event includes base reunions for U.S. service members who served in Japan, as well as Japanese cultural presentations and a reception on the USS Cabot flight deck.

September 21
1pm - 4pm
National Naval Aviation Museum
Pensacola, FL

Moon Viewing Festival presented by Clearwater Sister Cities, Inc.

 

Join Clearwater Sister Cities, Inc as we celebrate the Autumn Moon! Experience Japanese culture by trying on a yukata, making a lantern, or watching an Aikido martial arts demonstration. Outside, telescopes will be set up so you can see the moon in high detail! Purchase Japanese candy, browse the International Sale, participate in our 50/50 drawing! All funds raised at this event will help CSCI continue to provide cultural exchange programming for the Clearwater community! Entry is a suggested $2.00 per person.

September 7
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Moccasin Lake Nature Park
Clearwater, FL

Intro to Japanese Whiskey featuring Fukano (Stirling Rd)

 

Founded in 1823, Fukano Distillery is located in Hitoyoshi City, of the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan on the island of Kyushu. Hitoyoshi is surrounded by mountains and is known for its pure water and nature. Shigeruriku Fukano is the fifth generation of his family to run the distillery. They use a combination of malted and un-malted rice to make their whisky in a pot still. These releases are very limited in nature and only a few casks are bottled each year. For 2016 they have released a few single new oak casks and also one white label marriage of sherry and new oak casks. Come out and join us at Primo Liquors & Fine Wine as we take you through an exclusive intro to Japanese Whiskey. Knowledge is power.

September 6
6pm - 9pm
Primo Liquors
Davie, FL

Magatama Necklace - Family Fun Day

 

Take a glimpse into ancient Japan and learn about magatama beads. Make your own magatama necklace to wear home!

September 7
12pm - 3pm
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
Delray Beach, FL

PopRamen

 

Jeremiah Bullfrog presents PopRamen! A ramen battle featuring the best local bowl slugging it out to see who will be crowned thee Pop Ramen. Each participating chef creates a unique spin on Japan’s beloved noodle bowl, whether hot or cold, wet or dry, no rules with Ramen. A panel of celebrity judges will rate based on flavor, presentation, creativity and execution. In addition to the judges scoring the crowd will cast it’s vote for their favorites as well.

September 22
4pm - 7pm
Palm Court
Miami, FL

Urasenke Tea Ceremony at Kashimon Dojo

 

The Kashimon Dojo has built a traditional Japanese 6.5 tatami tea room with tokonoma and nijiri-guchi to host Tea Ceremony Classes and certification. Classes are beginning in October 2019 and will be held every 2 months. The Aim of this course of study is licensure of the various levels of Tea Ceremony. Class size is limited-Sign up today! The study of chado will help students not only to broaden their understanding of Japanese culture, but also to enrich their daily lives by providing values that are very much needed in today's world. These include consideration and thoughtfulness for others; awareness of nature and the seasons; and the cultivation of discretion, gracefulness, and a spirit of hospitality. The certification coursework will be composed of week long or weekend intensives at various times per year in order to reach a tenable level.

October 20 Kashimon Dojo
Eustis, FL

Lantern Festival Spirit of Obon

 

Join us for 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.

October 19
3pm - 8pm
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.
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
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

2019 Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

 

Registration closes at 9 pm EST on Monday, September 30. The next chance to take the JLPT in the U.S. will be December 1.

 

Miami, FL

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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The Secret World of Arrietty

 

From the creators of Spirited Away and Ponyo, and Academy Award-nominated director Hiromasa Yonebayashi, comes a gorgeous and adventure-filled adaptation of The Borrowers, one of the most beloved children's books of all time. In a secret world hidden beneath the floorboards, little people called Borrowers live out of sight of humans. But when brave and tiny Arrietty is out gathering supplies, she is discovered by Shawn, a human boy, and they begin to form a friendship that blossoms into an extraordinary adventure. This sumptuously animated and heartwarming story features the voices of Bridgit Mendler, David Henrie, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Moises Arias and Carol Burnett.

September 29, 30
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.
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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

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