Calendar of Events

2018/3/1
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

30th Annual Asian Culture Festival

The Asian Culture Festival offers a virtual day trip to Asia. Festivalgoers will enjoy a variety of Asian arts, crafts, entertainment, plants, and exotic cuisine. Highlights include folk dances, classical music, and arts demonstrations from different Asian countries.

March 7 - 8
10 AM - 5 PM
Fruit and Spice Park
Homestead, FL

Pokemon Artist Mitsuhiro Arita - Drawing Demo

Enjoy a live drawing demo by illustrator, designer, and concept artist Mitsuhiro Arita. Mr. Arita's works have been featured in popular series such as Final Fantasy XI & XIV, Pokemon Trading Card Game, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc, and more! This event is free, and will have an introduction and Q&A session followed by an autograph session (limited to one item per person - must be addressed).  

March 11
11 AM - 2 PM
Florida International University SASC 160
Miami, FL

Southern Japan Seminar 2020

The Southern Japan Seminar (SJS) promotes the research and educational activities of Japan-related scholars in the Southeastern United States. Drawing upon the strengths and needs of regional Japan studies, SJS fosters critical inquiry, multi-disciplinary discussion, and the dissemination of knowledge, concerning all Japan-related topics, both theoretical and practical. This event is free and open to the public.

CANCELLED

March 27
9 AM - 3 PM
FIU Modesto A. Maidique, MARC Pavillion
Miami, FL

Japanese Spring Festival

The Japanese Spring Festival invites guests to experience Japanese culture firsthand through interactive and immersive encounters including thundering performances of taiko drumming by Fushu Daiko, ikebana floral design workshops, traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, hands-on origami lessons and a Japanese marketplace. The consulate is sponsoring special guests from Kashimon Dojo, who will be performing a demonstration of kyudo, traditional Japanese archery. A family-friendly event, the Japanese Spring Festival also offers a children’s corner featuring storytelling and arts and crafts.

CANCELLED

March 29
10 AM - 4 PM
Miami Beach Botanical Garden
Miami 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

MDC Spring 2020 Japanese Courses
 

Japanese Level 1 & 2
March 21 - May 9
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
March 18 (6 weeks)
Instructor-led, online course

  University of West Florida
Pensacola, FL

JASSO 2019-2020 Student Guide to Japan

The Japan Student Services Organization's most recent Student Guide to Japan, which includes information on degree programs, scholarships, employment, living costs, and more, is now available.

   

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

Tokyo Godfathers
 

The acclaimed holiday classic from master director Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Perfect Blue), returns to theaters in a brand-new restoration. In modern-day Tokyo, three homeless people’s lives are changed forever when they discover a baby girl at a garbage dump on Christmas Eve. As the New Year fast approaches, these three forgotten members of society band together to solve the mystery of the abandoned child and the fate of her parents. Tokyo Godfathers is a heartfelt, hilarious and highly original masterpiece, which tells a tale of hope and redemption in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

March 9 & 11 Throughout Florida

Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna
 

Tai is now a university student, living alone, working hard at school, and working every day, but with his future still undecided. Meanwhile, Matt and others continue to work on Digimon incidents and activities that help people with their partner Digimon. When an unprecedented phenomenon occurs, the DigiDestined discover that when they grow up, their relationship with their partner Digimon will come closer to an end.

March 25
 
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

Anime Architecture
 

The Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens is the only U.S. venue hosting this special exhibition, which traces the architectural world-building process of Japan’s most influential animated science fiction films.


More than 100 works on exhibit include clips of Patlabor: The Movie, Tezuka Osamu’s Metropolis, Ghost in the Shell, and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. Among the beautiful hand-illustrations are works by famous animators: Ogura Hiromasa, Watabe Takashi, Higami Haruhiko, Oshii Mamoru and Takeuchi Atsushi. 

Open until April 3, 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.
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