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

Please mark your calendar now 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 this year in Savannah, Georgia, 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, top officials from the region and Japan will attend, including senior business, government, and economic development leaders from both Japan and the Southeast U.S. member states, with total attendance projected at 500- 600 participants. The program will include remarks and presentations by top business 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 20, immediately prior to a welcome reception for all participating SEUS and Japan delegates. The meeting will provide a unique opportunity for delegates to renew, expand and develop business and friendship ties with Japan’s top business and economic development leaders.

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.

Call for Artists: Anime Art Show

Join us for an Anime inspired art show. $10 submission fee per artist, unlimited pieces, no size restrictions. Artwork can be framed or unframed. However you feel your work is best displayed. Sculpture, 3D art, and digital artwork welcome as well. Art Drop Off Days: Monday June 3 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Tuesday June 4 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Wednesday June 5 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Beer, wine, sodas, and water available at the show for donation. Contributing artists' drinks are complimentary.

June 8
7pm - 11pm
Kaleidoscope Venue For The Arts
Longwood, FL

Kite Flying Fun for Everyone at Morikami Museum and Gardens

There are hundreds of kinds of kites in Japan, with each region of the country having their own, specific style of traditional kites. Join us in the tradition by flying your own kite or making Japanese "orizome" (dyed) kites with Mr. Toki Mikio in one of our workshops.

June 15 - 16
7pm
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Delray Beach, FL

Tampa Natsu Matsuri Japanese Summer Festival

Tampa Natsu Matsuri is Tampa's only Japanese Summer Festival. Created by & for those interested in Japanese culture in the Tampa area. For over a decade now, our not-for-profit community organization has been hosting this authentic Japanese Summer Festival, which has grown in size & popularity each year. Recently we moved the event to the evening, making it even more typical of those in Japan. Admission & parking are free. Tickets are sold for games & activities for a modest fee. Proceeds fund next year's event & Japan-related charitable programs. The festival features Japanese cultural displays, art, games, exhibits, activities, martial arts, music, clothing & a growing sampling of anime/manga & cosplay. Vendors typically include food/drink, hand-made items, books, toys, etc. Marty, Kim & Michael Quire run the popular "Sumo Toss" kids game & look forward to seeing you at the festival each year.

June 22
6pm - 9pm
Christ the King Catholic Church
Tampa, 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 6 different Sakes. This course is the first Level of the Sake Sommelier Association Programme and participants will receive an official certificate for their attendance. Florida Wine Academy is an Approved Course Provider for the Sake Sommelier Association. The educator for this course is William Macedo.

June 25
6pm - 9pm
Florida Wine Academy
Miami, 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

Japanese Traditional Music Program Summer 2019


The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens established a yearly Japanese traditional music education program in 2017 aimed at the general public and school children. This groundbreaking program includes hands-on workshops and a youth music camp. Program content includes practical instruction on the Japanese shakuhachi and the 13-string koto for both children (grades 3-12) and adults. In addition, the program will feature special classes on Japanese music theory and history, culture, and an introduction to Japanese traditional arts. Led by Dr. Joseph Gashō Amato, coordinator of the program and koto teacher, the faculty also includes ethnomusicologist and shakuhachi performer Professor Christopher Yohmei Blasdel and Morikami Education Staff. The Japanese Traditional Music Program was proudly supported through special grants received from the Toshiba International Foundation, Japan Foundation, JM Family Enterprises, Inc. and the Morikami Wisdom Ring Members.

Youth Summer Music & Culture Camp
June 24 - 28
9 am - 4 pm

Guest Artist Workshops: Japanese Traditional Music
June 22 - 23
9 am - 12:30 pm (Beginners), 1:30 pm - 5 pm (Intermediate)
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Delray Beach, FL

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

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

"Van Gogh and Japan"


Van Gogh & Japan journeys from the critically acclaimed exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, to the beauty of Provence and the enigma of Japan itself. Featuring Van Gogh’s personal letters and written accounts by friends and contemporaries this extraordinary and moving film reveals the fascinating story of Van Gogh’s little-known deep connection to Japanese art, despite never travelling to Japan himself, and the role it has in understanding his most iconic works. As well as investigating the expression of Van Gogh’s ‘japonisme’, the film explores how Japanese society have developed an affinity to Van Gogh’s work as a result of his engagement with their culture. Featuring insights from contemporary artists, including calligrapher Tomoko Kawao and performance artist Tatsumi Orimoto, Van Gogh & Japan provides revealing and modern perspectives on the rich, symbiotic relationship between Van Gogh and Japan.

June 4
7pm
Tower Theater
Miami, FL

"Whisper of the Heart"


A chance encounter with a mysterious cat sends Shizuku, a quiet schoolgirl, on a quest for her true talent. Together with Seiji, a boy determined to follow his dreams, and enchanted by The Baron, a magical cat figurine who helps her listen to the whispers of her heart, Shizuku embarks on a life-changing adventure that takes her beyond the boundaries of her imagination. This beautiful tale based on a screenplay from Hayao Miyazaki will delight and amaze audiences of all ages!

July 1 - 2
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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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