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 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 in our newsletter.
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.

Education Opportunities

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

Refuge Neighborhoods: Service Hubs and Homelessness in the US and Japan - Southern Japan Seminar 2019

This year's Southern Japan Seminar (SJS) 2019, organized by Dr. Matthew Marr, is based on a prestigious Japan Foundation/CGP grant in collaboration with universities and organizations in Tokyo and Osaka as well as Miami and Los Angeles.

March 8, 2019
9am - 4pm

The Roots of Dōgen Studies: Symposium on the Life and Thought of Zen Master Dōgen

Join us for an exciting event featuring a group of specialists on Japanese or comparative religions who will discuss, from interdisciplinary perspectives, various textual, ritual and social influences in analyzing and assessing the life, literature and legacy of Zen master Dōgen, founder of the Sōtō sect in medieval Japan.

March 29, 2019
11am - 5:30pm

FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus
GC 355

AFTJ Speech and Skit Contests Spring 2019

Registration deadline: March 15, 2019

Locations:
(Miami) The 13th South Florida Speech and Skit Contest
Whitten Learning Center Room 170, Coral Gables, University of Miami

(St. Petersburg) The 13th Mid-Florida Speech and Skit Contest
Environmental Studies Sheen Auditorium, ES100, Eckerd College

(Pensacola) The 2nd West Florida Speech and Skit Contest
International Center (Building 71) Room 133, University of West Florida

2019 AFTJ Wakayama Japanese Video Speech Contest
Serveral of the best contestants identified at the AFTJ speech contests will participate in this video speech contest. The winner will be invited on a free trip to Wakayama, Japan.

OTHER CONTESTS:
2019 AFTJ Manga & Video Contest (Online) - Yonkoma Manga, Karaoke Video, and Promotional Video
Entry deadline: March 1, 2019
Submission deadline: March 14, 2019

April 6, 2019
1pm

Festivals and 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

Asian Culture Festival 2019

Festival

February 25
10am - 5pm
Fruit & Spice Park
24801 SW 187th Ave, Homestead, FL 33031

Japanese Performance Art: Water Color Painting & Caligraphy featuring visiting Japanese artists: Ai Kawamura and Koho Kurihara

For more info please visit:
https://www.spcollege.edu/events/lrma-hosts-japanese-performance-art-event
https://www.dfac.org/event/japanese-fusion-the-divine-feminine/

Annual Japanese Spring Festival

Festival

March 31, 2019
10am
Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Applications NOW OPEN for the 2019 TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program

Festival

Film Screenings

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

Aventura International Film Series: "Shoplifters"
Japanese Film

April 2
7:30pm
Aventura Arts & Cultural Center

Recurring Events

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

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.
TBA 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
12:00PM - 6:00PM
Miami Lakes Branch Library

Newsletter Archive

Our monthly e-newsletter offers the latest information and updates on Japan-related events, news, educational programs, and more available in Florida. To subscribe to our newsletter, please click here.

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