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.
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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

Study Abroad - Asia Immersion in Japan

This summer study abroad program provides a wonderful opportunity for immersion not only in Japanese culture but also in other Asian cultures. With almost half of the faculty and student body comprised of foreign nationals, from all over Asia and other parts of the world, Asia Pacific University (Ritsumeikan) has a truly international campus environment of cultural coexistence. One of the program's attractions is that APU students participate as "buddies" to help program participants. There are a few activities that can only be experienced through this program such as Hotsprings Tour and Farm Stay.

The program will be held at Asia Pacific University (Ritsumeikan) in Beppu. Beppu is a city located in Oita Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, which is situated between the sea and the mountains. It is one of Japan's most famous hot springs (onsen) resorts, producing more onsen water than any other resort in the country. Students can enjoy various types of baths including ordinary hot water baths, mud baths, sand baths, and steam baths. Students will live in student housing provided by Asia Pacific University (Ritsumeikan).

For more information, please contact Professor Asuka Mashav at mashava@fiu.edu

 

Questions? E-mail: mashava@fiu.edu

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!
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Japanese New Year Celebration 2019
The Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida will usher in the “Year of the Boar” with its 25th annual Japanese New Year Celebration. Festivities will include performances by the popular Matsuriza taiko drummers, martial arts demonstrations, traditional Japanese dancing, music, food vendors, and other cultural displays. A silent auction will also be held, and ticket holders are automatically eligible for door prize drawings. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for students, $4 for active-duty military, and free for Japan-America Society members and children 12 and under. Advance tickets are available from Sake Cafe. The Wright Place is located at 80 E. Wright St. and is part of the First United Methodist Church complex. In addition to street parking, there are several lots adjacent to the church that are available for this event. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

January 12
Noon - 4pm
Wright Place
80 E Wright St
Pensacola, FL 32501

Oshogatsu: A New Year's Celebration
Festival

January 13
10am - 5pm
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach, FL 33446

Winter Festival at Ichimura Miami Japanese Garden
Festival

January 13
9am - 5pm
Ichimura Miami Japanese Garden
1101 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL 33139

The Consulate-General of Japan in Miami presents a series of lectures by renowned Japanese pottery artist Ohi Toshio Chozaemon XI on Wednesday, January 23.

Mr. Ohi will host “The Spirit of Japanese Craftsmanship (Kogei) and Tea Ceremony” at 10 a.m. at Florida International University, located in the College of Business room CBC R233 at 11200 S.W. 8th Street in Miami, and at 3:30 p.m. at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, located at 4000 Morikami Park Road in Delray Beach. Admission to the lecture at FIU is free. The lecture at Morikami is free with paid museum admission.

Born in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Mr. Ohi is the 11th generation in a family of potters known for “Ohi Yaki” pottery, a traditional style of Raku ware dating back more than 350 years. Raku is a type of pottery customarily used in Japanese tea ceremonies. Therefore, most “Ohi Yaki” consists of tea utensils and bowls.

The Ohi method of pottery-making involves using soft clay soil, shaping the piece by hand, coating with a ceramic glaze and firing in a kiln at low temperatures. The pieces are often removed from the kiln while still glowing hot and then allowed to cool in the open air, resulting in fairly porous vessels. The final distinctive glaze is meant to contrast with the powdered green tea used in tea ceremonies.

In conjunction with “The Spirit of Japanese Craftsmanship (Kogei) and Tea Ceremony” at FIU and Morikami, Mr. Ohi will lead two full-day, hands-on pottery workshops at the Ceramic League of Miami on January 21 and 22. Both workshops are sold out.

Mr. Ohi is a proponent of Kogei, a highly-regarded Japanese art form that combines form and function, bringing beauty to everyday objects such as ceramics, lacquer designs, silk fabrics and more. Ohi transcends the physical and cultural boundaries of Kogei by promoting its discourse beyond Japan through his partnerships with universities, cultural organizations and ceramic programs around the world.

January 23  

The Language of Flowers; An Ikebana Auction to Support Families of the Parkland Tragedy

On January 19, 2019, the Ikebana International Miami Chapter 131 is honored to join with Master Ceramicist James Herring and his colleagues from around the United States in an auction themed, “the Language of Flowers” at the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave, beginning at 6 pm and running until 9 pm. The public is invited to attend this fundraiser to support Parkland Cares whose mission is to provide immediate and long-term funding and awareness for mental health counseling for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivors, their families and the community-at-large. See a link to their website here: parklandcares.org

Mr. Herring‘s concept of auctioning seventeen unique ceramic vases with ikebana arrangements is the first project of its kind, pairing an ikebana chapter with ceramicists, for this purpose. He has enlisted the talents of ceramicists from around the country to create these seventeen unique vases, in honor of the seventeen Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S. students and teachers who died on Feb 14, 2018 in a school shooting. Mr. Herring hopes that this project can serve as a model for the nation. He plans to promote this concept at the 2020 National Ceramic Convention in Richmond, VA.

On March 30, 2019, the I.I. Miami Chapter 131 will be celebrating its 50th anniversary at the Pinecrest Gardens with events open to the public. We also invite you to join us in this celebration. Over the years, our chapter members have been sharing their love of ikebana and other aspects of Japanese culture throughout the South Florida community, living the motto of “Friendship through Flowers.” Ikebana, the Japanese art of floral design and arrangement, dates to the 6th century and is one of the most important cultural elements that is uniquely Japanese. Ikebana International (I.I.) founded in 1956 has the objective of promoting mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and other countries through the introduction of ikebana and related Japanese traditional and cultural arts to such countries. We encourage you to learn about our Miami Chapter 131 at our website, www.ikebanamiami.org.

January 19  

Film Screenings

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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"Dragon Ball Super: Broly"
Anime Film

January 16 Throughout Florida

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.
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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

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