On Friday, August 3, several of our Florida alumni joined the outgoing group of JETs for Pre-Departure Orientation. Wendy Lo, Allan Mordetsky, and Bryan Barber gave presentations to the group, preparing the 52 new JETs leaving from Miami to Japan the following day. Also in attendance at the Consulate’s reception was Lauren Sorondo (JETAA-FL President & JET Coordinator) and Kyle Litow (JETAA-FL Secretary), as well as many other alumni.
From September 2017, when the JET application process began, to the Pre-departure Orientation, JET Coordinator Lauren Sorondo played a major part in guiding these individuals to their new roles of cultural exchange. With the support of the Consulate General of Japan in Miami, they were well prepared to represent Florida on the JET Program.
PRESENTED BY THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF JAPAN IN MIAMI
“WAY OF THE NINJA”
“WAY OF THE NINJA” delivers an authentic NINJA performance with the use of actual weapons such as a shuriken, kusarigama, and Japanese swords. TOMONOSUKE, a descendant of the ancient IGA NINJA clan, has performed all over the world with the purpose of introducing the skills of the IGA style of NINJA arts. Audiences will also learn more about the background of NINJA in JAPAN in this exciting display. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime experience to meet a NINJA and see them in action!
ADMISSION IS FREE
Co-sponsored by FIU Asian Studies Program
TIME: 10:45 am
LOCATION: The Herbert & Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center
Looking for help with the Tampa Natsumatsuri (Sat. 6/23)!
This #FREE Japanese festival is organized by JET Alumni from central Florida, but you don’t have to be Alumni to be a part of the festival! Help is needed to run game booths. We are also looking for people to join a Festival Committee to plan next year’s Natsumatsuri. Sponsored by the Florida JET Alumni Association (non-profit) and the Consulate General of Japan in Miami!
Please contact Festival Director Tom Gregorich if you would like to volunteer.
Did you know that the Florida JETAA Natsumatsuri in Tampa has is our largest event each year? What started 13 years ago as a small, local festival run by former JETs has turned into a huge community event that draws over 800 guests! Most importantly, it remains a FREE community event run by volunteers.
After 13 years, John McGee and his family, who spearheaded and led Tampa Natsumatsuri, are returning to Japan. We are sad to see them go, but are excited for a chance to see the festival grow with a newly established Festival Committee under the leadership of Festival Director Tom Gregorich. You don’t have to live in Tampa to participate!
June 23, 2018 | Tampa Natsumatsuri | Tampa, FL, Christ the King Church, 821 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa
Our 2018 flyer is up and ready. About a month and a half to the festival. Join us for this celebration of Japanese culture on a Florida summer evening. Bring the family and enjoy the many vendors, presenters and games. It’s a great time and you’ll be part of an awesome community of friends of Japan.
We’re still looking for volunteers. If you are available to chip in with set-up, break down or during the event, your help is much appreciated! Please contact Tom Gregorich (Orlando@floridajetaa.org).
Description: This is a free community event. This event provides children a variety of Japanese cultural activities including yo-yo catching game, origami, face painting, flower arrangement, tea ceremony, mini language workshop, mochi (sticky rice) sampling, Okinawa taiko and Karate performance, etc.
There will be koi-fish coloring contests for little children, Japanese brush writing contest for older children and costume contest for all children. There will be food vendors offering various Japanese dishes and sweets. If you have any questions, or are interested in volunteering, please contact Ms. Takami Taylor at email@example.com.