Events Update!

cool-japan-2016Check out many of the exciting events coming up in the next month!

02/25/2016 – Nihongo de OK, 6-7 PM (Tampa)

The second Nihongo de OK Japanese language only event is scheduled for Thursday 2/25 from 6-7pm. It’s an informal opportunity for learners of Japanese and those who speak Japanese as a second language to use Japanese. RSVP to John at tampakumi [at] for the location details.

02/27-02/28/2016 – COOL Japan, 12pm-5pm (Miami)

A FREE, family-friendly two-day event dedicated to Japanese Traditional & Pop Culture! Play games or participate in the contests to with prizes, drink tea and listen to J-pop or Taiko drumming. A few members of JETAA in Miami will be running a table on Sunday (02/28) about the JET Program and the awesome JETAA support network!

02/27/2016 – Miami Coffee 会話 (Kaiwa), 5pm – 7pm

A casual Japanese conversation meeting. Native Japanese and speakers of all proficiency levels are welcome. Contact Lauren at for more information.

03/03/2016 – Tampa Japanese Conversation Table

A Japanese conversation practice event! All levels are welcome, but come prepared to speak ONLY in Japanese. Contact John at for more information.

03/04/2016 – Tampa Tsudoi, 7pm – 9pm

Just a time to meet some people who share an interest in Japan. Both Japanese and English are spoken. Contact John at for more information.

03/05-06/2016 – 26th Annual Asian Culture Festival (Miami), 10am-6pm

An annual festival at the Fruit and Spice Park celebrating Asian culture. Come enjoy crafts, art, and exotic music and dance, as well as a tasty selection of authentic Eastern cuisine. Some Miami JET Alumni will be sharing information about the JET Program at CGJ Miami’s tent. Showcasing Japan, there will be an origami and shodo corner, an Ikebana demonstration, and taiko perforances!

Admission: $12 per person; Children Ages 6–12: $5

MIAMI: Monthly Coffee Kaiwa, April 25, 2015

This Saturday 4/25 we will be having the monthly Coffee 会話 (かいわ).

We will be meeting at Pasion del Cielo (coffee shop) at Downtown Dadeland to practice Japanese.

People of all skill levels are welcome, so long as you come ready to practice and have fun!



2015 – JETAA March/April Conversation Meetups

03/28/2015: 第三Coffee会話 in Miami

Come join us and practice Japanese at our third Coffee会話!While the rain washed out our picnic last month, We’ll be trying again this month. This time, however, Japanese is mandatory! People using English will have to participate in a バツゲーム。







04/03/2015: Tampa Tsudoi

Always held the first Friday of the month from 7pm – 9pm – McAlisters Deli at 11402 North 30th Street.  Everyone is welcome.  Just look for the group with a little Japanese flag on the table.  There’s no agenda and you can come and go as you please.  It’s just a time to meet some people who share an interest in Japan. Contact for more information or to be notified each month by email.

PRESS RELEASE: Kimono Fashion Show March 22, 2015


Kimono Fashion Show


Miami Beach, Florida – The Consulate General of Japan in Miami proudly presents a Japanese Kimono Fashion Show featuring Ms. Hiromi Asai, owner of Kimono Hiro in Florida.

The fashion show will feature 12 ensembles, designed by Hiromi Asai, whose kimonos are featured in Vogue, in national television ads by Verizon Wireless, and New York Fashion Week.  She will also talk on the history of Kimonos and “the Coming of Age Ceremony” and present the material they are made of to educate the audience on the process of creating and wearing a kimono.

The Kimonos are unique in the way that they are traditional yet modern.  Ms. Asai believes that the kimono will be recognized as a universal formal wear that is beyond cultural and ethnic boundaries.

This event is co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan in Miami and Miami Beach Botanical Garden.

The media is welcome to attend this event.  Please contact the Consulate General of Japan in Miami for details.



Date: Sunday, March 22, 2015              

Time: 1:00pm~2:00pm

Location: Miami Beach Botanical Garden

2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Contact: Miwako Patton

(305)530-9090 ext.142

2014 Florida JETAA Annual Bonenkai

Dear JETAA members,

It’s that time of the year for our annual JETAA Bonenkai!

This year’s JETAA Bonenkai will be once again held at Sekita-san’s restaurant, Koume in Plantation (just outside of Miami). Sekita-san was once the former JET coordinator for the Japanese Consulate and helped many of us get into the JET program. He makes delicious food and is an awesome host!

The agenda is to network and meet new and old JET alumni and build a stronger JETAA community in Florida to foster cultural exchange with the US and Japan.

This will be a pre-set meal of $20 per person, which involves several courses: soup, salad, appetizers, sushi, other dishes and desert. That is a lot of food for that amount of money especially since Japanese food is so expensive. Each year, he surprises us with a unique menu.

The cost of drinks and tip are not included into the deal, so that would be paid separately by you.

Location: Koume Japanese Restaurant

11905 W. Sunrise Blvd.
Plantation, FL. 33323
Tel: 954-577-9277
(located in the Petsmart Plaza)

Date: December 20, 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 6:15pm

Reserve your spot at:

Please RSVP to Wendy. The deadline to RSVP is Dec. 13th. Tell us if you are bringing a guest. Purchasing a ticket secures your spot for the event. If you have dietary restrictions or allergies you must inform us by Dec 16th or else the restaurant will not be able to accommodate you.

You must pay in advance and you cannot bring a surprise guest the day of the event. Please let us know ahead of time if you are bringing a guest and pay in advance for them as well.

Sekita-san’s restaurant is small, so space is limited. He also asks that you arrive on time, because food will be served promptly as scheduled. Think of this as Japan, be on time.
If you RSVP and later cannot make it, please have the courtesy and let us know by Dec. 16th, because once we give the final numbers to Sekita-san we end up paying for the person who doesn’t show up. In other words no refunds of your pre-payment. It will be considered as a donation to the FL-JETAA fund.

Hope to see you there!
Wendy Lo
FL-JETAA, S. Florida Regional Rep.
(Toyama, ALT 2002-2005)

Tampa Natsumatsuri 2014

We invite you all to attend our biggest annual event, the Tampa Natsumatsuri! Come for Japanese games, food, auction, and sales of arts & crafts, books, and more! The festival will be held on 6/14/2014 from 9 AM to 12 PM at 821 S Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, Florida. Free!

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11th Annual Florida-Japan Summit

Presented by SEUS/Japan Assoc. in partnership and hosted by The Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens



MAY 19, 2014

FLORIDA DELEGATION, SOUTHEAST U.S./JAPAN ASSOCIATION (‘SEUS/JAPAN’) is pleased to announce that Florida Secretary of State Kenneth Detzner has confirmed his plans to participate, along with Japanese Consul General Shinji Nagashima, in the 11th Annual Florida-Japan Summit this year hosted by and presented in partnership with The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, FL, on the afternoon of Monday, May 19, 2014 from 1:45 – 4:45 pm. The half day program will feature keynote remarks by Consul General Nagashima of the Consulate General in Miami.

In addition to the half-day summit program on the afternoon of May 19, a networking reception will be held immediately following on the evening of Monday May 19, from 5:00-6:30 PM at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens as well for all registered participants. The reception will include special remarks by a Wakayama, Japan government official regarding the upcoming 20th anniversary of the State of Florida’s official sister state relationship with Wakayama. Registration and admission to this year’s Summit is $25, which includes a Japanese ‘Bento’ box lunch available prior to the summit program and participants will have the option for a self-tour of the Morikami Japanese Gardens. Online registration is now available; please click here to register. You may also contact SEUS/Japan for more information by phone: (786) 235-8289; by e-mail:; or online at:

Enterprise Florida and Team Volusia EDC are co-sponsoring this year’s summit. Additional and/or promotional support is being provided by the following supporting organizations: The Florida Atlantic University School of Urban and Regional Planning; The Greater Ft. Lauderdale Alliance; The Palm Beach Business Development Board; The Japan Foundation for Global Partnership; The Beacon Council; The World Trade Center Miami; The Doral Chamber of Commerce; and The Consulate General of Japan in Miami.

Founded in 1975, the mission of Florida Delegation, SEUS/Japan is to promote ties of trade, investment, tourism, education and friendship between Florida, Japan, and six other southeast U.S. states through an annual joint meeting program hosted in regular rotation by SEUS/Japan member states and Japan. Florida Delegation, SEUS/Japan has individual, non-profit and corporate membership programs open to all individuals, businesses and organizations interested in supporting Florida Delegation, SEUS/Japan’s mission. The next 37th Annual SEUS/Japan joint meeting will be held in Tokyo this coming September 18-20, visit us online for more details. SEUS/Japan holds the annual summit meeting programs around the State. This will be the second time the Morikami has hosted the event, as it hosted the 1st summit in 2003.

More details here:

Tampa Annual Shinenkai


Our annual Shinnenkai will once again be held in Tampa hosted by alum Michael Maloney (1992-1994, Toyama) at his residence. This event features Micheal’s special sushi rice and sushi from Yoko’s Restaurant.

When: Sunday, January 26th, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Michael Maloney’s residence (Contact Micheal for address and directions)

To RSVP and get the address and directions please contact Michael Maloney directly at by January 25th. You may RSVP via Facebook, but to officially RSVP please contact Michael.

Tanabata Potluck 2013

Dear Florida JETAA Members,

This is your South Florida representative, Wendy Lo, I would like to hold a JETAA Tanabata get together at my new place on Saturday, July 6th at 2pm.

Hopefully my small backyard will be done by then (-_-)’. If not, oh well it’s too hot to go outside anyways. 🙂


My new place is located in Coral Springs, Florida in the Broward County area. It will be convenient for those in Miami-Dade and West Palm Beach to attend. We also welcome JETAA members outside the S. Florida area.

In the tradition of a Japanese summer festival  I am suggesting that people attending to wear a yukata or jinbei. I have a few ladies yukatas with obi that I can lend out for the party and three men’s jinbei and one men’s yukata (but no obi).

I will also have some tanzaku slips in which you can write your wishes for Tanabata. I have no bamboo in my house, but I will bring them over to the Morikami on Monday to tie to our Tanabata Bamboo in the lobby.

Kakigori (Japanese shaved ice), watermelon, and cold soumen noodles will be served. Summer foods often eaten in Japan.

This is a potluck so please feel free to bring a food item or drink.


My place is a townhouse, so its small and has very very limited parking so car pooling is encouraged. Some of you might have to park in the apartment complex behind me and walk over.

Please RSVP me at by July 1st, so that I know how much food and drinks to get. If you are bringing a guest please include that in your RSVP.

If you plan to bring a food item, please let me know and I will place that on a list. Those who RSVPed will get the instructions to my place and where you can park on July 1st.

This is a great way to meet new and old JET alumni and to reconnect to our time in Japan. I hope to see you there!



Wendy Lo

JETAA-FL, South Florida Rep.

(Toyama-ken, 2002-2005)