JETAA Table at Tampa Natsu Matsuri
Hi everyone,

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Tampa Natsumatsuri has been set for June 11 from 6pm9pm!

That’s right, we’re moving to the evening!  This should make it less hot and hopefully easier for people to attend.  It’s also more traditional.  We just haven’t been in a position to do it until now.

I’m also very please to announce that we have a new festival Director!  Tom Gregorich is a JET alumni who has been active in sharing Japanese culture since his return to the US.  He’s been a personal friend of mine for many years and I know he’s going to do a great job.  Of course, I’ll still be involved, but Tom will be handling most of the coordination.

To help with the transition, we’ve also established a new email address that is dedicated to festival business.  Please add TampaNatsuMatsuri@gmail.com to your address book and direct festival questions there from now on.  This is the last festival email you’ll receive from the Tampakumi address.  But you will still receive emails from me about other Tampa Japanese community events.

As always, we need your help to make the festival a success.  Tampa Natsumatsuri is a non-profit community-based festival.  This means, it’s you, the Tampa Japanese cultural community, that make it happen.  So we need exhibitors, vendors, game operators, cosplayers, martial artists…anyone who participates in Japanese culture to come show off what you love.  As I always say, if there’s something you’ve always wanted to see at the festival, that’s a good sign you’re the one to bring it!

Thanks and see you there,

John

Tampa Natsumatsuri Founder

JETAAFL Tampa Region Representative.

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http://tohokutomo.com/

March 2016 is the five year anniversary of the great east Japan earthquake. On March 11, 2011, while the rest of the world watched, much of the northern coast was washed away by the massive tsunami, triggered by a 9.0 earthquake.The tragedy was devastating to Tohoku, Japan, and the entire world. People lost loved ones, their homes, and even their way of life. In the months after the disaster, countless volunteers rallied from around the world and came to Japan’s aid to help begin the long process of rebuilding. Whether by donating money, organizing events, or coming to volunteer, these individuals showed they truly care about Japan and about the people of Tohoku. Tohoku Tomo tells their story.

Tohoku Tomo is 60 minutes in length, with English audio and Japanese subtitles.

These screenings are free and open to the public.

3/30/2016

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1678143389125886/

Where: Miami
Florida International University, Room GL100
Modesto A. Maidique Campus (MMC)
11200 S.W. 8th Street
Miami, Florida 33199

Time: 8:00 PM

Details: The screening begins at 8 PM. From 9 PM – 10 PM we will hold a panel discussion with director Wesley Julian, Consul General Okaniwa, and Bryan Barber (M.A. in Asian Studies and Ph.D. Candidate in International Relations from FIU).

Part of the Global Engagement Film series hosted by FIU’s Office of Global Learning Initiatives. Sponsored by Florida JETAA, Office of Global Learning Initiatives, and FIU’s Asian Studies Program.

Parking Information

Parking Map FIU

3/31/2016

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/984431898294285/

Where: Orlando
Asia Trend / Y.E.S.S. Center
3201 E. Colonial Dr., Suite M-25,
Orlando, FL 32803
407-270-7073
Inside Orlando Fashion Square near JC Penney

www.yessfl.org
asiatrend.org

Time: 6:00 PM

Details: 6 PM – 7 PM Fundraising by Orlando Tewassa Group

7-7:45 PM Movie Screening

7:45-8:30 PM Discussion and Q&A with Director Wesley Julian

Sponsored by Florida JETAA, Asia Trend, and local community group Orlando Tewassa Group whose mission is to support survivors from Tohoku Earthquake for the long term.

THE 113 PROJECT

A Series of Short Documentary Films Highlighting Tohoku

View at www.113Project.org

From the creative team of the documentary Tohoku Tomo, an IDFA 2015 Finalist with over 30 domestic and international screenings to date, comes the 113 Project, a short film series inviting you to rediscover Tohoku through the eyes of young adults, local businesses, and other communities rebuilding their lives and working towards the future. Featuring over a dozen interviews and stories embodying hope and perseverance, these short films showcase the warmth and beauty of the region while sharing the voices of people who want to let you know how life is today.

The short film series will be available at www.113Project.org beginning March 7, 2016. For questions, please contact info@tohokutomo.com. The public is encouraged to use the hashtag, #TTWeek, for Tohoku Tomo Week, where thoughts, photos, and memories of Tohoku can be shared on social media.

DONATE TO TOHOKU TOMO AND THE 113 PROJECT

As an all volunteer effort, the 113 Project is in need of your support to finalize the production of the short film series. Our goal is to share these moving stories that showcase Tohoku and the warmth of its people.  With your support, we can share these stories across the United States and Japan, and create greater awareness for Tohoku. Donations will be accepted online at TohokuTomo.com.

 

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] gmail.com 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 LSorondo1@gmail.com 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 tampa@floridajetaa.org 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 tampa@floridajetaa.org 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