This is one of the largest Japan festivals in Florida. This is the 18th annual.
Admission is FREE!
When:  Sun. 11/4, 11am-5pm
Where: Kissimmee Lakefront Park – 69 Lakeshore Blvd. Kissimmee, FL 34741

On stage performances:

  • Koto
  • Iai
  • Judo
  • Taiko drumming

Also featuring special guest performer Mr. Yasunori Kimatawe, who is a live Shodo artist. Shodo (or Shuji) is a Japanese form of calligraphy. Mr. Kimata will paint live, using various brush strokes and movements.

Join the festival for the authentic Japanese food, performances, and experience Japan right in Orlando!

For more information, please visit the Japan Association of Orlando website.


Volunteers Needed!

Florida JETAA will have a presence at the Orlando Japan Festival by manning a booth. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Share information and your own personal experience about the JET Program with youth and parents at the festival
  • Make new connections in the Japanese community of Central Florida
  • Reconnect with other JET alumni
  • Enjoy the festival!

Assistance that will be needed:

  • Tent setup at 10 am
  • Tent breakdown at 5 pm
  • Encourage visitors to participate in our games and photo booth for donations
  • Collect donations for Florida JETAA and other causes

These shifts are available. (Feel free to stick around as long as you’d like. )

  • 10 am – noon (set up and beginning of festival)
  • noon – 2 pm
  • 2 pm – 4 pm
  • 4 pm – 6 pm (end of festival and breakdown)

Please contact Hartley at newsletter@floridajetaa.org or Dolly at webmaster@floridajetaa.org, if you would like to volunteer. Thank you for your support!

This upcoming year, with the kind funding of Japan Foundation, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is able to debut the Morikami Film Series this October. The first film of the season is the classic Japanese movie, “Tokyo Story.

Tokyo Story – A film by Yasujirō Ozu (136 min., 1953)
Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018
Cocktail reception: 6:00 pm
Film Showing: 7:00 pm
Price: $7 (members $5)
(In Japanese, subtitled in English)
RSVP 561-233-1367 or lniven@pbcgov.org by Oct. 19, 2018

20 Complimentary tickets are provided to the first FL-JETAA members that RSVP. It will be an interesting event for JETAA members to network with the community interested in Japan and Asia. When you RSVP, you must mention that you are a member of FL-JETAA. Deadline for RSVP is Oct. 19, 2018.

For this debut film, special guests from the film series sponsor, the Japan Foundation, and the Consulate General of Japan in Miami will be in attendance.

 

A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujirō Ozu. The film, which follows an aging couple’s journey to visit their grown children in bustling postwar Tokyo, surveys the rich and complex world of family life with the director’s customary delicacy and incisive perspective on social mores. Featuring lovely performances from Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, Tokyo Story plumbs and deepens the director’s recurring theme of generational conflict, creating what is without question one of cinema’s mightiest masterpieces. – Criterion Collection

To download the event flyer, click here. For more information about the Morikami Film Series, please visit here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of the Studio Ghibli Fest 2018, the Hayao Miyazaki classic “My Neighbor Totoro” will be showing nation-wide on Sunday, September 30, Monday, October 1 and Wednesday, October 3.

For tickets, showtimes, movie trailer and more, please visit here.

The Career Development Workshop, presented by Florida JETAA, is this Saturday!

TIME:  Saturday, September 8, 2018
Check-In:  1:45 PM
Workshop:  2:00-5:00 PM at Room#111
Consulate Reception:  5:30-7:00 PM at Disney Dining Room

WHERE: Rosen School of Hospitality, University of Central Florida
(9907 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL)

FOR WHO: JET Alumni registered with Florida JETAA. ALL career backgrounds welcome!

COST: FREE! Thanks to our co-sponsors, we are able to provide this event free of charge.

Please note that the dress-code is Business or Business Casual.

Click for info on speakers.

 

Co-SPONSORED BY

 

 

 

 

Visiting from out-of-town for the Workshop? Take advantage of this HOTEL DISCOUNT!

Now through August 31st, participants of our Career Development Workshop in ORLANDO on 9/8 can reserve deluxe ROH guestrooms (single/double/triple or quad occupancy) for the weekend of the CDW (Friday, September 7th through Sunday, September 9th) for ONLY $109+tax per night at Rosen Shingle Creek! This is quite a discount from their usual rates.

Available rooms are limited, so it’s first come-first serve. Once the rooms are gone (/after August 31st) regular rates apply.

Rosen Shingle Creek
9939 Universal Blvd. | Orlando, Florida 32819
rosenshinglecreek.com

How to Book

Please make your reservations through their Reservations Department at 1-866-996-6338 or 407-996-6338. Simply tell reservations that you wish to “reserve a room for September 7th through 9th (or your select dates) and request the group rate for the Florida Japan Exchange & Teaching Program Alumni Association”. The agent will take it from there!

The JET office needs volunteers to conduct info sessions on the JET Program in mid-September/early-October! Currently looking for presenters in the following areas: Pensacola, Tampa, Sarasota, Ft. Myers, St. Augustine.

The JET recruitment team will take care of coordinating with the schools, and provide all necessary materials (updated presentations, brochures, etc.) If interested, please email Lauren Sorondo, Miami JET Coordinator, at JET@mi.mofa.go.jp !

 

Register Here!

You are invited to the Career Development Workshop presented by FL JETAA! Space is limited, sign up today!

WHAT:  An opportunity to learn about the current Job Market with an emphasis on Florida trends, and sessions on maximizing networking and marketing your skills for any job.

WHEN:  Saturday, September 8, 2018
Workshop –  2:00-5:00 PM
Consulate Reception – 5:30-7:00 PM

WHERE: Rosen School of Hospitality, University of Central Florida
(9907 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL)

FOR WHO: JET Alumni registered with JETAA-FL. ALL career backgrounds welcome!

COST: FREE! Thanks to our co-sponsors, we are able to provide this event free of charge.

SPEAKERS

Bahia Simons-Lane,
Executive Director of US-JETAA
and Former JETAA-FL President

 

 

Emily Kikue Frank,
Career Counselor and
Coach at Denver Career Catalyst

 

 


Matias Ramirez,
Director for Content & Learning,
Wolters Kluwer

 


Victoria Mathews,
Business Development
& Global Travel Consultant,
Gardner-Mathews Travel Concierge

 

Leslie Wier,
Health Coach, Noom Inc.

 

 

 

Co-SPONSORED BY

 

JET Farewell Reception 8-3-2018, Official Residence, Miami

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.