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:
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!
We are SO PROUD and GRATEFUL of our Info Officer Hartley Haft and our Superstar alumnus Aiyana Mathews for representing Florida Jetaa at the 2018 JETAA National Conference this past weekend! We’re looking forward to hearing the great things they learned, and using their ideas to create an even better experience for our members in the coming year.
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 !
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.
As many of you know, there have been many victims of devastating floods in Western Japan over the last few weeks. Florida Jetaa has decided to support the donations campaign created and monitored by #USJETAA. If you are looking for a safe and reliable way to get funds to Japan, we encourage you to go through US JETAA!
Since the beginning of this fundraiser, USJETAA has received overwhelming support and has almost reached their goal of $5,000 to support Japan Platform （ジャパン・プラットフォーム） and their great efforts connecting funds to organizations on the ground in western Japan.
This newly launched FREE webinar series is intended to provide guidance and instruction to JET alumni across the country on a variety of careers, professional development topics, and unique challenges and how to navigate them. This webinar is on how to become a Japanese teacher after JET. Current JETs and JET alumni are both welcome to join. For those who can’t attend, a recording will be available after the webinar at: https://usjetaa.org/programs/webinar-series/
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).
Your new life awaits! Results of the final screening stage for the 2018 JET Program are being announced all across the United States this week and next! A big お疲れ様でした (otsukaresama deshita, “thank you for your hard work”) to everyone. For those applicants still waiting to hear the results, we appreciate your patience! And for all those who were selected, congratulations! We look forward to working with you in Japan!
JETAA Florida would like to thank everyone who joined us for the JET30th Reunion & Networker this Saturday. We send a special appreciation to our panelists Matthew Gillam and Laurel Lukaszewskiwho discussed the history of the JET Program, USJETAA, and the relationship between Japan and the U.S. Also we thank our career panelists Eboni Staton, Kyle Litow, Hilary Brown and Michael Maloney, as well as our special guests Takemasa Ishikura, the president of the Japan Association of Orlando, and his daughter, Mayuko Ishikura.