Job Opening at Consulate-General of Japan in Miami

Web Management & Media Relations – Consulate General of Japan in Miami

The Public Relations and Culture Department of the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami is hiring for one full-time Webpage Management and Media Relations position.  This is a temporary position that will run until March 2017. The primary responsibility of this position will be to maintain and update the Consulate’s website using the Consulate’s content management system. The secondary role will be to develop the Consulate’s media relations by working with a contracted PR company as the Consulate’s liaison.  Ideal candidate should be adaptable, fast‐paced, results oriented, creative, and knowledgeable of technology applications and software.

To apply, please submit your resume with a letter of recommendation from a professional reference to the Public Relations and Culture Department ( by April 8, 2016.

Click here for job details.

Morikami Museum and Gardens Job Opportunity

Job openings at the Morikami Museum and Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida.

Digital Marketing Coordinator

The Digital Marketing Coordinator is a full-time professional position responsible for conceptualizing and executing the museum’s digital marketing strategy. The desired candidate is a talented content creator with a deep passion for analytics, social media community development, a strong grasp on high-quality design principles and an appreciation for art and culture. In addition, this position provides an essential support role with annual festivals & provides insight for long-term marketing goals & objectives.  This position reports to and receives direction from the Director of Marketing & Events.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Email campaigns
    • Works cross-functionally with other museum departments to gather and create content
    • Designs e-blast templates and graphics
    • Builds and updates email lists
  • Website maintenance & development
    • Maintains the integrity and usability of Morikami’s responsive design website
    • Manages the calendar, online forms, e-commerce reporting, media library, product pages, etc.
    • Updates/creates website pages as needed
    • Manages the registered website user database and ongoing website development projects
  • Social Media
    • Updates social media content calendar and contributes to digital strategy planning
    • Plans/researches/writes engaging content for social media and blog
    • Monitors and joins conversations on social media platforms and peer review sites
  • Analytics
    • Monitors, tracks and analyzes statistics for email campaigns, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, youTube and blog.
    • Tracks website traffic and user behavior though Google Analytics
    • Creates and executes post-event surveys and tracks responses
  • Designs various museum collaterals, signage and graphics on an as-needed basis
  • Provides essential support in the planning and execution of Morikami festivals and Sushi & Stroll series of events.
  • Assists in budget management

Skills & Abilities

  • B.A. or B.S. in Communications, Marketing or related field
  • 2-3 years experience in a similar role
  • Strong writer and communicator
  • Proficient use of Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, WordPress, Website Maintenance and Microsoft Office, required
  • Experience with Google Analytics, SurveyMonkey and MailChimp preferred
  • Experience working in a museum, with a membership organization or not-for-profit a plus

Desired Characteristics

  • Must be organized and work efficiently with a personal commitment to maintain a collaborative work environment
  • Ability to prioritize, track and meet deadlines, use good judgment, remain flexible and work under minimal supervision
  • Must be proactive, reliable and possess excellent interpersonal skills

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to Kizzy Sanchez Sherven, Director of Marketing & Events at  NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

 Opportunities at the Cornell Cafe

  • Wait Staff:  Responsibilities include taking customer orders, bringing drinks and food, ensuring satisfaction, clearing tables, as well as side work before, during, and after shift. Fast paced environment. Experience preferred. Shift days available: Tuesday through Sunday, excluding holidays. Shift hours:  10:30 a.m. until approximately 4:00 p.m.
  • Host/Hostess:  Responsibilities include seating customers, ensuring enough seats and/or high chairs, maintaining waiting list, cleaning menus, cleaning tables. Shift days available: Tuesday through Sunday, excluding holidays. Shift hours:  11:00 a.m. until approximately 3:30 p.m.
  • Kitchen Prep Staff:  Responsibilities are basic kitchen duties, cleaning and cutting vegetables, prepping and slicing meats and fish, prepping food items. Shift days available: Tuesday through Sunday, excluding holidays. Shift hours:  10:00 a.m. until approximately 4:00 p.m.

To apply, please email resume to


More info on their website:

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 Summer Internship at the Morikami Gardens

I am writing to inform you that we are looking for an intern for the summer (June to Mid-August 2015) in our Education Department. This is an unpaid internship but will be counted as school credit (depending on approval of their school or college advisor).

Their duties will include:

–    Assisting the Youth & Outreach Program Coordinator in coordinating, developing and preparing activities for our Summer Tour Plus (STP) Program.

–     Monitoring the high school volunteers in the STP Program creating a positive learning environment for the summer campers.

–    Organize and direct the Hands-on-Art activity with expertise and flexibility.

–    Work with museum docents to provide an educational and enjoyable Japanese cultural experience for all participants.

–    Assist the Education Department with other tasks when needed.

Someone with knowledge of Japanese culture is required. Please keep in mind that the Morikami is located in Delray Beach, FL. Those living in Miami-Dade and Broward who apply must be willing to commit to the internship and the expense from commuting to our museum. We unfortunately cannot reimburse them for their commuting expenses. The days of the internship are flexible and negotiable to fit the intern’s schedule. We would like to have the intern Tuesday through Friday, mostly in the mornings and an occasional afternoon.

We believe this is a great opportunity to have hands-on experience teaching, develop management and leadership skills, learn teamwork, and use their knowledge about Japanese culture. The intern will also have an opportunity to gain experience working with a cultural and non-profit organization.

Please direct all inquiries and/or email their resume to Jaclyn DeMarzo, Youth & Outreach Program Coordinator, at or at 561-495-0233 x. 237

The deadline for submitting their resume will be on Monday, April 20th 2015.


Job Description: Part-time Youth & Outreach Program Coordinator (20 hours)

The Morikami Museum and Gardens in Delray Beach is looking for a Part-time Youth & Outreach Program Coordinator (20 hours).

Position Description:

The Youth and Outreach Program Coordinator will be responsible for the creation and implementation of educational programming for children (K-12) activities and outreach programs. This includes children’s activities at our annual festivals, special events, and Summer Tour Plus program. Must be able to work evenings and weekend events.

Position Reports to: Curator of Education

Specific Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Create and implement museum educational programs for children and families.
  • Develop, implement, and manage outreach programs.
  • Develop, create, and coordinate children’s (K-12) activities at our annual festivals, including the supervision of festival volunteers and managing setup and cleanup
  • Work in conjunction with staff to develop, implement and oversee the Summer Tour Plus (STP) program activities.
  • Supervise daily operations of STP, which also includes training and scheduling of interns and high school volunteers for the STP program.
  • Assist staff in developing and implementing school programs and teacher development workshops
  • Work in conjunction with staff to develop educational teaching materials and tour program contents
  •  Other duties as specified

Minimum Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, art, Japanese studies or related field
  • Knowledge of Japanese language and culture
  • Experience in teaching and working with children (K-12)
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with staff, volunteers and the public
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Personal transportation required for outreach programs
  • Strong organizational and computer skillsExperience working in a museum or cultural institution a plus

Please send resume to:

Submission deadline: September 30, 2014

No phone calls, no walk ins.

Tanabata Potluck Party


Dear Florida JETAA Members,

This is your South Florida Regional Representative, Wendy Lo, we will be holding our 2ndannual JETAA Tanabata get together on Saturday, July 19th at 4pm.

This year our president, Bahia and her husband Chris, have kindly offered their home for us to have the JETAA Tanabata party. Bahia’s place is in Miami, 33134

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. Luckily, Bahia and Chris have Bamboo growing in their front yard so we can tie them onto the branches.

I know it will be past the actual Tanabata date, but it’s the spirit of it all that counts and this was the only available date.

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

Please RSVP to by July 16th. 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 the list.

Parking is extremely limited, so please RSVP, Bahia will email parking instructions and her address to those who RSVP as the date approaches.

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)

Volunteer at Oshogatsu this January!

From Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens:

This coming January we will have our Morikami New Year Festival, Oshogatsu, on January 13, 2013.


We would like to ask the Japanese community and Japanese-related organizations in South Florida if they can volunteer their time to help out at this booth by writing names in Japanese with a traditional brush and ink. Knowledge of how to write in Japanese Katakana required.

All materials will be provided by the Morikami.

The Morikami Education Department among the many activities we are doing will have a tent on calligraphy. All proceeds from this tent, will go towards funding our MORY program. MORY stands for More Opportunities to Reach Youth, which invites underserved youth to participate in the Morikami’s Summer Tour-Plus Program. This funding covers their admission fare, bus transportation, and materials for the program. We hope to raise enough money to keep providing this free program to these underserved children located in neighborhoods that are often overlooked.


We have three different shifts that you can choose from:

1. morning shift from 9:30am-1:30pm

2. afternoon shift from 1:00-5:00pm


3. The whole day 9:30am-5:00pm


We would like to have at least 3 volunteers per shift.


What will happen at this Calligraphy Tent?

Throughout the festival day, one of our staff will do several simple 10-minute presentation of what is Shodo, calligraphy and demonstrate. Throughout the day we will have volunteers that will write visitors’ names in Japanese for a price of $1 per name. Again, all proceeds will go towards our MORY program, which is in need of funding for this summer.


We hope that you can take the time to volunteer at the Morikami and for a good cause! Plus you get the chance to enjoy our Oshogatsu Festival!


For students they will be able to earn volunteer service hours for their school.

Please pass this email to anyone you think maybe interested in volunteering.


If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Wendy Lo at 561-495-0233 x. 235 or by December 28.


You can fill out an adult or student volunteer application form here and send, fax, or email it to the Morikami, please indicate that you are volunteering for the Calligraphy tent on the application:


Bonenkai and Year End Review Party 2012

UPDATE: The event date has changed to Dec 22nd.

Dear JETAA members,

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 JET coordinator for the Japanese Consulate and helped many of us get into the JET program. He makes delicious food, is a great host, and beware of his “sake bomb.”

As part of the Bonenkai we will report on the events of the past year and solicit ideas about what Florida JETAA can do the future.

This will be a pre-set meal of $20 per person, which involves several courses: soup, salad, appetizers, sushi, other dishes and desert*. You will get a lot of food for that amount of money especially since Japanese food is so expensive.  Sekita-san never disappoints!

The cost of drinks and tip are not included into the deal, so you will pay that separately at the end of the event.

This will be a cost-sharing event, meaning that some of the meal will be paid from JETAA funds that will cover part of the meal and you will cover the rest. So the cost can vary depending on how many or how little people come and what drinks you order.

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

Date: December 22nd, 2012 (Saturday)
Time: 6:30pm

Please RSVP  to Bahia, the deadline to RSVP is Dec 17th .  Tell us if you are bringing a guest. You can RSVP by going to or emailing with the subject Bonenkai 2012.  If you RSVP using the link please fill in your name, email, and phone number (optional).  Please also include that information if RSVPing by email

I hope you can all make it!

If you RSVP and later cannot make it, please have the courtesy and let us know by Dec 28th, because once we give the final numbers to Sekita-san we have to end up paying for the person who doesn’t show up, which is not fun for those who have to foot your bill.

Hope to see you there!

Bahia (President) and Wendy (South Florida Region Representative)

South Florida Family Zoo Trip

May 5th is Children’s Day in Japan and the Koinobori are flying high in the sky! This is the best time to have a Family JETAA outing. So come on out with your family or friends to the Miami Zoo on Children’s Day!

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2012
Time: 11:30am (Let’s meet at the front entrance of the Zoo! If you come later we’ll meet you inside.)

Zoo Miami
1 Zoo Boulevard
12400 SW 152 Street
Miami, FL. 33177
Ph: 305-251-0400
Park Hours: 9:30am-5:30pm
Adult admission price (13+): $15.95
Child (3-12): $11.95

For admission prices, discounts and more info you can visit :

Please send me an email if you are attending at wlo01 [at] by May 3rd, so I know to expect you. Please send an email even if you RSVP to the Facebook event.  Facebook event:

If we have enough people maybe we can do a group discount.

Hope to see you there!
Wendy, South Florida Regional Rep

REVIEW: Heart Rock Sushi – Japanese Restaurant (Ft. Lauderdale)

Submitted by: Allan M..; Saitama-ken, 2005-2007  Date Submitted: 07/19/2011

Name:  Heart Rock Sushi – Japanese Restaurant
Address: Gateway Shopping Center
1970 E. Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Review Type: Business (Restaurant)


Review: Perhaps you’re wondering the difference between the “Happy Sushi” icon and the “Angry Sushi” icon. Well the
“Happy Sushi” are for places you could go to. The “Angry Sushi” are for places you should avoid. And now you’re wondering,
“Wow. What would it take for a place to get 5 Angry Sushi.?” Well ladies and gentlemen your search is over, behold the horrible Heart Rock Sushi.

You are welcome to a seemingly nice store front, interior and a sushi chef that welcomes you…with a host/hostess no where to be seen. We sat at the bar with a good view of both chefs and got our menus.

– First warning sign – menu has Japanese, Thai and other Asian dishes. Usually a sign of chefs that aren’t well trained in any.

The lunch specials are ordered and we wait. The waiter brings our drinks and goes about his business.

– Second warning sign – the sushi ordered from the daily specials come before our soup or salads even arrive, instead of with the other sushi we ordered.

– Final warning sign – the head sushi chef was more interested talking to the women at the sushi counter than making their lunches.

Our lunches arrive, in bento boxes and we dig in. It’s a combination of sushi and random dishes with our daily specials on the side. The waiter lied; the soup was from a packet and still powdery. The shumai was deep fried unidentified stuff with an odd taste. The hijiki salad was in a sickening sweet syrup. And the sesame Chinese noodles were so overcooked they were mushy and smeared onto our chopsticks. Something would have been said but the waiter disappeared for the rest of the meal and the sushi chef was back with the women. Now the sushi…

The sushi was utter ****. The California Rolls were guacamole rolls with a fruity cucumber aftertaste. The crab wasn’t even a
pencil thick and lost in the guacamole like avocado. The sushi rice itself had little flavor and fell apart when picked up. The tuna was dry and tasteless and disappeared into the rice making a squishy, tasteless mess. The salmon had little taste, was tough and “chunky” when you started eating. The sashimi were odd rectangle’s half the size of regular sashimi, all bland. The daily specials were the worse. The tobiko was tough and odd tasting, the Escolar had NO taste (zero, none, nada). And our other sushi had been cancelled – we were explained it could only be served fresh when the weekend deliveries come in, basically catching themselves in their lie about many of our sushi options being fresh.

Our final straw was when the bill was paid and we never got the change. It was kept for a 23.62% tip that they gave themselves
apparently apparently for the horrible food, the waiter that disappeared for most of the meal and the chef that enjoyed his ladies.

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