We have some exciting events lined up, and we hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events


November 2018

18th Annual Orlando Japan Festival | Nov 4


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.


December 2018


Annual JETAA Bonenkai | Plantation, FL
You are invited to the JETAA Florida annual 忘年会 (Bounenkai)! We share a Japanese style set-course menu as we celebrate a great year with old and new friends.




January 2019

Annual Shinnenkai | Tampa

Michael Maloney graciously hosts our annual Shinnenkai, opening his home to our alumni community where we share a Japanese spread. This will be the 18th year!
When: TBD, stay tuned



JETAA Golf Scramble | Orlando

Get together for all the golfers among the JETAA membership. Don’t play? Now’s the time to learn! Looking to get 12 people or more to play a 3 team scramble.
Where: Orlando Area (Location TBD)
Contact: Tom Gregorich (




JAX Japanese Bento Cafe Meetup

Keep an eye out for this event! Lunch @ the Tinseltown location Bento Cafe will be coming your way in the next few months
When: Up-coming
Where: Bento Cafe (9734 Deer Lake Ct. #11, Jacksonville, FL)
Contact: Lisa Poston (




On-Going Events (Monthly Meetings)

Tampa Tsudoi: First Friday of the month from 7pm – 9pm
***Please note that the location has changed to: Jason’s Deli (2702 E Fowler Avenue)
Everyone is welcome. 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. Both Japanese and English are spoken. Just look for the Japanese flag on the table! Contact John at for more information or to be notified each month by email.

Miami Coffee 会話(”kaiwa”): Last Saturday of the month from 3pm – 5pm. This is a conversation group for those wishing to improve their Japanese skills and make new friends in South Florida. Speakers of all skill levels are invited, as well as Japanese natives. No agenda or attendance requirement – just a good attitude and willingness to learn! Usually takes place at Pasion del Cielo, 8915 SW 72nd place, Miami, FL. Location, date, and times may vary, so please keep an eye out on the newsletter for monthly updates.

Nihongo de OK! Feel like your Japanese is rusty? Come out and practice! This Japanese language only conversation group gives an opportunity for people learning Japanese or people who speak it to practice in a live and unscripted context. Like a Japanese Happy Hour! Native speakers are welcome as well.
The only rules:
1) No English allowed by anyone! 2) Have fun!
When: Every 3rd Friday | 7-8pm
WherePlease RSVP for the location.
Contact: John (


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Past Events

September 2018

September 9, 2018 | Career Development Workshop | Orlando


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.


June 2018

June 23, 2018 | Tampa Natsumatsuri | Tampa, FL

The 2018 Tampa Natsumatsuri was a celebration of Japanese culture on a Florida summer evening. Those who attended enjoyed the many vendors, presenters and games.


Spring 2018

New JET Meetups | Various venues in Florida

The results of the new 2018 JETs are in! In various cities across Florida, JETAA members attended meet-ups with new JETs to show them the ropes and offer advice before they pack up this summer for their adventures on JET.


May 2018

May 12, 2018 | Yukata Bar Crawl | Winter Garden, FL (Near Orlando)

We explored the craft breweries of Winter Garden, in yukata.
When: Saturday, May 12, 4:00 p.m.
Where: A selection of bars in downtown Winter Garden


April 22, 2018

April 22, 2018 | Morikami Hatsume Fair | Boca Raton, FL

Have you heard of the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens? It’s the only public museum dedicated solely to Japanese Culture, and it’s here in Boca Raton, FL!

Florida JETAA volunteered to help with tabling on SUNDAY, APR. 22 at the annual Hatsume Fair. At their table, they talked about JET, JETAA, and also raised $100 for a Japanese Scholarship Fund with a photo booth! Here are some photos.




March 2018

3.9.18 | Miami JETAA Happy Hour | 6-9 p.m. | Books & Books Cafe in Coral Gables





February 2018

02/24/2018: JET 30th Florida Reunion and Networker in Orlando

The JET Alumni Association of Florida gathered for Florida JET30th — a reunion and networking event held in honor of the JET Program’s 30th anniversary!

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Park Inn by Radisson Resort & Conference Center, Kissimmee, FL




January 2018

01/28/2018: Annual JETAA Shinnenkai in Tampa

Thank you to Michael Maloney for hosting our annual Shinnenkai. This was the 17th year!
When: Sunday, January 28, 2018


December 2017

12.16 | Annual JETAA-FL Bounenkai in Plantation

JETAA Florida held our annual 忘年会 (Bounenkai)! We shared a Japanese style set-course menu as we celebrated a great year with old and new friends.

When: 12/16, 6:15 p.m.
Where: Koume Japanese Restaurant (11905 W Sunrise Blvd, Plantation)


November 2017

11.5 | Orlando Japan Festival

This is one of the largest Japan festivals in Florida.
Admission is FREE!
When:  Sun. 11/5, 11am-5pm
Where: Kissimmee Lakefront Park (69 Lakeshore bl, Kissimmee, FL)









October 2017

10.14 | Yukata Bar Crawl in Coral Gables

We dusted off that Yukata and had some food and drinks near Miracle Mile! Was a great opportunity everyone to show off their style — and also engage and educate the curious passersby about JET and Japan!







10.28 | JET Campout at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve

Group campout at the Kissimmee Prairie preserve. Located about halfway between Orlando and Miami, this state park is one of Florida’s premier locations for stargazing. We hiked 2.5 miles to the primitive campsite.


August 2017

JET30 Reunion in Washington D.C.

WHEN: Friday, August 4 – Sunday, August 6, 2017
WHERE: Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC
WHAT: A three-day gathering of JET alumni, family & friends at the historic Omni Shoreham Hotel. Had exciting programming, special events and time to connect with new and old friends.

July 2017

07/09/17 – 2017 JETAA Tanabata Celebration! Boca Raton, FL

Tanabata is a time for wishes. Who better to share them with than friends? JETAA-FL enjoyed our annual Tanabata Celebration. We reminisced about our wishes and fun times in Japan, and brought some pictures to share! Since we’re far from Japan, we celebrated a bit unusually – by eating delicious shabu-shabu!

June 2017

06/24/2017 – Tampa Natsumatsuri, Christ the King Church,  821 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 Tampa Natsumatsuri. There were so many vendors, presenters and volunteers who welcomed our community to the festival. Again, it was a successful celebration of Japanese culture on a Florida summer evening.

If you have any photographs of the festival that you would like to share on this website, please send them to the Florida JETAA webmaster at Thank you!

March 2016

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

February 2016

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.

January 2016

01/24/2016: Annual JETAA Shinnenkai in Tampa

01/23/2016: “Nomi-kaiwa” – Miami Coffee会話  Shinnenkai

To celebrate the New Year, Coffee 会話 becomes 飲み(“nomi”)会話 for one day next month! Join us on January 23rd at World of Beer in Downtown Dadeland (near the usual Pasion del Cielo location) for a drink to discuss our wishes and plans for 2016.

Time: 4 – 6 pm

*This is a 21+ event. Please RSVP with Lauren at by Thursday, January 21st.

TAMPA TSUDOI will be taking a break in January in observance of the New Year’s holiday, and will resume its normal schedule in February.

12/19/2015 JETAA Bounenkai

Annual JETAA Bounenkai at Koume Restaurant in Plantation, FL.

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