There are lots of exciting things happening lately! We just finished a very successful 10th anniversary Tampa Natsumatsuri and held a Q&A with the new JETs getting ready to head to Japan. We also had a great time at our first ever Archery event here in Miami. Our conversation meetups are going strong, with the Tampa Tsudoi held the first Friday of the month and the Miami's Coffee Kaiwa held on the last Saturday of the month.
What is really exciting, however, is a great opportunity for JET Program alumni to return to the area they lived in Japan and the school where they taught. The Satogaeri Project. As part of the project, JET alumni will return to their former places of work, and re-visit places with which they have a strong affiliation, local residents who they developed close relationships with, current JET participants and others, on the basis of their ‘Satogaeri Project Plan’. If accepted, the JET alum will travel to Japan from Monday, 9 November, 2015 – Friday, 13 November, 2015 (4 nights, 5 days). After participating in exchange activities in Tokyo, the participants will each return to the area in Japan where they lived and worked as a JET participant, and engage in activities according to their own ‘Satogaeri Project Plan’. CLAIR will cover the cost of travelling to Japan; domestic travel, accommodation and meal expenses in Japan (excluding meal expenses when the participant is not engaged in Satogaeri Project duties); and overseas travel accident insurance (travel insurance). For more details about this wonderful opportunity and how to apply, please visit: http://www.jetaausa.com/national-initiatives/satogaeri-project/
The application deadline for the Satogaeri Project is coming up soon, July 13th, 2015. If you'd like to apply and would like a letter of recommendation from the Florida JETAA chapter, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible with a list of the ways you've been involved in JETAA (the requirement of active JETAA participation is waived if there is no JETAA chapter in your area, so if you're in a region of Florida where we do not have much representation we would be happy to provide a letter to that extent).
- Applicants must have completed their appointment on the JET Program as an ALT, CIR, SEA and be actively contributing to their local JET Alumni Association (if a chapter is in your area)
- You would be a suitable representative of JET Program alumni. You have been recommended by your JETAA chapter (see recommendation letter information below).
- You have a strong desire to reconnect with your former contracting organization and the region you previously lived and worked in, and you are able to make direct contact and cooperate with the school/workplace that you worked at.
- Your former workplace is able to receive you (and carry out activities with you during your visit).
- You will actively post about your experiences in and impressions of Japan from the perspective of an international visitor on your blog, homepage, Facebook page or other means.
- You accept that there may be mass media coverage of your visit, and will cooperate where required.
- You will write a report of your experiences on the Satogaeri Project after returning to your home country.
- You are able to participate in the entire schedule of the Satogaeri Project.
- Your Satogaeri Project Plan is deemed appropriate.
- You are a participant who completed your term on the program 3 or more years ago (preferred).
- Letters of recommendation are not mandatory but are highly encouraged from your JETAA chapter or another Japan-related group, to show the applicant's engagement with alumni and likelihood to carry out the provisions of the project.
- Letter of recommendation should be sent to Arisa Maruno email@example.com by July 13th
I hope that many members of our chapter will take advantage of this opportunity and apply!
This is your South Florida Regional Representative, Wendy L.
We will be holding our 3rd annual JETAA Tanabata get together on Saturday, July 11th at 5pm.
Our president, Bahia and her husband Chris, have kindly offered their home again for our JETAA Tanabata party.
Bahia’s place is in Miami, 33134 (RSVP for address and parking information).
In the tradition of a Japanese summer festival we are 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.
We 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by July 9th. If you are bringing a guest please include that in your RSVP.
This is open to JETAA and JETAA friends.
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!
JETAA-FL, South Florida Rep.
06/20/2015: Coffee Kaiwa
How have you been?
I know this is sudden, but this month's Coffee 会話 will be taking place a little earlier than usual. On Saturday, June 20, we'll be meeiting at Passion del Cielo from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
Last month was a lot of fun, and we met many new people. Let's make this month's meet great, too!
See ya there!
06/21/2015: JETAA Archery Lesson and Practice
Additional details and tickets at http://
Have any of you ever seen your students in Japan do kyudo (Japanese archery) and thought it was cool? Or want to learn to shoot a bow like Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games or Legalos from Lord of the RIngs? Or maybe learn a useful survival technique in case there is a Zombie apocalypse?
Well here is your chance!
We are organizing a JETAA Archery event in Broward County. This event is open to all JETAA and JETAA friends.
Date: Sunday, June 21, 2015
Location: National Armory, 1315 SW 1st Court, Pompano Beach, FL. 33069
About the Range:
The indoor archery range is upstairs located above a gun shooting range in the National Armory. The archery range features targets and foam animals to shoot at. Unfortunately, the archery instructor can only accommodate 15 of us in the group. So sign up early! First come, first served.
The Cost and How to Sign up:
Cost $30/person (prepay online) + $10 cash for material fee (bring the day of)
We get the range exclusively for JETAA for 2 hours (10am-12pm).
All costs include the private group lesson, bow, arrows, and equipment rental.
If we have 6-9 people signed-up, we only get the shooting range exclusively for 1.5 hours (10:30am -12pm).
We must have at least 6 people registered for them to agree to do this private group lesson. The place usually doesn't open until 12pm on Sundays, so that means staff coming in early especially for us.
Go to this link to pay and book your spot: http://
Purchase tickets by 06/18/2015 at midnight to reserve your spot.
Like in Japan be on time! (which means come 5 minutes early).
Also, after the archery lesson, if interested we can go out to lunch in the Broward area.
Hope to see you all there!
JETAA South Florida Regional Rep
06/26/2015: New JET Q&A After Party in Orlando
Any JETAA member is welcome to come and meet the new JETs over dinner. However, you MUST RSVP to Bahia at email@example.com by 06/23/2015 in order to attend. you also MUST bring cash to pay for your meal
The reservation is set for 8:30
Azteca d’Oro, 11633 University Blvd, Orlando, FL 32817
We have a private dining area in the back.
06/27/2015: Tampa Natsumatsuri
June 27, 2015. 9-12.
821 S. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa.
Free and open to the public!
Tampa Natsumatsuri is Tampa's only Japanese Summer Festival. Created by and for the Japanese cultural community in the Tampa area. This is our flagship event and it's lots of fun every year. Come on our in your yukata, jinbei, or in cosplay if you'd like to join our cosplay contest.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/tampanatsu
06/28/2015 Japanese Heritage Day
Sunday, June 28th vs. LAD - 1:10 PM
This is not a hosted event, so come with your friends, family, and anyone else you like!
Baseline Reserved: $30
Join the Marlins' Japanese Heritage Day Celebration starting at 11:30 AM in the West Plaza! VIP Special Event Package includes:
- Baseline Reserved game ticket in the Japanese Heritage section.
- Cheers will be led by an ōendan.
- Includes a Japanese Heritage Day T-Shirt
T-shirt giveaway comes in adult sizes only. S, M, L, XL, 2XL and will be distributed based on availability at a first-come-first-served basis. Marlins Park gates open 90 minutes prior to 1st Pitch.
Gift item redemption is located on Section 1 and must have a valid Special Event ticket. Other seating categories available upon request. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
07/03/2015: Tampa Tsudoi
First Friday of the month from 7pm - 9pm - McAlisters Deli at 11402 North 30th Street. Everyone is welcome. Just look for the group with a little Japanese flag on the table. 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. Contact email@example.com for more information or to be notified each month by email.
07/11/2015: Tanabata Potluck Party
Miami, details TBD so check back in early July.
07/31/2016: Pre-Departure Orientation After Party
Miami, details TBD so check back in early July.
Dark Chocolate Japan
Art Exhibit Opening Night Reception
Sunrise, FL (May 14, 2015) – The Sunrise Art Gallery is holding a Meet the Artist Reception featuring Carlos Aleman on Friday, August 28th from 6:30-9:30pm.
In the spring of 2013, Carlos Aleman made a short trip to Kyoto during cherry blossom week. He returned home to Sunrise, Florida and recorded his impressions of Japan as drawings and paintings. Often working in 'dark chocolate' acrylic paints, he integrated elements of cosplay, manga, anime, geisha, maiko and samurai into a whimsical style of pop surrealism and magical realism, ranging from the finely rendered to the loose and experimental.
This is Carlos Aleman’s second exhibit at the Sunrise Art Gallery. His 2012 exhibit, The Asian Philosophy of Carlos Aleman, was inspired after a trip to China in 2010. His new exhibit, Dark Chocolate Japan, will explore the concept of mono no aware (a sensitivity to ephemera) juxtaposed with the fun and color of cosplay and kimono. Harajuku and Shironuri fashion as well as Japanese monsters and ‘American Geishas’ will create a showcase of luminous dreams.
Carlos Aleman is a Cuban American writer, painter, illustrator, book cover designer, product and web designer. An early e-book draft of this novel entitled As Happy As Ling was a finalist in the 2012 International Latino Book Awards. In 2013, the release in paperback of Happy That It's Not True was named one of the best novels of the year by the Latina Book Club. He is a judge in the 2014 National Association of Hispanic Publications' José Martí Awards. His upcoming novel, Diego in Two Places will be released later this year by Aignos Publishing.
Sunrise Civic Center Art Gallery
10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard
Sunrise, FL 33351
Gallery Hours: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
For more information, call Gallery Information: (954) 747-4641 or visit
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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
- 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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
More info on their website: http://morikami.org/about-the-institution/#tabs-about-us-tab-2
CAREER FORUM for Positions in the U.S., JET alumni welcome!
Japanese-English speakers, cordially invites you to participate in
our only event focused on positions in the U.S.
CAREER FORUM for Positions in the U.S.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Metropolitan Pavilion (North Pavilion)
110 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011
- No fee to register or attend
- Meet and interview face-to-face with companies
- Approximately 25 companies expected to attend
- Positions available all over the U.S.
Register now to receive updates about participating companies as
they sign up. It's free, easy, and doesn't require cancellation if
you decide not to attend.
Register here: http://www.careerforum.net/
[Current Participating Companies (as of 5/11)]
ACTUS CONSULTING GROUP INC. (Recruiting Agency)
CDH, P.C. (Public Accounting)
DAIEI TRADING CO., INC. (Wholesale Food Distribution)
FRONTLINE INTERNATIONAL, INC. (Publishing/E-commerce)
FUJISANKEI COMMUNICATIONS INTERNATIONAL (Broadcasting/Media)
HOTTA LIESENBERG SAITO LLP (Accounting)
IACE TRAVEL (Travel)
INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (Finance)
J ONE CORPORATION
JTB USA, INC. (Travel)
MITSUBISHI UFJ SECURITIES (Finance)
MULTINET INTERNATIONAL INC. (IT)
NHK INTERNATIONAL (Auto Parts Manufacturing)
RELO REDAC, INC. (Real Estate)
SUMITOMO MITSUI TRUST BANK, LTD. (Finance Services)
VALQUA AMERICA, INC. (Manufacturing)
WEEKLY BUSINESS NEWS CORP. (Publishing/Media)
Y'S PUBLISHING GROUP (Publishing/Media)
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us
We look forward to seeing you at the Career Forum!
DISCO International, Inc.
Thank you to everyone who cast their vote! The election results are now in.
The positions that were up for election this term were Vice-President, Secretary, and Webmaster. For more information about the responsibilities of these positions, please visit this link.
We'd like to welcome our new officers, Jennifer Hwang as Vice-President, Autumn Widdoes as Secretary, and Lauren Sorondo as Webmaster. We have no doubt they will do a wonderful job in the coming year.
We'd also like to thank our outgoing officers. Allan Mortdetsky did a wonderful job as Vice-President, assisting at multiple events with the consulate, representing Florida JETAA at the JETAA USA national and regional conferences, and reaching out to the JBA. Thank you for your hard work.
Adriana Jenkins, our Keys Region Rep, stepped in as interim Secretary when our last secretary moved. Thank you for doing such a stellar job filling in.
Last, but not least, thank you to our outgoing Webmaster, David Shaw, for everything you've done.
Over the course of the next month, the outgoing and incoming officers will transition, with the new officers fully taking on their responsibilities on June 1st.
Read on for the bios of our new officers.
Originally from Southern California with an MA in Linguistics from San Jose State University, I was a JET in Shizuoka prefecture from 2008 to 2012. My first two years were spent as an ALT at a small, low academic level high school in rural Kawanehon-cho. I was later transferred to a high academic level high school in Yaizu City where over 90% of the students went on to universities. In my final year as an ALT, I was invited to transfer to the Prefrectural Education Center where I planned and facilitated several training workshops including Orientation for new JETs, Mid-Year Seminar for ALTs and JTEs, as well as mandatory refresher training for Japanese teachers only. I also helped piloted the Elementary School Foreign Language (ESFL) Program which was nationally institutionalized in 2011.
Since returning to the United States, I have taught English for Academic Purposes at Hillsborough Community College and am now an academic advisor for international students at INTO USF. In the past couple of years, I have declined recommendations to join the Florida JETAA board. However, now that I have become more familiar with Florida’s relationship with Japan--through attending Tampa’s Tsudoi and Natsumatsuri, participating in the 2013 JET PDO, volunteering with the Japan-America Society of Tampa Bay (JASTB), as well as meeting with the Deputy Consul General and attending the Networking Meeting for Sister City Representatives--I feel that I can make a productive contribution to our association as Vice-President. I am eager to support the President in bringing alumni across the state together as well as providing more support for JET at both the national and local level. I know that Japan holds a special place in all of hearts and I would love to help people maintain their relationship with the country.
I was born and raised in Florida and currently call Tampa my hometown. I've lived in Germany, Vietnam, England, and Japan. I completed my BA at the Wilkes Honors College of FAU and my MA in Performance Studies at Tisch/NYU. I spent 4 years on JET in Okinawa from 2010-2014, where I lived in both Ishigaki and Naha. While in Japan, I helped organize Tohoku relief efforts via the SHINSAI: Theaters for Japan fundraiser and we raised more than 70000 yen in one afternoon of live performance presented in both English and Japanese. I also founded a bilingual performance collective called TASK 沖縄 after teaching several performance/dance theater making classes at ひやみかち学校 culture school in Naha, Okinawa. Since returning to Florida, I have been actively involved in the JETAA community in the Tampa Bay region, speaking at JET recruitment events at Eckerd College and helping organize the Tampa screening of LIVE YOUR DREAM: The Taylor Anderson Story. My long term goals are to promote Japanese performance/arts in the US and to bring more Japanese and Japan-related arts, film, and performance to the Tampa region. I look forward to working with the JETAA communities throughout Florida to instill a sense of importance in maintaining our connection to Japan via JET.
Hello! My name is Lauren Sorondo, and I'm a Miami native. In September 2014, I returned from 2 years in Kumamoto with JET. Since then, I've been participated in FL JETAA events, such as the Bounenkai and the recent film screening for the Taylor Anderson Story down in Miami. I've also stated hosting "Coffee 会話," a conversation circle in South Florida. While I don't have prior experience as a webmaster, I am passionate about JETAA and supporting the new and old alumni. In a state as large as Florida, I believe the best way is through communication of events. I hope to be able to continue improving the website that our previous officers have worked hard to create.
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!
ORLANDO: This weekend is the Florida Anime Experience in Orlando. Florida JETAA is presenting a panel on teaching English in Japan, hosted by one of our alums based in Tampa. If you're at the con, come on our and support us!
Here are the details about our panel:
April 25, SAT 3:00 PM Teaching English in Japan (CHIBI EVENTS)
Have you ever wanted to live in Japan? One of the best ways to do that is as an English teacher! Teaching in Japan is a great way to live, eat, and breathe the Japanese culture and language. It gives you an inside look at Japanese society. This presentation will discuss the personal experiences of someone who taught in Japan and describe some of the teaching opportunities available, with an emphasis on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, a robust teaching program supported by the Japanese government. It will also include a sneak peak of the Tampa Natsumatsuri, Tampa’s only fully Japanese festival held June 27, 2015 from 9-12!
Sponsored by the Florida JET Alumni Association.
FLORIDA ANIME EXPERIENCE IS A 3-DAY CELEBRATION OF ANIME, JAPANESE CULTURE, & VIDEO GAMES!
The annual celebration returns for Year Five this weekend: April 24-26, 2015 to Central Florida.
(ORLANDO, FLORIDA, April 21, 2015) Started in 2011, Florida Anime Experience (www.FloridaAnime.com) is a three day pop culture event celebrating anime, manga, cosplay, fashion, and video games. The event boasts unique celebrity and industry guests plus hours of programming for fans of Japanese culture and entertainment. This is the convention’s fifth year in Central Florida and it will take place April 24-26, 2015 at the Park Inn by Radisson Resort & Conference Center Orlando located at 3011 Maingate Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34747. Events begin at noon on Friday, April 24th and run through Sunday, April 26th at 6:00 PM.
Ticket prices are $20 for Friday or Sunday, $25 for Saturday, or $45 for all three days. Children under 3 years old get in for free. Advance ticket sales have ended, but you can purchase tickets at the event in the Conference Center. Parking is free.
This year’s convention will host industry recognized voice actors from some of the most popular contemporary and classic anime titles including Attack on Titan (Trina Nishimura, the voice of Mikasa); Black Butler (Brina Palencia, the voice of Ciel); and Neon Genesis Evangelion (Tiffany Grant and Spike Spencer; the voices of Asuka and Shinji respectively). Florida Anime Experience will also feature a wide variety of Featured Talent presenting at the event including: the Anime 3000 Network, Anime Addicts Anonymous Podcast, Al Aki, Anime America Podcast, Anime World Order, Black Star Anime, the Central Florida Bonsai Club, Dream Fantasy Theatre, Gundamn! Podcast, JETAA Florida, Nerdy Karaoke, Noise Complaint, Orange Anime, the Orlando Kendo Club, SSAA Podcast, and local rock band S.S. Hanami.
Entertainment at the convention includes an anime viewing room, manga library, Japanese video game room, fan and industry panels, Japanese culture panels, costume contests, dance parties, karaoke, and much more. The event schedule can be seen online at www.FloridaAnime.com/schedule.
Florida Anime Experience is made possible through the generous support of a number of local and international sponsors: AnimEigo, Aniplex USA, Coliseum of Comics, CosConTV, FUNimation, the Geek Easy, Glico USA, Guidebook, the Kissimmee Convention and Visitors Bureau, Kobe Japanese Steakhouse, Manga Entertainment, Momocon, Orlando Weekly, Stone Bridge Press, Sus HI Eatstation, and YesStyle.com.
Advance tickets sales are up 68% compared to 2014, and the event expects to exceed 2,000 unique attendees this year.
For press credential and interview requests, please contact the convention production team via email at contact@FloridaAnime.com.
ABOUT GREEN MUSTARD ENTERTAINMENT: Started in 2001 as Wasabi Anime®, Green Mustard Entertainment, Inc. is an event production company that specializes in fan-focused entertainment and pop culture conventions. Based in Orlando, Florida, the company has made appearances and designed entertainment for some of the largest conventions in North America including Anime Expo®, Dragon Con, Florida Supercon, and Gen Con. Green Mustard Entertainment currently owns and operates five fan convention in North America: Florida Anime Experience, Florida Comics Experience, InvaderCON, PinUpalooza, and WasabiCon. Florida Anime Experience 2015 will be their 14th convention since rebranding in 2011.
Hi everyone! The results of the Country Rep elections are out! Here's how voting works. Your elected officers for Florida JETAA discuss and vote amongst ourselves to select which CRs to support. We then cast one vote for the whole chapter. This is one of the duties your elected officers do for Florida JETAA, so keep this in mind as you're casting your vote in our current election. If you have any questions about the process, feel free to contact me at president[at]floridajetaa[dot]org any time.
CR Election Results
Message from Jessyca Livingstone,
- Cheryl Hou (JETAA PNW)
- Monica Yuki (JETAA NY)
- Xander Peterson (JETAA NC)