Florida JETAA
23Jun/17Off

Tampa Natsu Matsuri 2017 – Saturday, June 24th!

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Come one, Come all!
FREE Japanese Festival in Tampa tomorrow!

It's almost here - the 2017 Natsumatsuri is tomorrow!  This event, started by JETAA Florida, is Tampa's only community based festival celebrating Japanese culture with fun for the whole family!

There will be Japanese games, local artisans selling Japanese goods and crafts, Japanese entertainment, and of course cosplay! It all starts at 5:00 pm at Christ the King Catholic Church on Dale Mabry.

22Jun/17Off

LAST CALL! JET30 Reunion Registration, Washington, D.C.

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Join with old and new JET friends from around the nation at the JET30 Reunion this summer! From August 4-6 we'll be celebrating with multiple featured fun events for JET alumni in Washington, D.C.

Early-Bird Registration ends 6/30 (Fri.)!
REGISTER NOW!

Registration includes:

  • Access to Alumni Natsukashi Hall, Keynote Welcome and Dynamic Programming throughout the weekend featuring JET alumni and friends of the JET community
  • Reception hosted by the Embassy of Japan Friday night**
  • Networking Breakfast & Lunch  (Saturday)
  • JET30 Reunion Celebration Reception & Dinner (Saturday night—bring your Yukata!)
  • And much more!

See below for registration information from JETAA-USA!


JET30 Reunion -- Early Bird Deadline 6/30

We need your help making this event a huge success by sharing this information via social media and your newsletters! The amazing early-bird pricing of $125 ends on 6/30. Discounted hotel rooms (for non-delegates ends 7/3.

Sign up for JET30: http://usjetaa.org/reunion/

Reserve discounted hotel rooms for guests (non-delegates): Link

Download Information Sheet

24May/17Off

Volunteers Wanted! JETAA FL 2017 Tampa Natsumatsuri

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Sat. June 24 | 5-10 PM | Christ the King Church,  821 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa

Our chapter's flagship event, the Tampa Natsumatsuri, is only one month away! Over the last 12 years, this community organized festival coordinated by JETAA FL has continued to grow in size. Last year, we had an estimated 800 guests visit!

Since this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the JET Program, we want to make it even better -- but we need help from our JET Alumni!

Interested volunteers contact Tom Gregorich, Festival Director: Tampanatsumatsuri@gmail.com

Why is this important?

A core goal of the JET Program is for former participants to continue sharing  their love and knowledge of Japan with people around the world. As a Chapter, we not only strive to create a home for JET alumni, but also provide opportunities for the greater community to engage with Japanese culture.

Tampa Natsumatsuri, under the leadership of alumni John McGee and now Tom Gregorich, has been doing this for the past 12 years. The festival aims to create the real atmosphere of a Japanese summer festival with treats, crafts, dances, martial arts performances, cosplay, and traditional festival games. Tickets for the games are sold at an extremely low price, and admission is always FREE!

10% of festival proceeds go to a Japan-related charity, such as relief and reconstruction for the Great East Japan Earthquake (2011) and the Kumamoto Earthquake (2016). 5% goes to JETAA FL to help with our basic operations, and the rest goes to funding the festival

We'd prefer people to help with full slots, but if you can only dedicate a certain amount of time, we will find a way to work around it! Read on to see how you can help.

Volunteer Slots

Set Up

We're looking for people to help with set up from 3 PM - 5 PM! 

Coffee Jelly

We need someone to make, bring, and sell Coffee Jelly! This is something that JETAA-FL has sold at Natsumatsuri for the last few years. It's really easy to make, and we can give you the recipe, but we're really short-handed this year. Of course, you will be compensated for the cost of materials! 5-9PM (or until it sells out). 

Games

We need volunteers to run game tables during the festival (5 to 9pm). You don't need to bring anything but your enthusiasm! We have all the materials, and can teach you the games on site.

Game examples:

  • wanage 輪投げ
  • shodo 書道
  • omikuji おみくじ
  • kingyo sukui 金魚釣り堀
  • otedaruma お手玉
  • yoyo sukui ヨーヨーつり
  • kids' omocha sukui おもちゃ釣りゲーム
  • origami 折り紙
  • yukata try-on 浴衣
  • shuriken showdown 手裏剣ショウダウン
  • hanetsuki (badminton) 羽根突き
  • daruma otoshi ダルマ落とし
  • ohajiki おはじき
  • taketonbo 竹とんぼ

よろしくおねがいします!

23May/17Off

Buy your 2017 Natsumatsuri shirt!

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Shirts are $15 and come in 4 colors! They won't be sold at the actual festival, so get them while you can!

Proceeds go to help fund the festival.

BUY NOW!

24Sep/16Off

Looking Back: 2016 Tampa Natsumatsuri

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This year, FL-JETAA celebrated the 11th year of the Tampa Natsumatsuri! On June 11th, around 700 guests came out to enjoy the games and performances provided by this FREE community festival -- an all time record for us! The festival was started by John McGee, former board member and current Tampa Region Representative. This year, Orlando Region Rep and former Treasurer Tom Gregorich signed on as Festival Director. Thank you both for all the hard work and the amazing time!

Visit the gallery to see more pictures from the festival.

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31Jul/16Off

2016 JET Program Departure!

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Last Friday, we said goodbye to the newest batch of JET Program participants at a Farewell Reception hosted by the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami. This year, another 46 JETs from Florida were selected to teach all over Japan -- one of our biggest groups yet!

In a rare sighting, Bahia (President), Jennifer (Vice-President), Kyle (Secretary), Lauren (Webmaster), Wendy (South Florida Region Rep.) and Barbara Barret (former Info. Officer) were all together to see them off. We were also glad to be joined by some of our most active South Florida members, Jaclyn, Brian, Gabi, and Barbara.

Congratulations, everyone! We hope to hear about your awesome experiences soon enough!

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14Jul/16Off

2016 Tanabata Hot Pot

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The Tanabata party in South Florida has been a yearly FLJETAA event for some time now, organized by Wendy Lo, our South Florida Region Rep. In the past, it was held potluck style, and everyone came in Yukata. Last year, our Chapter President Bahia hosted it at her house, and we were able to tie some wishes to the bamboo trees she had in her yard.

This year, we were unable to have the potluck at someone's house due to various circumstances. Instead, we decided to have a Tanabata Hot Pot Party! Thanks to the alumni that came out to Lemongrass Hot Pot in Boca Raton. Hope you enjoyed the buffet!

See full photo gallery.

2016 Tanabata Party at Lemongrass Hot Pot

2016 Tanabata Party at Lemongrass Hot Pot

4Jun/16Off

2016 Yukata Bar Crawl – South Florida

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Last month, we had our first Yukata Bar Crawl in South Florida. And what a great turn out! Around 30 people - Both JET Alumni and Friends of JET - came out to the Miami Coffee Kaiwa language meetup, then joined up with us for a night of bar hopping in Coral Gables, FL. Among the places visited: Small Tea, Books & Books, Sushi Samba, and The Bar. Although not everyone could get Yukata for this event, we hope that next time we can get more out there.

Don't live in South Florida? No worries! We're planning for other Yukata Bar Crawls around the state, so keep an eye open for information from your regional representatives.

2016 Miami Yukata Bar Crawl 1

 

24Feb/16Off

2016 Tampa Natsumatsuri Announcement

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JETAA Table at Tampa Natsu Matsuri
Hi everyone,

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Tampa Natsumatsuri has been set for June 11 from 6pm-9pm!

That's right, we're moving to the evening!  This should make it less hot and hopefully easier for people to attend.  It's also more traditional.  We just haven't been in a position to do it until now.

I'm also very please to announce that we have a new festival Director!  Tom Gregorich is a JET alumni who has been active in sharing Japanese culture since his return to the US.  He's been a personal friend of mine for many years and I know he's going to do a great job.  Of course, I'll still be involved, but Tom will be handling most of the coordination.

To help with the transition, we've also established a new email address that is dedicated to festival business.  Please add TampaNatsuMatsuri@gmail.com to your address book and direct festival questions there from now on.  This is the last festival email you'll receive from the Tampakumi address.  But you will still receive emails from me about other Tampa Japanese community events.

As always, we need your help to make the festival a success.  Tampa Natsumatsuri is a non-profit community-based festival.  This means, it's you, the Tampa Japanese cultural community, that make it happen.  So we need exhibitors, vendors, game operators, cosplayers, martial artists...anyone who participates in Japanese culture to come show off what you love.  As I always say, if there's something you've always wanted to see at the festival, that's a good sign you're the one to bring it!

Thanks and see you there,

John

Tampa Natsumatsuri Founder

JETAAFL Tampa Region Representative.

22Feb/16Off

Tohoku Tomo Movie Screenings

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http://tohokutomo.com/

March 2016 is the five year anniversary of the great east Japan earthquake. On March 11, 2011, while the rest of the world watched, much of the northern coast was washed away by the massive tsunami, triggered by a 9.0 earthquake.The tragedy was devastating to Tohoku, Japan, and the entire world. People lost loved ones, their homes, and even their way of life. In the months after the disaster, countless volunteers rallied from around the world and came to Japan’s aid to help begin the long process of rebuilding. Whether by donating money, organizing events, or coming to volunteer, these individuals showed they truly care about Japan and about the people of Tohoku. Tohoku Tomo tells their story.

Tohoku Tomo is 60 minutes in length, with English audio and Japanese subtitles.

These screenings are free and open to the public.

3/30/2016

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1678143389125886/

Where: Miami
Florida International University, Room GL100
Modesto A. Maidique Campus (MMC)
11200 S.W. 8th Street
Miami, Florida 33199

Time: 8:00 PM

Details: The screening begins at 8 PM. From 9 PM - 10 PM we will hold a panel discussion with director Wesley Julian, Consul General Okaniwa, and Bryan Barber (M.A. in Asian Studies and Ph.D. Candidate in International Relations from FIU).

Part of the Global Engagement Film series hosted by FIU's Office of Global Learning Initiatives. Sponsored by Florida JETAA, Office of Global Learning Initiatives, and FIU's Asian Studies Program.

Parking Information

Parking Map FIU

3/31/2016

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/984431898294285/

Where: Orlando
Asia Trend / Y.E.S.S. Center
3201 E. Colonial Dr., Suite M-25,
Orlando, FL 32803
407-270-7073
Inside Orlando Fashion Square near JC Penney

www.yessfl.org
asiatrend.org

Time: 6:00 PM

Details: 6 PM - 7 PM Fundraising by Orlando Tewassa Group

7-7:45 PM Movie Screening

7:45-8:30 PM Discussion and Q&A with Director Wesley Julian

Sponsored by Florida JETAA, Asia Trend, and local community group Orlando Tewassa Group whose mission is to support survivors from Tohoku Earthquake for the long term.

THE 113 PROJECT

A Series of Short Documentary Films Highlighting Tohoku

View at www.113Project.org

From the creative team of the documentary Tohoku Tomo, an IDFA 2015 Finalist with over 30 domestic and international screenings to date, comes the 113 Project, a short film series inviting you to rediscover Tohoku through the eyes of young adults, local businesses, and other communities rebuilding their lives and working towards the future. Featuring over a dozen interviews and stories embodying hope and perseverance, these short films showcase the warmth and beauty of the region while sharing the voices of people who want to let you know how life is today.

The short film series will be available at www.113Project.org beginning March 7, 2016. For questions, please contact info@tohokutomo.com. The public is encouraged to use the hashtag, #TTWeek, for Tohoku Tomo Week, where thoughts, photos, and memories of Tohoku can be shared on social media.

DONATE TO TOHOKU TOMO AND THE 113 PROJECT

As an all volunteer effort, the 113 Project is in need of your support to finalize the production of the short film series. Our goal is to share these moving stories that showcase Tohoku and the warmth of its people.  With your support, we can share these stories across the United States and Japan, and create greater awareness for Tohoku. Donations will be accepted online at TohokuTomo.com.

 

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