Author: Mariya

Reception welcoming Gero delegation to be held July 10

The Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida will host a reception at Pensacola City Hall on Friday, July 10, to welcome guests from Pensacola’s Japanese sister city, Gero, and to celebrate the tenth anniversary of sister city relations between Pensacola and Gero. The sister city relationship actually dates back to 1993, when when Mr. Tsuneji Taguchi,…

JAS “Hamakaze” Newsletter – Summer/Fall 2014

The Summer/Fall 2014 edition of “Hamakaze” (or “The Sea Breeze”), the newsletter of the Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida, has just been released. Topics covered in this issue: Events to Tie Our Community: Bon Fest & Film Festival Sister City Gero Donated $12,837 to City of Pensacola for the April Flooding Relief Shinji Nagashima, the…

New Year Celebration to be held January 25

The Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida will usher in the “Year of the Horse” with its 21st annual Japanese New Year Celebration on Saturday, January 25, 2014, at the Bayview Community Center in Pensacola. Festivities will take place from 12 noon until 4 p.m. and will include performances by the popular Matsuriza taiko drummers, martial…

Michael Conrad reviews four Japanese films

Michael Conrad is the 2012-2013 president of the First City Art Center board of directors. Since college, I have had a keen interest in non-mainstream movies. My roommate was the campus projectionist, and he would allow me to sit with him and watch some of the most obscure movies that had been made in the…

Japanese Film Festival on May 11

The Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida will present a Japanese Film Festival on May 11 from noon to 9pm at the Movies 4 theater in Gulf Breeze. The three movies to be screened at this inaugural event are Yojimbo, Ping Pong and Summer Wars. There will also be food and drink tastings, short video segments about Japan’s recovery since…

20th annual Japanese New Year Celebration on January 19

The Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida will usher in the “Year of the Snake” with its 20th annual Japanese New Year Celebration on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at the Bayview Community Center in Pensacola. Festivities will take place from 12 noon until 4 p.m. and will include performances by the popular Matsuriza taiko drummers, martial…

Report on the 9th Annual Florida-Japan Summit

The 9th Annual Florida-Japan Summit was held in Pensacola, Florida, on June 14 and 15, 2012. It was funded by a grant from the Center for Global Partnership of the Japan Foundation. A welcoming reception was held at the Japan House and International Center of the University of West Florida. The master of ceremonies was Jim…

Pensacola hosts Florida-Japan Summit

The 9th Annual Florida-Japan Summit is coming to the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front on June 15. The Summit aims to foster business and cultural ties between Florida and Japan through presentations and networking opportunities. Past programs have been held in Tallahassee, Delray Beach, Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville. Admission to this year’s Summit is free, but…