On Sept. 18, 21 and 23, the Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida will host a three-part program entitled “Memories and Heroics: Japanese-Americans During World War II.”
“Memories from the Internment Camps” is a panel discussion where Japanese-American internees and their family members will discuss their experiences. This year is the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which created the internment camps where Japanese-Americans were detained during the war. The program will take place on Sept. 18 at the West Florida Public Library’s main downtown branch (239 N. Spring St.) in meeting room B. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the program will take place from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
“Only the Brave,” a film about the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, will be screened on Sept. 21 at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (40 S. Alcaniz St.) with a talk by director and star Lane Nishikawa. The 44nd RCT, composed almost entirely of “Nisei” (second generation) Americans of Japanese ancestry, was the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the history of American warfare. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the screening and discussion taking place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. There will also be a silent auction for two round-trip airline tickets to Japan, courtesy of ANA. (Some restrictions apply.)
Both programs are free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. R.S.V.P. on Facebook, Eventbrite or the J.A.S. website, www.jasnwfl.org.
Finally, a free in-service program for teachers will be held on Sept. 23 at the Spencer Bibbs Learning Center (2005 N. 6th Ave., room 146) from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Free teaching packets will be made available courtesy of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute. Korematsu was a civil rights activist who challenged the constitutionality of the Japanese internment camps and who was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Breakfast snacks will be served during the program.
Click here to RSVP for “Memories from the Internment Camps.”
Click here to RSVP for “Only the Brave.”
(RSVPs just help us plan for the receptions; you won’t need a ticket for admission.)
The Consulate General of Japan in Miami, The Japan-America Society of North West Florida, Temple Beth El and The Pensacola Jewish Federation invite you to attend the film screening Persona Non Grata at Temple Beth El (800 N Palafox, Pensacola, FL) on Tuesday, March 30, 2017 at 6:00pm.
The movie Persona Non Grata tells the true story of Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese diplomat who acted against orders and saved thousands of Jewish lives from Nazi extermination during World War II. Mr. Sugihara was born in Yaotsu near Gero, Japan. And because Pensacola is Gero’s sister city, The Consulate General of Japan in Miami is providing this special opportunity for showing the film in Pensacola!
We are fortunate that this screening will take place during the 24th delegation of visitors from Gero to Pensacola including 20 junior high school students and four adults.
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We hope to see everyone there!
The Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida will usher in the “Year of the Fire Rooster” with its 23rd annual Japanese New Year Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, at the Wright Place in Pensacola. Festivities will take place from 12 noon until 4 p.m. and will include performances by the popular Matsuriza taiko drummers, martial arts demonstrations, traditional Japanese dancing, music, food vendors, and other cultural displays. A silent auction will also be held, and ticket holders are automatically eligible for door prize drawings.
Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $6 for students or active-duty military, and $4 for Japan-America Society members. Children 12 and under enjoy free admission.
Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $6 for students or active-duty military, and $4 for Japan-America Society members. Children 12 and under enjoy free admission. Advance tickets are available from Sake Cafe and Yamato’s, or online at Eventbrite.
The Wright Place is located at 80 East Wright Street and is part of the First United Methodist Church complex. In addition to street parking, there are five lots adjacent to the church that are available for this event.
The Japan-America Society of Northwest FL and The Consulate General of Japan in Miami cordially invite you to attend the Japan-U.S. Military Program that will be held on Sat., Oct. 22, 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Blue Angels atrium in the National Naval Aviation Museum. Reception follows at the USS Cabot flight deck until 4:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but advance reservation is requested. We hope to see you again.
In April 2014, the Bayview Community Center, the venue that had hosted the Japanese New Year Celebration for many years, was severely damaged in the flooding rains, and the City of Pensacola determined it would not be repaired. The Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida was not able to find a suitable alternative venue, resulting in the cancellation of the 2015 Japanese New Celebration.
But we are happy to announce that we will be back in 2016 with a new venue!
Thanks to a grant from The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, the Japanese New Year Celebration will take place on January 16, 2016 at the Rex Theatre in downtown Pensacola.
Details will be forthcoming, but mark your calendars for a great day of Japanese food, dance, cultural demonstrations, and of course, taiko drumming!
On Nov. 14, as part of the second annual Foo Foo Fest, the Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida will host “Ikebana: The Art of Japanese Flower Arrangement” at the Pensacola Cultural Center.
The featured guest of the event, Chieko Mihori, will host both a morning demonstration of the Sogetsu style of ikebana and an afternoon workshop for those who want to try it for themselves.
Ikebana is the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement. The Sogetsu school of ikebana was founded in 1927 and focuses on freestyle forms and vernacular materials, which makes it appealing for a wide variety of applications and settings.
Mrs. Mihori is a Sogetsu ikebana instructor of the highest rank. Along with her husband James, she was instrumental in founding the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida, where she also serves as Vice President for Cultural Affairs. In 2012, she received The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays, an honor bestowed by the Japanese emperor to individuals who have made significant contributions to the promotion of the nation.
“This is a ‘don’t miss’ event for anyone with an interest in floral arrangements or Japanese culture,” said Joe Vinson, president of the Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida. “Mrs. Mihori is a celebrity in the world of ikebana, and we are very fortunate to have her demonstrate her exquisite living craft to a Pensacola audience.”
Doors open at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14. Children are invited to participate in Japanese crafts all morning in the Cultural Center’s Mezzanine. The demonstration will start at 10:30 in the Mainstage Theater and last approximately 90 minutes. From noon to 1:30 p.m., pre-ordered bento lunches will be served in the Mezzanine. At 1:30 p.m., Mrs. Mihori will host a hands-on workshop in the Cultural Center Atrium lasting approximately two hours. Workshop attendees will create their own ikebana arrangements, which they can take home with them.
Tickets to the morning demonstration are $5, or free for Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida members. Tickets to the afternoon workshop are $50, or $45 for Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida members. Workshop participation is limited to 30 seats, so early registration is encouraged. If workshop attendees have their own floral scissors, they are encouraged to bring them; otherwise a limited number of scissors will be available to share.
Bento-style lunches will be available for $20, or $10 for a child’s bento. Lunches must be ordered in advance. There is no charge to participate in the children’s craft activities, which include making “chitose-ame” candy bags in celebration of the Japanese holiday “Shichi-Go-San.”
Registration is available online or by calling (850) 361-8750. Click here to register at Eventbrite.
A special event honoring U.S. service members who have served in Japan and their family members will take place on Friday, Sept. 4, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola.
The Japan U.S. Military Program (JUMP) connects past and present service members, families, and government civilians who have served in Japan. Sponsored by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, JUMP is a collaborative effort with the Embassy of Japan in the United States and the National Association of Japan-America Societies. The JUMP Pensacola Event is being organized by the Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida, and local sponsors include the Pensacola Council Navy League and the Cpl. J.R. Spears Det. Marine Corps League.
Featured speakers will include Lt. Gen. Duane Thiessen, past commander of the United States Marine Corps Forces Pacific and current president and CEO of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, and the honorable Shinji Nagashima, Consul General of the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami.
Following the program, which will take place in the museum’s Blue Angels atrium, a reception will be held on the USS Cabot flight deck inside the museum.
The program is free and open to the public, but advance reservations are required. If you would like to attend, RSVP by emailing email@example.com or calling (850) 361-8750.