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!