SFPJS Partners

The SFPJS partners include Florida Atlantic University (FAU), the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, and the Florida Delegation of the Southeast U.S. / Japan Association (SEUS / Japan). The SFPJS also collaborates with outreach organizations including local community colleges, such as Miami-Dade College and Broward College, in addition to the Association of Florida Teachers of Japanese, Miami Hoshuko, and the Japan Business Association of Miami.

The Asian Studies Certificate at Florida Atlantic University includes a component on Japanese language up to the intermediate level as well as area studies courses, such as “History of East Asia” and “History of Modern Japan.” Dr. Heine recently served as a consultant for FAU’s Department of Education Title VI grant on Undergraduate Education in Asian Studies, giving him important connections with the FAU program. That grant project was used to enhance studies of East Asia and the Middle East, and helps to set the stage for further enhancements in the area of Japan.

Since its opening in 1977, the prestigious Morikami Museum has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida, with rotating exhibitions in its galleries, tea ceremonies performed monthly, an educational outreach program with local schools and organizations, and Japanese traditional festivals celebrated for the public several times a year. The 17-acre garden, planned by renowned garden designer Hoichi Kurisu, demonstrates how Japanese garden design changed over 1,000 years of Japanese history, from the Heian to the Meiji Periods.

SEUS/Japan is Florida’s leading private, non-profit statewide organization devoted to promoting trade, investment, cultural, and educational exchanges between Florida and Japan’s top business leaders and government officials. This organization has planned a series of annual Florida-Japan Summit meetings that will continue and be integrated into goals of the SFPJS project.

The Association of Florida Teachers of Japanese (AFTJ) is a statewide network and resources for language and culture teaching that meets regularly at FIU and FAU. Miami Hoshuko offers junior-high and elementary students of Japanese descent the opportunity to learn Japanese language and math using Japanese textbooks in the hope that students will be able to experience school life as though they were in Japan. As part of SFPJS, the Miami Hoshuko will send teachers to faculty workshops on Japanese culture education. The Japan Business Association of Miami is a rapidly growing business organization that aims to create business opportunities and promote Japan for Japanese and international companies based in Miami, Florida. During the third year of the grant, the Japan Business Association of Miami will co-sponsor and coordinate with the Florida–Japan Summit.

The Consulate General of Japan in Miami serves the Japanese population residing in Florida, and also promotes Japanese culture and business throughout the state. The purpose of this page is to promote Japanese cultural events happening in the state of Florida, consulate and Japanese government events, and travel to Japan.

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program began in 1987 as a way to improve exposure to international culture and language throughout Japan. Since then, thousands of young university graduates from around the world have participated on the JET Program. With its successful history and its support from the Japanese government, the JET Program remains one of the leading language and cultural exchange programs in the world. Many JETs continue to promote intercultural and international awareness in their homes and careers long after completing the JET Program. Through the efforts of international JET Alumni Association groups, JETs are able to maintain their relationships not only with the program, but also with fellow former and future JET participants. The United States of America contributes over half of all JET participants currently in Japan.

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