On Monday, December 16th, the Asian Studies program hosted Japan Immersion Day, Viva Japon! "¡Viva Japón! Taiko & Etc." is an educational and cultural outreach event organized by Florida International University’s Japanese Language Program in association with the Modern Languages Department, Asian Studies Program, and the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami. Its core mission is to offer a rare opportunity to engage first-hand with a wide variety of Japanese arts to 1) students interested in Japan at the Grade 9-16 levels and 2) local residents in South Florida. Central to this new event will be its partnership with “*Japan Immersion Day*,” an annual celebration of Japanese culture that FIU’s Modern Languages Department and Asian Studies Program hosts in cooperation with the Association of Florida Teachers of Japanese (AFTJ) and the Consulate General of Japan in Miami. Japan Immersion Day has been a mainstay of the Japanese Program’s cultural outreach efforts since 2000 and attracts a large number of students and faculty from both inside and outside the Asian Studies disciplines with its calligraphy demonstrations, sushi workshops, and kimono try-ons. As a well-established event in the university community and beyond, we are confident that Japan Immersion Day will provide our own event with a great deal of exposure.
The main mission of "¡Viva Japón! Taiko & Etc." is to introduce a Japanese cultural outreach event that can provide large-scale Japanese arts performances and workshops to complement the smaller-scale, more intimate activities of Japan Immersion Day. South Florida is home to Japanese cultural and musical artists from a variety of disciplines. Yet, strangely enough, there are no community-based events that bring all of them together in the name of promoting Japanese culture. For this reason, this event will feature local ikebana professionals, taiko artists, koto players, and Japanese martial arts experts. **Event Sponsored by the Association for Florida Teachers of Japanese (AFTJ), Department of Modern Languages, Asian Studies Program, and the Consulate of Japan in Miami.