Gallery Night Artists displaying work on Palafox Street in Downtown Pensacola

Akiko Yamamoto and Yen Shan Lien

Originally from Yamaguchi (west Japan), Akiko serves as the Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) Coordinator for the University of West Florida. Her work aims to promote learning about Japan and its rich culture through a variety of hands-on and experiential programs. Since coming to UWF in Fall 2023, Akiko has led community workshops in Japanese lifestyle, calligraphy, origami, traditional tea ceremonies and more!

For more information on Akiko’s upcoming workshops and other Asian cultural events in Pensacola, visit or follow the UWF Center for Asian Studies on Facebook. To follow Akiko’s journey, check out her page @akiko.pensacola.joi on Instagram.

Taiwan-native Yen Shan Lien serves an an Intensive English Program instructor for UWF and teaches community Mandarin Chinese language classes for beginners. To sign up for her upcoming Chinese course, visit

To check out Yamamoto’s work and learn about Lien’s course, stop by the Featured Artist tent at the intersection of Palafox and Romana Street!