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Japanese culture, food, and excitement at the Orlando Japan Festival

Orlando Japan Festival 2015
The Orlando Japan Festival is an annual event put on by the Japan Association of Orlando, the local Orlando Japanese community, and is one of my favorite events of the year – where you can have a taste of the street food from Japan like takoyaki octopus balls to gyu don beef rice bowls, and of course sushi, all...

The first ever Hello Kitty Convention in the world

On November 2nd, Sanrio celebrated their famous character’s 40th anniversary by hosting the very first Hello Kitty convention in Los Angeles, California. This sold out event featured themed art exhibits, food, workshops, and exclusive products. Yuko Yamaguchi, the main designer of Hello Kitty even made an appearance to give hundreds of lucky ticket holders a personalized autograph! Hello Kitty...

The Mills 50 Dumpster Art Project wins Main Street Award!

Artist: Bethany Taylor Myers
The Mills 50 Dumpster Art Project, made possible through funds from the Mayor’s Matching Grant program won the City of Orlando Main Street Award for “Best Design!” Fifteen dumpsters, painted by local artists, were transformed into pieces of public art. Over 50 artists submitted drawings to be considered for this project. Two years ago, the Mills 50 “Art Box” project was named “Best Design” in the...

Unique Wings To Walls Mural Unveiling Celebrates Orlando B-Boy Dance Talent

As part of the Wings to Walls art in public places initiative partnership by the Mills 50 District and Red Bull, local artist  Andrew Spear is creating and unveiling the second of a three-part mural project that will be on the Little Saigon building at the corner of East Colonial Drive and Thornton Avenue.  The mural portrays breakdancing and...

Mills 50 Art Box Repainting Project

Mills 50 Public Art Project
Mills 50 solicited donations from businesses and residents to fund the repainting of five “art boxes”, after the City of Orlando replaced them with new utility cabinets.  Many thanks to the generous donors who made the repainting project possible: Amy Rossi Allstate Insurance/ Jennifer Loveitt, David Bernatavitz, Dr. Puxiao Cen, Magdalena Dalsjo, Jeanette Dixon, David K. Gibson, Pauline Ho,...

Miyuki Sugimori – one of the 15 Japanese candy craft (Amezaiku) artists in the world

Candy Miyuki
Miyuki is an Ame Zaiku artist who had performed at Epcot’s Japanese Pavilion inside the World Showcase since 1996; with her last performances occurring on November 23, 2013. Miyuki is one of the only women trained in Ame Zaiku or Japanese Candy Art, a candy artistry dating back 250 years to the Edo period. There are only 15 formally...

Mills 50 Art Box Repainting Project

The art box, painted by Lee Vandergrift, includes color, creativity and fun.
Mills 50 solicited donations from businesses and residents to fund the repainting of five “art boxes”, after the City of Orlando replaced them with new utility cabinets. Many thanks to the generous donors who made the repainting project possible: Amy Rossi Allstate Insurance/ Jennifer Loveitt, David Bernatavitz, Dr. Puxiao Cen, Magdalena Dalsjo, Jeanette Dixon, David K. Gibson, Pauline Ho,...

“Picturing Main Street” Call for Artists

Mills 50
“Picturing Main Street” showcases Orlando’s artists and the city’s eight Main Street districts: Audubon Garden District, Church Street, College Park Partnership, Downtown South, Ivanhoe Village, Mills50, Semoran Business Partnership, and Thornton Park. Participating artist must produce one or more works depicting their vision of one or more of Orlando’s Main Street districts. Participating artists need not live or work in...

Taiwanese collection of priceless violins to make a homage visit to Cremona, Italy

Wen-Long Hsu presents a violin to Carlo Chiesa.
On September 18, during a ceremony at the Chi Mei Museum in Tainan City, Taiwan, a collection of violins were displayed to the media and given a suitable sendoff by their caretakers before embarking on their journey to the Cremona Violin Museum in northern Italy. The heads of the Chi Mei Museum and the Chi Mei Culture Foundation attended...

Uproar of Taiko Drumming in San Francisco

Fushu Daiko & Matsuriza from FL
San Francisco Taiko Dojo celebrated their 45th anniversary in 2013. Taiko is a traditional Japanese Drumming which has widely spread amongst United States in the past few decades. Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka, who established San Francisco Taiko Dojo, was the first to bring this cultural art performance to America. Ever since, the number of students exceeded 15,000, and he has been recognized by many countries. Last year, he...
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