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A Whole New World: The Asian Cultural Expo and Walgreens Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival takes places in a new venue

Wah Lum Lion Dance
The 5th Annual Asian Cultural Expo and 8th Annual Walgreens Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival found a new home in Turkey Lake at Bill Frederick Park, on Saturday, October 18. Previously held at Downtown Disney, both events boasted an array of attendees from all across Florida as well as areas around the world. Performers and dragon boat teams traveled from many places such as Canada and Thailand. In the Dragon...

Atlanta JapanFest 2014

Matsuriza Taiko
Atlanta JapanFest 2014 was held at Gwinnett Center in Duluth GA on September 20 and Sep 21. This two-day festival drew over 18,500 attendees, one of the largest attendance figures in the festival’s 28 year history. Atlanta JapanFest has become the largest Japanese festival in the Southeast, and one of the largest in the United States. Photos: Kikuko Moribe & Candy Miyuki JapanFest featured the famous Candy artist Candy...

Asian Cultural Festival at Orlando Fashion Square Draws Thousands for May Heritage Month Celebration

Dragon Dance and Lion Dance
In song, by the rhythm of the dance and to the beat of the drums, the vibrant and diverse Asian cultures of Orlando were on display at the Asian American Heritage Council of Central Florida’s 2014 celebration held on Saturday, May 31. City of Orlando Commissioner Robert Stuart and Acting Consulate General of Indonesia His Excellency Isman Pasha welcomed a...

Festival of India – a vibrant celebration of culture, arts and cuisine

Photos: C.K. Lau (To view the photo album, visit www.facebook.com/asiatrend) The Hindu Society of Central Florida hosted its annual Festival of India on March 29 at the Hindu Society of Central Florida (HSCF) Community Hall and Grounds.  It was a day filled with music, dance, games, competitions, shopping and fun.  A wide range of stalls selling jewelry, clothes, saris, hanna...

AACC Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at Orlando City Hall

Asian American Chamber of Commerce
Photos: Vu Nguyen and C.K. Lau (To view the photo album, visit www.facebook.com/asiatrend) As in previous years, The Orlando City Hall was the venue for the Asian American Chamber of Commerce’s commemoration of the month of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The event also served as the AACC’s annual Meet & Greet with elected officials from the city,...

Ending the Lunar New Year with Historical San Francisco Parade

San Francisco Parade
At precisely 5 p.m. on February 15, San Francisco locals and visitors alike excitedly pressed up against the metal, grill fences that were all lined up along the parade route, ready to end the Lunar Year celebrations with a loud and lengthy bang. All were ready for the explosive display of marching bands, mardi-gras-esque floats, lion dancers, and the...

Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair

On January 25, the annual Chinese New Year Festival and Parade kicked off with the two-day Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair. A San Francisco Chinatown tradition, the Flower Market Fair offered residents and visitors alike a chance to prepare for the lunar New Year. With over 50 exhibitors, the fair welcomed its 400,000 visitors with an array of orchids, bamboo, tangerine and other flower bushes, as...

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...

Mukushin-ryu Kacchu Kumitachi Seminar

Mukushin-ryu Kacchu Kumitachi Seminar
On Nov. 2 the Rising Sun Dojo held their annual Mukushin-ryu Bujutsu Seminar at the Shindai Dojo in Orlando. This year the seminar was kacchu kumitachi – sword combat while in full armor. Teaching the seminar was Ohashi Kenshin, sensei – 15th generation souke (headmaster) of Mukushin-ryu Bujutsu, and the head of Wasaka Ichiryo Gashuka no Kai-a group dedicated to the restoration and preservation of authentic samurai armor (yoroi). Ohashi sensei, along...

Orlando Japan Festival 2013 brings love and joy

Orlando Japan Festival 2013
Orlando Japan Festival, organized by the Japan Association of Orlando (JAO) is one of the largest festivals featuring Japan in Florida. More than 3,000 participants experienced Japanese culture, performing arts, music and cuisines at The Village at Hunter’s Creek on November 3rd. Festival was kicked off at noon by Consul General Shinji Nagashima from Consul-General of Japan in Miami. It is followed by well anticipated “One Hundred Taiko Drummers”...
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