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AsiaFest Tampa Bay 2014

Suncoast Association of Chinese Americans (SACA) Dragon Dance
The Tampa Bay area celebrated the 31st anniversary celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage month, which is May, with its annual Asia Festival and Dragon Boat Races on April 26h.  Fourteen Asian countries, the United States and Florida were represented at the community festival at Cotanchobee Park in the Channelside area of Tampa.  Visitors also came to watch the...

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”...

日の出文化クラブ: Hinode Bunka Club – New Japanese Cultural and Language Group lesson at Rising Sun Dojo in Kissimmee

Rising Sun Martial Art Dojo has been offering authentic Japanese Karate and Iai (swordsmanship) lessons in Kissimmee, Florida the last 6 years. The mission of the dojo is to teach students not only skills, but also attitude and philosophy behind martial art. Mrs. Rie Campbell is the wife of Mr. Pete Campbell, owner and instructor of Rising Sun Martial Art Dojo. She has been sharing her passion...

Korean Culture Summer Camp & Korean Food Festival keeps Korean culture alive

Korean Culture Summer Camp & Korean Food Festival
Korean American Association of Central Florida hosted the 2nd annual Korean Culture Camp at the Orlando Korean Presbyterian Church from July 15th to July 19th followed by the Korean Food Festival on July 19th at the Eastmonte Civic Center. The purpose of the camp is to provide Korean cultural education to the Korean Americans at the Greater Orlando area. (Several) overseas teachers from Korea spent a week...

A painting by contemporary Chinese artist Qi Baishi gets 80 mln dollars in auction

Qi Baishi
A painting by contemporary Qi Baishi Pine Intergraph masterpiece “Pine Tree and Eagle” is starting from a base price US$ 28 million, is fierce competition for collectors, and ultimately to US$ 70 million final, plus 15% commission, the total reached US$ 80.5 million, a record one piece Chinese painting and calligraphy auction this year, the highest on record. Qi Baishi was an influential Chinese painter. Qi was born in...
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