Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Izziban Sushi and BBQ


Society and Culture: Orlando’s Japan Festival and Its Unique Social Experience

Orlando Japan Festival 2015
This was my first time at Orlando's Japan Festival, and it was nothing short of extraordinary. Upon arrival, the energy and interest in the event was obviously apparent. Between the two roads, filled booths of all types, loomed the large main stage in the center where the performances took place. The amount of attendees was remarkable but what was...

Doing Business with Indonesia

Keynote Speaker Henk Saroinsong - Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia
Starting off the conference was an acknowledgement. In the West, not many people know much about Indonesia. The General Consulate, Mr. Henk Saroinsong, joked that he met someone recently who had asked him if Indonesia was close to the Bahamas. We all laughed but underlying the humor was a serious concern. Indonesia is a large country consisting of over 17,000...

Taiko master Mr. Ishikura receives the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendations 2015

Taiko master Mr. Ishikura receives the Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendations 2015
Takemasa Ishikura is one of the 116 individuals to receive the Foreign Minister's Commendations for the fiscal year of 2015 from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Among the 116 individuals, 22 are from Japan and 94 are from overseas. The Foreign Minister's Commendations are awarded to individuals and groups with outstanding achievements in international fields, to acknowledge...

Ben Carson Book Signing in Tampa

Ben Carson Book Signing in Tampa
Top GOP presidential contender Ben Carson’s book tour bus arrived right on schedule at the Carrollwood Barnes and Noble in Tampa Tuesday afternoon.  Surrounded by security , B & N officials and a news crew, Carson was cheered by hundreds of people who waited for hours to get an autographed copy of  “A More Perfect Union: What We the...

Asian Cultural EXPO showcases the beauty of Asian culture through performances and workshops

Asian Cultural EXPO 2015
The 6th annual Asia Trend Asian Cultural EXPO was held together with the Walgreens Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival on October 17, 2015 under a glorious sunny day. Four-hour cultural performances feature dragon dance, lion dance, Chinese instruments, martial arts, taiko drumming, yoyo, tai chi, judo and dances of China, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam. More than 120 performers...

Manish’s Zodiac Signs Predictions – Nov 2015

Aries (21 March – 19 April) - You’ll start the month with a need to establish some self control in order to achieve your goals, but this will have impact on your social life, as you’ll be inclined to be a little willful with your friends and family. Romance might hit a rocky spot but when you stop being fearful...

FELIX MANALO (A classical Epic Movie of the Year)

The movie tells the life story of Felix Yzagun Manalo, the first Executive Minister of Iglesia ni Cristo that was officially established in the Philippines in 1914. Felix Ysagun Manalo is a sprawling historical epic that traces the origin of Iglesia Ni Cristo (The Church of Christ) which is established in the Philippines from its humble beginnings in 1914 through...

Travel the World in a Day at SPIFFS 41st Annual International Folk Fair

From October 29 to November 1, 2015, St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society, Inc. (SPIFFS) and its ethnic member groups will present the 41st Annual International Festival at Vinoy Park on St. Petersburg’s beautiful waterfront, transforming it into a microcosm of the world. In addition to ethnic foods and cultural displays, Folk Fair offers a multitude of special entertainment in...

How China and Adoption Changed One Family’s Life — and Business

When people think of adoption, they sometimes think of doors that have been closed. For adoptees, these closed doors can be abandonment, a disablility or health issue, birth family poverty and unknown pasts. There are sometimes closed doors for adoptive parents as well such as the desire to build a family, but the inability (or sometimes choice) not to...

Japan’s First Female Photojournalist is Still Shooting at the Age of 101

Tsuneko Sasamoto
Tsuneko Sasamoto is a renowned Japanese photographer and the country’s first female photo-journalist. But what is more impressive is that at a grand old age of 101, she’s still  taking pictures and documenting the world around her. Sasamoto, who was born in 1914, perseveres in her work despite having broke her hand and both legs last year. She is now undergoing rehab while...
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