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Japan has rich culture and history with myriad customs that are famed for being unique not only in East Asia, but internationally as well! The Orlando Japan Festival showcases these traditions in a festive and welcoming atmosphere that was definitely memorable.

Matsuriza Taiko
Mr. David Walsh Honorary Consul of Japan and Mr. Ken Okaniwa, Consulate General of Japan in Miami
Kyle Abbott and Mike Penny.

On Sunday November 5, The Japan Association of Orlando held their 17th Annual Japan Festival at Lakeshore Park in Kissimmee. From the powerful beat of the Taiko drums, to the graceful movements of the dancers to the delicious food served at the many stalls, this festival is a community favorite every year!

Koto by Yoshino-kai

The festival had no shortage of food vendors, serving favorites like curry, takoyaki, onigiri and various noodle dishes! Of course there were plenty of desserts ranging from the iconic dango to the aesthetically pleasing shaved ice. There were plenty of booths selling various Japanese wares such as traditional goodies as well as anime and manga merchandise.

Orlando J.Club Tea Ceremony
Japanese Dance by Kodomo Buyou-kai
Rising Sun Martial Arts

The festival kicked off in the morning with opening remarks from the Consul General of Japan all the way from Miami with encouraging words to the Japan Festival, the day went on with a diverse range of performances including the Orlando Taiko Dojo’s performances, traditional Japanese music on instruments like the Koto and the Shamisen, traditional dances, martial arts demonstrations as well as cosplay. Guests could have also dropped by a few booths to take photos in traditional Japanese clothing, a great memory to have of the festival. There was something to enjoy for people of all ages, meaning everyone was able to walk away with appreciation for Japanese culture regardless of age and interests.

Rising Sun Martial Arts
Metro Orlando Judo Kai
UCF Asian students voluteers

It was great seeing the community come together to appreciate Japanese culture, and it is no secret that everyone is excited for next year’s as well!

Photos: Herny Wong, Shally Wong, and C.k. Lau – Asia Trend Magazine (http://AsiaTrend.org/)

Orlando Japan Festival videos at Asia Trend Youtube Channel 

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Khaled Itani
Khaled is a student currently attending the University of Central Florida and is majoring in Biomedical Sciences hoping to be a Doctor one day. He is active in the Asian-American and Muslim-American community, commonly found volunteering at cultural events and festivals. Khaled lives by the motto "Unity in Diversity" and takes it to heart in his ambitions. When he is not studying or volunteering, Khaled is reading, ink painting or catching up on local, national and international politics.