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Traditions for Celebrating Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year
Lunar New Year starts on Friday, February 16, 2018.  The year 2018 is the Lunar Year of the Dog belonging to the element earth, thus called Yang Male Earth Dog. The 60 Stem-Branch calendar uses the names of Yin-Yang Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth) and 12 animal signs to rank the sequences. The Dog is the eleventh animal of the Chinese...

Guests From Around the World to Attend the First Ever Miss Hollywood Mongolia Pageant in Hollywood, CA

Miss Hollywood Mongolia
An Exclusive Night of Pageantry, Artistry, Music, Fashion, Entertainment, and Cultural Awareness HOLLYWOOD, CA (JANUARY 2018) – Oyugun Inc., is proud to present the first ever Miss Hollywood Mongolia Beauty Pageant, “Witness the Beauty of Mongolia”. The much-anticipated black-tie event will be held Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 6p.m. to 10p.m. with after party immediately following at the Historic Avalon Hollywood located at...

The Stylish Kotatsu Table: The Japanese way of staying warm!

Japanese kotatsu (炬燵) is a low, wooden table frame covered by a futon, or heavy blanket, upon which a table top sits. Underneath is a heat source, formerly a charcoal brazier but now electric, often built into the table itself. Kotatsu are used almost exclusively in Japan, although similar devices are used elsewhere: for example the Spanish brasero or Iranian korsi.  The kotatsu now comes with storage space. Japanese online retailer Rakuten, via interior...

Preserving the Philippine Culture for the New Generation

Preserving the Philippine Culture for the New Generation
Bauan, Batangas – PHILIPPINES – Upon my arrival in Manila last December 7th, I received an invitation from a friend Cecile Cordero-Diaz who, like me, was a former member of the Bayanihan, the Philippine National Dance Company. The invitation was for me to be one of the judges for her upcoming Philippine folkdance competition of “The Elementary, Grades 7, 8, 9, and...

Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival in Orlando to celebrate the Year of the Dog on February 25, 2018

Dragon Parade
Lunar New Year is the most celebrated holiday in East Asia. Although Chinese New Year is not an official holiday in Western countries, many of the Asian organizations in America hold large celebrations and parades to share its spring festivity. Cities like Sydney, London, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco have held many successful Lunar New Year Parades...

Japanese kanji of the year is ‘North’

2017 kanji of the year
KYOTO – The kanji kita (北, north) has been selected as the character best capturing the national mood this year in Japan amid the heightened nuclear and missile threat posed by North Korea, a Kyoto-based kanji promotion organization said Tuesday. Every December the people of Japan select a kanji character that best sums up the social and political zeitgeist of the previous 12...

Chase Zen Foundation Charity Ball in Tampa

While the event opened on a serious note the rest of the evening was full of delicious food, dance, and laughter. There were raffle drawings for door prizes and a silent auction for donated gift baskets and items. Attendees bid on themed alcohol gift baskets, a signed football, Chinese art, and more.
On Sunday December 10th, the Chase Zen Foundation held their annual charity ball at Jackson’s Bistro in Harbour Island. The Chase Zen Foundation is a non-profit organization inspired by the life and beliefs of a young man named Chase Zen. He believed that learning English is a key to improving people’s lives by giving them access to education and...

Tax Reform – The Implication On Small Business Owners

A House-Senate committee has agreed a final tax reform bill —which will make sweeping changes to the income tax code. The House and Senate had voted on and passed the bill on Wednesday, Dec 20, 2017, clearing the way for the President to sign it into law. Individuals should consult with a tax professional to understand how changes to the tax code may...

Preserving the Philippine Traditions

Manila, Philippines – In today's generation, many of our youth are slowly losing their Asian identity when it comes to preserving the traditions and customs of their parents or grandparents. But not in the province of Batangas particularly in the small towns of Lemery and Bauan in the Philippines. I recently visited these two small towns about 2 hours from Manila. A...

Land of the Rising Sun comes to Central Florida

Orlando Japan Festival
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. On Sunday November 5, The Japan Association of Orlando held their 17th Annual Japan Festival at Lakeshore Park in...
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