“Hina-matsuri” —Doll Festival (Girls’ Day)

Girls’ Day = Doll Festival is called Hina-matsuri which is celebrated on March 3rd. In old times, people displayed peach blossoms to purify the environment (to get rid of evil spirits) in the peach blossom season. Another custom was that girls floated straw dolls or paper dolls down a river or streams to the sea to purify themselves. Those dolls...

When tradition meets modernity

Candy Miyuki at UCF
While some aspects of Japanese food culture, like sushi, and ramen have become more main stream around the world, there are still many traditions and cultural aspects which remain relatively unknown to the general public. For this reason, the Consulate General of Japan in Miami, in collaboration with Ms. Candy Miyuki, organized a Japanese Candy Art and Character Bento demonstration...

Discover This Drink: Makgeolli

Makgeolli is traditional Korean rice wine that is gaining its popularity in Korea among Generation X and Millennials (those who are born in 1965-1993). The native drink to Korea, has been around since the 9th century Goryeo Dynasty -- in the reign of King Taejo -- the drink, however, in its modern times has largely fall flat in...

My Life in China

Independent film director, Kenneth Eng, recently graced our Central Florida for the East Coast Premiere of his documentary film, “My Life in China,” at the 2015 Florida Film Festival. During the festival, we received an opportunity for a behind-the-scenes meet and greet with him at the Asia Trend / YESS Center on April 14, 2015. Eng was officially selected for...

Central Florida Dragon Parade welcomes the year of goat

Miss Vietnam Florida Pageant
Watch the Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival videos at Youtube.com/AsiaTrend On February 22, 2015, Orlando’s Fashion Square Mall hosted the 4th-Annual Central Florida Dragon Parade and Lunar New Year Festival, welcoming in the year of the goat. The festivities started off outside, with the Dragon parade followed by 5 hours of festivities and entertainment inside. The turnout was phenomenal, and a great time was had by...

Dreams will come true if you believe

Central Florida Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival 2015
I admit that the Central Florida Dragon Parade and Lunar New Year Festival is the biggest thing I have ever done so far in my life. This crazy idea came into life four years ago when the Executive Director of Mills 50 Joanne Grant reached out to me through Ricky Ly for ways to promote the Mills 50 District to...

Orlando Downtown Library hosts Chinese New Year event

Chinese School of CAACF
Orlando downtown library-goers got a chance to celebrate the Chinese New Year through a one-hour program presented by the Chinese School of CAACF on February 21, the third day of the Lunar New Year. CHARGE dragon boat team of CAACF kicked off the program by performing a dragon dance, marching from the outside. Dragon dance, signifying the power, prosperity and...

2015 Vietnamese New Year Festival in Orlando hosted by the Vietnamese Catholic Church

Photos: Don Vu and Ricky Ly On Jan 31 weekend, the Vietnamese Catholic Church of Orlando, St Philip Phan van minh hosted their annual Vietnamese New Year Festival at the Central Florida Fairgrounds for 2015 – the year of the goat/sheep. The festival is full of Vietnamese street food vendors, playground and game area for kids, performances and cultural shows, and...

A Dream of a Drummer: Taiko drummer Jason Seymore raises funds to study taiko in Japan

Musicians dream of making it big by selling millions of records and performing for arenas full of people, but taiko drummer Jason Seymore follows a different beat. Instead of playing for the masses, Seymore plans to teach music to classes by opening his own taiko drumming school. Before he can do that, Seymore must study in the place where...

Japanese culture, food, and excitement at the Orlando Japan Festival

Orlando Japan Festival 2015
The Orlando Japan Festival is an annual event put on by the Japan Association of Orlando, the local Orlando Japanese community, and is one of my favorite events of the year – where you can have a taste of the street food from Japan like takoyaki octopus balls to gyu don beef rice bowls, and of course sushi, all...
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