Manish’s Zodiac Signs Predictions – Sep 2016

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Aries (21 March – 19 April) - This is a great time to be part of a new project or establishment wherein you are able to apply your learning and offer your many talents as...
Ningyo joruri bunraku

The Art of Ningyo joruri bunraku

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Ningyo joruri bunraku is one of Japan's representative traditional performing arts, a comprehensive art form that combines tayu (chanters), shamisen, and puppets. The puppets themselves are about one-half to two-thirds life-size and have several components:...
Yalda

The longest night of the year, Shab-e-Yalda

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This week millions of Iranic peoples and people of related ethnic groups will be celebrating the longest night of the year – the winter solstice. The celebration in Farsi is referred to as Shab-e...
Sampaguita Ball 2022

FILIPINO SAMPAGUITA BALL 2022 in Tampa

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Saturday, September 24th, 2022 – The Sampaguita Ball 2022 of the Philippine Cultural Foundation, Inc. (PCFI), now in its 28th year, was a tremendous success, with four hundred and seventy attendees this year. The...
Orlando Japan Festival 2015

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

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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...
Fukubukuro Lucky Bag

Buy Your Luck?! New Year’s specialty Fukubukuro – Lucky Bags!

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One of the special and fun New Year’s activities in Japan is the bargain sale called Hatsuuri or the first sale. The highlight of Hatsuuri is the sale of “Fukubukuro” or lucky bags, which...
MUDPACK FESTIVAL OF THE PHILIPPINES

Mudpack Festival of the Philippines

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In June of this year, I went back to the Philippines for a seven weeks’ vacation with no plans and schedule except relax and enjoy my Manila that I missed so much. I also...

Manish’s Zodiac Signs Predictions – Dec 2015

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Aries (21 March – 19 April) - The next four weeks will bring a time for you to make more money and to find new ways to build financial security. You may receive a job offer or opportunity....
Orlando Japan Festival 2015

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

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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...
Sumo

Sumo~Japan’s national sport (martial arts)~ Vol.2 相撲-日本の国技

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As well as a trial of strength in combat and as a Shinto ritual, Sumo was an important ritual at the imperial court. Representatives of each province were ordered to attend the contest at the court and fight....
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