Midnight Diner – 深夜食堂 [Shinya Shokudo]

Shinya Shokudo
Set in a small late night diner in the busy, frenetic Shinjuku district of Tokyo, director Joji Matsuoka's Midnight Diner (深夜食堂- Shinya Shokudo) is a culinary heart-warming drama that intimately delights the senses and comforts the soul. Based on the popular manga and hit Japanese television drama of the same name, Midnight Diner brings a collection of light hearted...

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...

TOP SPIN, a ping pong documentary

Lily Zhang
Inside a cramped, no-frills gym, the clacking sounds of hollow plastic balls whirling at 80 mph are punctuated by exclamations of victory and bitter cries of defeat. Welcome to the hidden world of competitive ping pong. Three fiercely committed teenagers battle their way through the world of elite table tennis. With devoted parents by their side, they have traded normal...

“Grandpa Idols” JiJi-POP

Jiji-POP
Jiji-POP - a music group of five grandfathers, ages ranging from 59 to 80 (an average age of 67.4) are representing Kochi, as a part of the city’s promotional Kochi-ke ALL STARS (高知家 ALL STARS) Nippon Positive Project. The group is being promoted as the first “Grandpa Idol Group.” In fact, the “jiji” (爺) in the group’s name is an...

Asia Trend Magazine Asian Cultural EXPO rocks at Downtown Disney

Eleven performing groups representing China, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam, three audience participating workshops and eight exhibitors made up a 4-hour Asian Cultural EXPO on October 20th at Orlando Downtown Disney. This expo is the vision of GWN Dragon Boat, Orlando Health Foundation, the title sponsor Walgreens and Asia Trend Inc. of bringing the community together to celebrate...

CHRISTMAS illumination in Tokyo Midtown Starlight Garden

CHRISTMAS illumination in Tokyo Midtown Starlight Garden
Tokyo Midtown’s annual Christmas celebration returns with the same theme as last year “Someone is somebody’s Santa Claus” – presumably because they’d like you to buy something from one of the high end shops in the Galleria shopping center. The highlight of the event – as always – is the “Starlight Garden”.  The 2,000m² midtown park square (behind the complex)...

Opening Night of Hong Kong Pulse Light Show

Hong Kong Pulse Light Show
Hong Kong Pulse Night Show has brighten up the famous culture center in Tsim Sha Tsui,  Hong Kong this winter.  The exhilarating multimedia light show with spectacular lighting effects, 3D projection mapping, music and sound effects at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Open Piazza attracts many locals and tourists all over the world.   This 8-minute free performance runs from December 1 to December 28...

International Indian Film Academy brings “Bollywood Oscars” to Tampa

Kevin Spacey, Shahid Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Farhan Aktar Lungi Dance
The International Indian Film Academy  showcased  India’s film industry and stars in Tampa at the  15th Videocon D2H IIFA Weekend and Tata Motors IIFA Awards during April 23-26.  For the first time, the “Bollywood Oscars” were held in the United States and Tampa. At the opening news conference, officials and community leaders looked back at the months of planning and...

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...

2015 Walgreens International Dragon Boat Festival

Orlando’s October 17, 2015 Walgreens International Dragon Boat Festival Presented by Pepsico  was a smashing success. From the gorgeous weather to the rocking paddlers, the competitive race times, the improving recreational teams, the fantastic Asian Festival, the food trucks, beer garden, SWAT Hummer, Orlando Police Department horses, canines, motorcycle and pink squad car and both the children's play area...
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