Museum | Japanese American National Museum

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JANM last December when they partially transformed the hallway into an ocean.

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Event Photography | 117th Golden Dragon Parade

LA Chinatown’s Golden Dragon Parade is always a blast and culminates with the lighting of firecrackers. I highly recommend getting there early to beat the crowds (and getting decent parking. If you want to be near the firecrackers at the end try camping towards the Broadway/Cesar E Chavez intersection OR Broadway/Ord (just start making your way towards the Dragons once you see the last lions pass to at least see the firecrackers)

Make sure to check out Lei Min Way after as that’s where a lot of events/activities are centered!

Podcastic Fantastic | Mythcreant

I just discovered the Mythcreant Podcast! Its a great podcast that talks about world building, character creation and a lot more topics regarding RPG’s and stories.Their also doing an actual play episodes in the Star Wars Universe!

Some suggested episodes:

Ep. 18 – Subverting Expectations
Ep. 19 – Character Death
Ep. 61 – Stories That Do Diversity Right 

Last Ship of the Republic

Their website is http://mythcreants.com/

Let me know what you think! And if you have suggestions for gaming podcast please put it in the comments section!

Event Photography | Pacific Bridge Concert

Got to cover the first Pacific Bridge Concert at the Los Angeles City Hall a few months ago! It featured an amazing lineup of Asian-American Artist and hosted by the awesome Jenny Yang!

Their line up featured:

Tribal Theory
Joseph Vincent
Kevin Oh
Awkwafina
Dumbfounded
Run River North
Jhene Aiko

 

Event Photography | Project by Project – Plate by Plate

One of my favorite yearly events is the Project by Project – Plate by Plate. Every year they organize a food tasting event to benefit a non-profit of their choosing.

To learn more about Project by Project and the great work they do in the community check out their website or facebook page!

Culture | Native American Hoop Dance

 

Hoop Dance

We encountered a hoop dancer at our stop on the way to Antelope Canyon. He gave us an explanation of the dance and what it symbolizes.

There’s a yearly competition in Arizona that I would love to attend.
http://heard.org/event/hoop/

And if you want to some performances and learn more follow these these links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGzrF8LoHWs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niRs_VIqzYU

 

 

 

Hike | Mojave National Preserve

Went to 2 Trails when I visited the Mojave National Preserve.

Rings Loop Trail is an easy 1.5 hike that starts at the Hole in the Wall Visitor Center. If you’re working on a National Park Passport there is a stamp located inside the center.

Kelso Dunes can be easy or challenging depending on how far you go. There are no trails but the footprints are a good hint on where to go. I recommend going there later so you can catch the sunset (if you’re ambitious go during sunrise!). Bring a towel and find some shaded area to just take in the sights and sounds of the desert. Also have lots of water and a flashlight.

You can get more info here:
https://www.nps.gov/moja/index.htm

Exhibit @ The Getty Museum: Cave Temples of Dunhaung

 

Photos of the replica caves from the Cave Temples exhibit. The reason behind the replicas is to educate as well as help preserve the sites from wear and tear. When you visit make sure to get the tickets asap to see it, then go to the exhibit at the Research Institute to see artifacts from the site and to learn more about the history of the site as well as conservation efforts.

Pictures are not allowed in the Research Institute but my favorite item is the Pilgrims letter of introduction/passport. It is written in multiple languages and in my opinion one of the more unique items. The conservation section covers how they preserve the site, shows the materials used and samples on how the temples were constructed.

For more information you can check out the Getty’s Website:
http://www.getty.edu/research/exhibitions_events/exhibitions/cave_temples_dunhuang/index.html