The Japanese American Museum currently has an exhibit on Polynesian culture. It features photographs of how a tattoo is applied, the people involved in the process, and the ones tattooed. Its ongoing from now till 1/8/2017!

For more information you can check out this link


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!

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.

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





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:

Sushi (Is there a right way to eat it?)

Went to eat sushi and felt a little lost with some of the etiquette that goes with it (along with what to order). But hunger and wanting to try eating at the sushi bar won out in the end.

So what did I learn?

1. Ask the chef questions! like the saying goes “He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever”.

2. Fried Shiitake Mushroom easily became my new favorite happy hour item.

3. It doesn’t hurt to try something different and if you still have doubts ask questions!

4. Take in the action, its almost like a show to watch them prepare your food.

5. There is etiquette to follow and since I’m no expert in that aspect I am leaving this Eater LA link. Watch it, Its very informative!

6. Last but not least is eat slowly, if you’re like me and have the tendency to inhale your food I suggest not doing it here (or anywhere in general really).

What’s your favorite and least favorite sushi? and if you saw the video is there any other etiquette I should be aware of for the next time I go?