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September 2005
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Taiwanese Cultural Festival
Vancouver is a tough town to get into the culture - there is no Mardi Gras level event that Vancouver is famous for, and many of the instutions (Indy track) are spectator only type events.  But it turns out there are lots of event if you are willing to dig a little and participate a bit.  One of them is the Taiwanese Cultural Festival held every year the plaza of nations.

Stage In Plaze Of NationsFestival DrummersDragon Boats

Food Vender

Really, you are going for the food.  Two years ago I went and missed the oportunity of a lifetime - a stall was selling a book titled "How to Date White Women" with a tall blond girl on the cover.  I don't know why I didn't buy it.  This year I was secretly trying to find this book - no sucess I'm afraid.

Traditional Arts
There were a few things I hadn't seen before.   The first was the demonstration of traditional arts.  There was a large collection of Bonzai plants from a number of different clubs around Vancouver.  The work was in general top quality and the designs innovative.  I've seen Bonzai in Japan, and Vancouver has nothing to be ashamed of.

Bonsai With Exposed WoodZShaped TrunkTwo Bonsai

Second, and this was very cool as well, was a modern version of lanterns.  These big displays are electrically lit and look like they could be part of a parade, but are also very well done.

Big RoosterDragon Coming Out Of WaterMusical Lantern

Finally, and this was a bit of a surprise, was the Barbie Doll display.  Lots of Asian outfits (many traditional and period Taiwanese outfits) on white (and a few modified) barbie dolls.  Impressive, if only for the number of people that must make doll clothes.

Insane Paper FoldingEvening DressesTraditional Barbies

Jin's High school friends went out to dinner and then came over for desert.  I happened to have a lot of fruit from a dinner party the night before so it worked out well.

DessertJin And Janey

Thanks everyone! 

Evening Dresses
Tags: toy
Dragon Coming Out Of Water
Tags: dragon, lantern, translucence
Bonsai With Exposed Wood
Tags: bonsai
Insane Paper Folding
Tags: performance
Big Rooster
Tags: lantern, translucence
Food Vender
Tags: market, street food
Traditional Barbies
Tags: toy
Festival Drummers
Tags: performance
Two Bonsai
Tags: bonsai
Person: Amenda, Helen, Jesse, Jin, John, Angela
Stage In Plaze Of Nations
Tags: performance
Dragon Boats
Location: Go To...
Tags: boat, Vancouver, water sports
ZShaped Trunk
Tags: bonsai
Musical Lantern
Tags: lantern, translucence
Jin And Janey
Person: Jin
Tags: translucence(3), lantern(3), bonsai(3), performance(3), toy(2), water sports(1)
People: Jin(2), Amenda(1), Helen(1), Jesse(1), John(1), Angela(1)
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