The Japanese Restaurant Association of America presents LA Eats Japan, which takes place for the first time in an outdoor venue, on Sunday, November 14, at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St. in Little Tokyo.
Running from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm, the annual food festival will feature local Japanese food stalls, live music, a cosplay competition and a vintage car show, and is expected to attract some 4,000 attendees.
Entrance to the festival is free.
There will be 17 dishes yatai or stands, and an alcohol yatai for the enjoyment of the guests. Traditional Japanese festival dishes including yakitori chicken kebabs, savory okonomiyaki pancakes, curried rice, ramen, yakisoba noodles and sushi will be served by local restaurants from their individual stalls.
Treats such as kakigori crushed ice and baby castella cakes will also be available.
Live performances, including popular techno rock sounds from Repezen Foxx, will be a highlight. Repezen Foxx’s music has become highly regarded culturally in Japan, especially on YouTube, where they have over 3 million subscribers.
Guests will be encouraged to enter the festival’s cosplay costume competition, with the winner receiving a prize of $ 1,000. The second and third place winners will both receive a surprise gift.
In addition to contemporary Japanese cultural performances, the festival will also feature traditional musical and martial arts such as Japanese taiko percussion and karate. A Mikoshi shrine will parade through the streets of the place to ward off misfortune and wish participants happiness.
The Japanese Restaurant Association of America has held the annual Japanese Food Festival in a covered venue since its inception in 1999. Last year, the festival was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
âAfter being canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, our food festival is emerging better than ever. For the first time, it will be held in an outdoor location, âsaid Kentaro Masuda, president of the Los Angeles Japanese Restaurant Association. âCome for authentic Japanese cuisine and the exceptional blend of traditional and contemporary live entertainment.â
The LA Eats JAPAN festival is generously supported by the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles.
Official hashtag: #LAeatsJAPAN
The Japanese Restaurant Association of America is a nonprofit organization established in California in 1999 to serve as a resource for local Japanese restaurants.