2016 / Rising Tohoku Food Fair at Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance, Nov. 5-6

Rising Tohoku Food Fair

Cultural Event for Families Promotes Global Awareness of Post-Earthquake Recovery in Tohoku, Japan

Rising Tohoku Food Fair Celebrates the Culinary Specialties, Culture and Beauty of Tohoku with Delicious Foods, Festival & Dance Presentations, Craft Workshops and Photo Ops with City Mascots, Which Will Educate, Entertain, and Engage Children and Adults


Los Angeles – Following its tremendous success last year, the Rising Tohoku Food Fair will once again take place November 5-6, 2016 at Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance. This two-day event, which attracted over 10,000 children and adults in 2015, celebrates the charm and cultural diversity of the Tohoku region of Japan, offering visitors a variety of craft workshops, food displays, festival and dance performances, and photo opportunities with adorable city mascots from the Tohoku region.

“It has been more than five years since the unprecedented disaster, and thanks to your help, the Tohoku region is recovering and is once more becoming a robust region of abundant nature,” says Mr. Hideki Takayama, Deputy Director-General of The Sendai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and spokesperson for the Rising Tohoku Food Fair. “We will present a variety of foods raised amidst nature, and diverse, flavorful products created from them. We hope you will visit the Rising Tohoku Food Fair and enjoy the charms of Tohoku.”

The Rising Tohoku Food Fair presents diverse and flavorful food products originating from the 6 prefectures of Tohoku. There will be a variety of paper craft activities such as coloring, origami, and the writing of wishes on tanzaku, plus photo opportunities with three charming and endearing city-specific mascots.

These city mascots include: Sendai City’s iconic Musubi-maru who wears a samurai costume and resembles onigiri (rice ball); Fukushima City’s adorable Momorin rabbit who represents Fukushima momo (peaches) and ringo (apples); and Aomori City’s Haneton, an adorable pig wearing a hanagata flower hat and dressed in the local haneto costume.

The Festival Dance Stage will feature regional dance presentations, including performances from Sendai City (Suzume dance), Yamagata City (Hanagasa dance), and Morioka City (Sansa dance); and appearances by festival pageant queen Miss Nebuta of Aomori City’s renowned Nebuta festival.

Mitsuwa Marketplace is located at 21515 Western Avenue in Torrance. Fair hours are 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. daily. The full schedule of dance and festival presentations, crafts workshops, photo sessions with mascots and food fair can be found at the link below.

For more information, call 310.782.0335 or visit: http://www.mitsuwa.com/locations/torrance.