The Japanese Restaurant Association of America presents LA eats Japan, set for the first time in an outdoor venue. The annual food festival will feature local Japanese food booths, live music, a cosplay contest, and a classic car show at the LA Japanese American Cultural & Community Center: 244 San Pedro St. Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, November 14 from 11:00 a.m. till 8:00 p.m. The event expects to draw in 4,000 attendees.
There will be 17 food yatai or stalls, and one alcohol yatai for guests to enjoy. Traditional Japanese festival foods including yakitori chicken skewers, savory okonomiyaki pancakes, curry rice, ramen, yakisoba noodles and sushi will be served by local restaurants from their individual booths. Sweet treats such as kakigori shaved ice and baby castella cakes will also be available.
Live performances, including the popular hardcore techno sounds of “Repezen Foxx,” will be a highlight. Repezen Foxx’s music has become very well liked 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. The winner of the competition will receive a prize of $1,000. Second and third place winners will both receive a surprise gift.
In addition to contemporary Japanese cultural performances, the festival will also showcase traditional musical and martial arts such as Taiko Japanese percussion and Karate. A mikoshi portable shrine will be paraded through the venue streets to ward off misfortune and wish happiness upon attendees.
Admission to the festival is FREE.
The Japanese Restaurant Association of America has hosted the annual Japanese Food Festival at an indoor venue since its inception in 1999. Last year, the festival was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s festival will follow COVID-19 protocols, and attendees will be asked to wear a mask.
“After being canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, our food and cultural festival emerges better than ever. For the first time, it will be held in an outdoor venue,” said Kentaro Masuda, President of the Los Angeles Japanese Restaurant Association. “Come for the authentic Japanese cuisine and the outstanding mix of live traditional and contemporary performances.”
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 non-profit organization established in California in 1999 to serve as a resource for local Japanese restaurants.