2022 / The 7th Annual Delicious Little Tokyo Presents New Taste Experiences Saturday, June 25 – Sunday, June 26

Go Little Tokyo, Little Tokyo Community Council’s community-based small business marketing initiative, reveals a full schedule of new and returning favorite taste experiences and workshops during the 7th annual Delicious Little Tokyo taking place Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, 2022.

The immersive, two-day event presents new ways to indulge in authentic culinary and cultural experiences with hands-on workshops, free activities and giveaways, and three deliciously themed, self-guided foodie tours including J-Town Treats & Eats, Matcha Mania and Little Tipsy Tokyo.

Sip and snack your way through the iconic neighborhood while discovering Little Tokyo’s most beloved restaurants and businesses.

DELICIOUS LITTLE TOKYO SCHEDULE

History of Little Tokyo Food Tour (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, June 25, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. & Sunday, June 26, 2 p.m. | $36 per person

In partnership with Little Tokyo Historical Society and the Japanese American National Museum (JANM), take a stroll back in time to learn about Little Tokyo’s rich food history! The educational walking and tasting tour led by Bill Watanabe and Mike Okamura of the Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS) will highlight the history of some of Little Tokyo’s longest standing small businesses and culinary favorites such as imagawayaki and shabu shabu.

From the birthplace of the fortune cookie to the first ramen noodle shop in the United States, these sites were integral in the making of our Little Tokyo community and Japanese American food landscape that we know today.

 

J-Town Treats & Eats

Saturday, June 25, 1-3 p.m. check-in window | $65 per person

Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of Little Tokyo and pick up sweet and savory treats, as well as a limited edition tote bag, enamel pin, and a couple of special items from two of the oldest retail shops in the neighborhood.

The final stop will welcome you to LT’s hidden oasis, the James Irvine Japanese Garden which is connected to the new Toshizo Watanabe Culinary Cultural Center at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center.

 

Matcha Mania

Saturday, June 25, 1-3 p.m. check-in window | $32 per person

Meet your matcha match on this self-guided walking tour of Little Tokyo. This tour ticket includes four matcha treats as well as a limited edition Delicious Little Tokyo 2022 matcha soft serve enamel pin.

 

Little Tipsy Tokyo

Sunday, June 26, 12-2 p.m. check-in window | $85 per person

Enjoy a boozy Sunday brunch featuring specialty cocktails from three of Little Tokyo’s favorite bars alongside delicious food pairings, as well as a limited edition Little Tokyo tote bag, choice of Little Tokyo enamel pin, and event passport.

 

J-Town Bingo

Saturday, June 25 & Sunday, June 26, 12-4 p.m.

Little Tokyo lovers of all ages are welcome to enjoy J-Town Bingo, an interactive way to explore, learn about, and support the historic neighborhood. Pick up a bingo card upon check-in and complete fun tasks around Little Tokyo.

Get bingo for the chance to spin the Delicious Little Tokyo wheel for special prizes. At the end of the weekend, all bingo cards will be entered to win a Delicious Little Tokyo grand prize valued over $200.

 

WORKSHOPS

Saturday

Furoshiki (Cloth Wrapping), 1-2 p.m. | $30 per person ticket includes a furoshiki cloth made in Japan from legacy business Rafu Bussan

Kokedama (Moss Ball Bonsai), 2:30-4 p.m. | $60 per person ticket includes materials to create one kokedama to take home

 

Spam Musubi with Aloha Cafe, 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Youth hands-on workshop. Stay tuned for more information

 

Summertime in the James Irvine Japanese Garden, 12–4 p.m. | Free and open to the Public

 

Sun Noodle Saimin at the Toshizo Watanabe Culinary Cultural Center (JACCC), 12–3:30 p.m. | $18 per person

 

Shodō Calligraphy Demonstration, 2-2:30 p.m. | Free and open to the public

 

Go Little Tokyo Pop-Up Shop, 12–4 p.m.

Support the Little Tokyo Community Council in style! Stop by to pick up Little Tokyo sweatshirts, tote bags, enamel pins, vinyl stickers, and hats. Proceeds benefit the Little Tokyo Community Council.

 

Sunday

Emoji-pan Workshop with Okayama Kobo, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. | Decorate your very own Emoji-Pan (chocolate and custard filled sweet bun) at Okayama Kobo.

 

Donut Decorating Station at Cafe Dulce, 1–4 p.m. | Stop by to decorate (and eat!) your very own Dulce donut with glaze and special toppings all of your choosing.

 

DIY Summer Blooms Workshop with Moon Jar Design, 2:30–4 p.m. | Learn how to make a beautiful and sustainable arrangement with summer flowers.

 

Go Little Tokyo Pop-Up Shop, 12–4 p.m.

Support the Little Tokyo Community Council in style! Stop by to pick up Little Tokyo sweatshirts, tote bags, enamel pins, vinyl stickers, and hats. Proceeds benefit the Little Tokyo Community Council.

 

For more information on tours, workshops and activities, and to purchase tickets visit littletokyola.org/delicious.