The Japanese Restaurant Affiliation of America presents LA Eats Japan, set for the primary time in an out of doors venue, on Sunday, Nov. 14, on the Japanese American Cultural & Group Middle, 244 S. San Pedro St. in Little Tokyo.
Happening from 11 a.m. till 8 p.m., the annual meals competition will function native Japanese meals cubicles, reside music, a cosplay contest, and a traditional automobile present, and is anticipated to attract some 4,000 attendees.
Admission to the competition is free.
There will likely be 17 meals yatai or stalls, and one alcohol yatai for visitors to take pleasure in. Conventional Japanese competition meals, together with yakitori rooster skewers, savory okonomiyaki pancakes, curry rice, ramen, yakisoba noodles and sushi, will likely be served by native eating places from their particular person cubicles.
Candy treats reminiscent of kakigori shaved ice and child castella desserts may even be out there.
Reside performances, together with the favored rock techno sounds of Repezen Foxx, will likely be a spotlight. Repezen Foxx’s music has turn out to be very effectively favored culturally in Japan, particularly on YouTube, the place they’ve over 3 million subscribers.
Visitors will likely be inspired to enter the competition’s cosplay costume competitors, with the winner receiving a prize of $1,000. Second- and third-place winners will each obtain a shock reward.
Along with modern Japanese cultural performances, the competition may even showcase conventional musical and martial arts reminiscent of taiko Japanese percussion and karate. A mikoshi shrine will likely be paraded by the venue streets to thrust back misfortune and want happiness upon attendees.
The Japanese Restaurant Affiliation of America has hosted the annual Japanese Meals Competition at an indoor venue since its inception in 1999. Final yr, the competition was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“After being canceled in 2020 attributable to COVID-19, our meals competition emerges higher than ever. For the primary time, it will likely be held in an out of doors venue,” stated Kentaro Masuda, president of the Los Angeles Japanese Restaurant Affiliation. “Come for the genuine Japanese delicacies and the excellent mixture of reside conventional and modern performances.”
The LA Eats JAPAN competition is generously supported by the Consulate Normal of Japan in Los Angeles.
Official hashtag: #LAeatsJAPAN
The Japanese Restaurant Affiliation of America is a nonprofit group established in California in 1999 to function a useful resource for native Japanese eating places.