Japanese Food Festival: Mochi Pounding, Shrine Bouncing

Last weekend's Japanese Food Festival at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center served up more than just food, though there was plenty of that too. Among the festivities: awaodori and yosakoi dance performances, samurai sword dramatics, a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, and a raucous shrine parade.

Eats on offer included yakitori, yakisoba, okonomiyaki, taiyaki, and takoyaki. That's (in order) grilled chicken, grilled noodles, grilled omelet, grilled waffles, and grilled octopus balls.

Shin-Sen-Gumi's chicken on a stick
Shin-Sen-Gumi's chicken on a stick
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Mmm, chicken balls.
Mmm, chicken balls.
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Shin-Sen-Gumi is smoking.
Shin-Sen-Gumi is smoking.
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Mikoshi gone wild!
Mikoshi gone wild!
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Everybody loves fish waffles.
Everybody loves fish waffles.
D. Thomas

 

Gaja's okonomiyaki.
Gaja's okonomiyaki.
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Japanese tea ceremony.
Japanese tea ceremony.
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Ice, ice baby.
Ice, ice baby.
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It's mochi. Really. Don't be scared.
It's mochi. Really. Don't be scared.
D. Thomas
Japanese Food Festival: Mochi Pounding, Shrine Bouncing
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