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    Ramen burgers, shaved ice, ube rolls coming to OC Japan Fair 2023
    • October 17, 2023

    Billed as one of the largest Japanese cultural festivals in Southern California, the OC Japan Fair returns to Costa Mesa from Oct. 27 through Oct. 29. Organizers expect upward of 45,000 people to attend the three-day festival, which is a lot of mouths to feed. Luckily, this year’s abundant lineup of Japanese and Asian food vendors are reason alone to check out the fair, now in its 13th year.

    A handful of culinary highlights will include katsu chicken from Kagura, which has locations in Costa Mesa, Torrance and Gardena; Kuramoto Shavery, which creates Japanese-style shaved ice made with Kuramoto Ice; Tamuken’s Japanese barbecue bowls; noodles by Tokyo Yakisoba; Big and Long Potato Swirl frying up eponymous potato snacks; Rated R Ramen Burger, whose ramen-sandwiched burgers are made with wagyu beef; and ube cinnamon rolls from Ubenabon.

    Beer and sake will also be on hand to quench any 21-and-over thirst, with boba teas and matcha drinks available for all ages. OC Japan Fair’s 2023 food roster is as follows:

    Sukiyuki LA
    Big Takoyaki
    Big and Long Potato Swirl
    Miniyaki Cheese Taco
    Ajaj Cafe
    Mr. Bully
    Got Corn?
    Yakitori Yado Matcha Latte
    Gong Su Gan
    Rated R Ramen Burger
    Kuramoto Shavery
    Gluten Free Meister
    Kanto Filipino Street Food
    Takouaki Yamachan
    Mochill Mochil Crepe
    Boba Bestie
    All Dat Dumpling
    Iwate Wagyu
    Aki Takoyaki
    Gindaco USA
    Hot Bamboo
    Tokyo Yakisoba
    Hawaiian Honey Cones
    Wagyu Street
    Shin-Sen-Gumi Yakitori
    Kuramoto Shavery
    Aoki No Chuuka
    La Musubi
    Lucky Ball Korean BBQ
    Mr. Teddy Baker
    Tokyo Style Food Truck
    Arcance Cafe

    The fair will also have a live blue tuna-cutting demonstration, in which a sushi chef slices a Maguro fish on stage, as well as sushi galore available for eating.

    In addition to the many food offerings, guests can look forward to the “Oiran Dochu,” (which translates into “alluring procession”), a recreation of the procession done by Yoshiwara courtesans during the Edo Period; taiko drum performances, an appearance by comedian Mr. Yasumura, aka Tonikaku, who appeared on “Britain’s Got Talent” in June (the clip of his performance has since accrued 7 million views); and more.

    When: 5-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27; Noon-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29

    Where: OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa

    Tickets: General admission is $10 for adults; free admission for children 6 and under and seniors over 65; parking is $10

    ​ Orange County Register