2008 Mitsuwa Torrance Summer Festival
- Keizo Jul 12, 2008 10:37 AM
The natsukashii~ Summer festival is back! I don't have much information other than what's been posted on Mitsuwa's website: http://www.mitsuwa.com/event/eevent.p...
There will be several yatai's serving different Japanese foods (unfortunately no ramen) and lot's of entertainment. So bring out the whole family to Torrance next weekend to get a feel for some genuine Japanese culture. I'm personally looking forward to the goldfish scoop. That was my favorite as a kid!
Here is the schedule:
7/19(Sat) 11:00AM - 8:00PM
- Band Performance 12:30PM - 1:00Pm
- Hawaiian Hula Dance Show 4:00PM - 4:45PM
7/20(Sun) 11:00AM - 6:00PM
- Band Performance 11:30AM - 12:00PM
- Hawaiian Dance Show 2:00PM - 2:45PM
21515 Western Av, Torrance, CA 90501
the mitsuwa natsu matsuri is usually pretty good for a relaxing afternoon. i'm thinking this year's food offerings will be similar to past years... yakisoba, okonomiyaki, tomorokoshi, takoyaki, shaved ice, etc. no guest stars like during the regional festivals, but definitely better than the food at the japanese american obons.
perusing my mitsuwa flyer, they've listed:
takoyaki (octopus balls)
reimen (naengmyun cold noodles)
kakigori (shaved ice)
yakitori (everyone should know what this is by now)
yakisoba (this too)
kalbi (bbq beef ribs)
hiyashi somen (cold somen)
okonomiyaki (cabbage & batter pancakes with assorted toppings)
chijimi (korean onion pancakes)
gyudon (beef bowl)
saata andagii (okinawan dango)
okinawa soba (^^) http://www.rameniac.com/resource/comm...
iced green tea
and perhaps best of all...
"toys from asakusa japan"
as being on offer. guess okinawan-ness is hip this year.
okinawa soba isn't really "soba" in the familiar sense, but more of a ramen variant with wheat (not buckwheat) noodles and a light, fish-heavy broth. it's kind of like the japanese analogue to hawaiian saimin. worth a try if you've never had it, but probably not what you're thinking of =).
this one is much more of an actual "event" - with stands all set up in the parking lot and an entertainment stage, but without the highly touted foods and chefs flown in from japan. in that sense, it's as much about the entertainment as it is about the food this time, but i wouldn't necessarily say that one is secondary to the other.
the okonomiyaki will probably be ok - made and dished out on the spot but not necessarily fresh fresh (unless you're the lucky customer in line as they're finishing up a brand new batch). if serious okono is what you're after, you're much better off going to Gaja. but heck, just go to Gaja after the festival and have dinner there, if you haven't been eating all day anyway.
I have been to Gaja -- a couple of times -- and that is why I am possessed by okonomiyaki...such a delicious mixture!
We also enjoyed the Mitsuwa event with the chefs from Japan, so your assessment of this event was exactly the information I was looking for...many thanks!
I had the same reaction as Dommy! LOL...
Ooo! Okinawan Soba! I was mildly interested in this Natsu Matsuri, but now it sounds like they have a few more offerings. Hopefully they'll be be at least decently executed (cooking-wise). Can't wait!
Thanks for the additional 411 rameniac. :)
I got there at 11:30 and the lines for okonomiyaki and takoyaki were already miles long so I decided to wait for the yakitori booth to open at 12. Then they got delayed and said that they wouldn't open until 1pm...bummer cuz I had to leave for my bball game by then. Oh well, so I got some shaved ice and looked around at the natsukashii toys & candy and all the kids scooping goldfish and water balloons. I'm sure the festival will pick up at night so PLEASE post your pics and let me know how the food was. I don't think I'll be able to go tomorrow. Thx!
We really appreciate that you posted about this festival. We arrived just before 11:00am today, just as they were setting up the food booths. We were the lucky ones who were able to order the okonomiyaki at the moment it was ready. It was as delicious as that at Gaja. We also had the Korean scallion pancake, but my preference was for the Japanese one. I found the Korean one just a bit greasy, although still very tasty.
What we enjoyed most, however, were the dollar tables inside Mitsuwa...what fun! It gave us an opportunity to try lots of Japanese items that we would not normally buy in their usual larger quantities. We went through the tables about three or four times, each time spotting new items to purchase.
Again, Keizo, thanks for letting us know about this festival!