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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
- Others

7/20(Sun) 11:00AM - 6:00PM
- Band Performance 11:30AM - 12:00PM
- Hawaiian Dance Show 2:00PM - 2:45PM
- Others

Mitsuwa Marketplace
21515 Western Av, Torrance, CA 90501

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    exilekiss RE: Keizo Jul 12, 2008 12:54 PM

    Thanks for the info Keizo. Did you go last year? I'm curious how good the Takoyaki was. :)

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      rameniac RE: exilekiss Jul 12, 2008 06:03 PM

      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.

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        Keizo RE: rameniac Jul 12, 2008 08:35 PM

        Ya I agree with rameniac...a nice relaxing afternoon. The food might not be spectacular but the mood...at least for me...reminds me of my childhood. I'm looking forward to the zaru udon.

    2. bitesandbolts RE: Keizo Jul 16, 2008 02:06 PM

      Thanks for posting this up, Keizo. I saw some tables being set up last weekend and wondered if I missed an event.

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      1. re: bitesandbolts
        Keizo RE: bitesandbolts Jul 16, 2008 04:09 PM

        You're welcome! Hope you have fun!

      2. Dommy RE: Keizo Jul 16, 2008 03:44 PM

        Awesome!! I think I just found out what we are doing Sunday!! ;)


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          rameniac RE: Keizo Jul 16, 2008 05:23 PM

          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)
          candied apples
          saata andagii (okinawan dango)
          okinawa soba (^^) http://www.rameniac.com/resource/comm...
          cotton candy
          iced green tea

          and perhaps best of all...

          "toys from asakusa japan"

          as being on offer. guess okinawan-ness is hip this year.

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          1. re: rameniac
            Dommy RE: rameniac Jul 16, 2008 05:27 PM

            Ooo! Do you have any idea on what make Okinawa Soba different from other types? We are Soba fiends...


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              rameniac RE: Dommy Jul 16, 2008 09:49 PM

              eh, double post lag. ignore this one...

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                rameniac RE: Dommy Jul 16, 2008 10:06 PM

                hi dommy,

                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 =).

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                  Dommy RE: rameniac Jul 16, 2008 11:12 PM

                  Thanks Rameniac!! We'll have to give it a shot!


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                liu RE: rameniac Jul 16, 2008 05:44 PM

                The okonomiyaki interests us! Will it be made fresh on-the-spot?
                Is this fair a good lunch destination or is the food secondary to other festival activities?
                Is this fair similar to one they had just a few months back?

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                  rameniac RE: liu Jul 16, 2008 09:45 PM

                  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.

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                    liu RE: rameniac Jul 16, 2008 10:39 PM

                    Thanks, rameniac!
                    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!

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                  exilekiss RE: rameniac Jul 16, 2008 10:15 PM

                  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. :)

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                    rameniac RE: exilekiss Jul 16, 2008 10:22 PM

                    lol are we all going to be there? i'll be there either saturday or sunday afternoon (or both). feel free to say hi, as it'd be cool to meet you guys. i'll be the skinny asian dude... in a pair of cobalt blue converse all-stars ;).

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                      Dommy RE: rameniac Jul 16, 2008 11:09 PM

                      Ginchy! I'll be there Sunday Afternoon with Red Tapestry Chucks and my new homemade socks...


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                        Keizo RE: rameniac Jul 17, 2008 07:44 AM

                        Thanks for the rundown rameniac! I'm not sure which day I'll be able to go yet but I'll be looking out for ya! My original intentions are to end the night at Gaja eating monjya, but for some reason ramen always gets between me and Gaja.

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                      bitesandbolts RE: rameniac Jul 19, 2008 11:49 AM

                      So many noodles, so little time. I'm saving my lunch for some cold noodles and dango. Mmm.

                    3. E Eto RE: Keizo Jul 16, 2008 10:19 PM

                      Here's a link for the Mitsuwa events in Chicago and New Jersey. By the way, most of these Mitsuwa posts really belong on the Chains board, as most of these festivals also pass through the Bay Area as well as Chicago and New Jersey.

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                        Keizo RE: E Eto Jul 17, 2008 02:27 PM

                        Sorry E Eto. I didn't see the Chicago and New Jersey post. I'll pay more attention next time. Thanks.

                      2. Keizo RE: Keizo Jul 19, 2008 05:27 PM

                        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!

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                          liu RE: Keizo Jul 19, 2008 09:04 PM

                          Keizo --
                          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!

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