Rising Tohoku Food Fair Celebrates Japanese Culture with Family Activities + Fundraiser!

Cultural events are getting pretty popular at this time of year. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the Rising Tohoku Food Fair seeks to share their culture in art, crafts, dance and food. The “Thanksgiving” part comes into play with a fundraising opportunity to help the recovery of the region that was decimated by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

The Rising Tohoku Food Fair hosted by Mitsuwa Marketplace presents 2 full days of food and cultural festivities to celebrate the charms of the Tohoku region in Northeast Japan, which can be enjoyed by children and adults.

Mitsuwa Marketplace is located at 21515 Western Avenue in Torrance.
Fair hours are 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. daily.


In addition to presenting diverse and flavorful food products originating from the 6 prefectures of Tohoku, there will be a variety of paper craft activity workshops for families such as, coloring, origami, making hanagasa ornaments which can be used as fans, and writing wishes on tanzaku paper, in addition to city-specific dance performances and photo opportunities with city mascots.


These city mascots include:
Sendai City’s iconic Musubi-maru who wears a samurai costume and resembles onigiri (rice ball);
Fukushima City’s adorable Momorin rabbit who represents Fukushima momo (peaches) and ringo (apples);
and Aomori City’s Haneton, an adorable pig wearing a hanagata flower hat and dressed in the local haneto costume.


Japan’s Tohoku region refers to the northeastern area of Honshu, the largest island in Japan.
Four years after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the Tohoku region is still recovering and trying to rise again as a robust area of abundant nature.

Enjoy TOHOKU region’s diverse and flavorful food products at this year’s Rising Tohoku Food Fair.


** Event Schedule **
1st stage 11:30am~/ 2nd stage 4:00pm~
Sendai: Suzume Dance
Morioka: Sansa Dance
Yamagata: Hanagasa Dance
Sendai: Da-te Busho(Samurai) Performance



“It has been more than five years since the unprecedented disaster, and thanks to your help, the Tohoku region is recovering and is once more becoming a robust region of abundant nature,” says Mr. Hideki Takayama, Deputy Director-General of The Sendai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and spokesperson for the Rising Tohoku Food Fair. “We will present a variety of foods raised amidst nature, and diverse, flavorful products created from them.
We hope you will visit the Rising Tohoku Food Fair and enjoy the charms of Tohoku.”


The full schedule of dance and festival presentations, crafts workshops, photo sessions with mascots and food fair can be found at the link below.fan



For more information visit: http://www.mitsuwa.com/locations/torrance.

Don’t miss this great family-friendly festival. Kids will find it interesting and you can check out all the great food!

Stevie Wilson,




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