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J-Pop Summit: World's Biggest Japanese Pop Culture Event

J-Pop Summit: World's Biggest Japanese Pop Culture Event

J-POP SUMMIT is one of the world’s biggest Japanese pop culture events, held every summer in San Francisco, CA. By introducing the latest in Japanese music, fashion, film, art, games, tech-innovations, anime, food, as well as niche subcultures, the festival has become a landing platform for new trends from Japan. 

July 23, 2016 from 11:00am - 8:00pm
July 24, 2016 from 11:00am - 8:00pm

Ramen Summit (outside pavilion): The Ramen Summit was produced by Yoshiyuki Maruyama, the General Manager of Orenchi Beyond. This was a rare opportunity to sample the ramen restaurants making their San Francisco debut including: Hinodeya Ramen Bar from Japan, and Naruto Ramen from New York. Bay area favorite ramen restaurants participating include Orenchi Beyond, Iza Ramen, and Ramen Taka. Ramen was priced at $8 a bowl (for a half portion).

Orenchi BeyondOrenchi Beyond's flavorful tonkotsu (pork-bone) ramen broth takes 18 hours of slow simmering to prepare. The thick savory roth is complimented with special blended soy sauce, garlic, and thick noodles.

Hinodeya Ramen BarAuthentic ramen broth made from the maximum umami of bonito flakes, kombu seaweed and shellfish. The delicate flavor of the seafood broth is rich, deep and smooth. 

Iza Ramen: The combination of their rich tsukemen dipping broth made with pork, chicken and fish bones, and thick wavy noodles makes the perfect flavor!

Ramen TakaSpicy miso ramen, a carefully selected blend of miso flavors with a variety of toppings that match perfectly with their thin Hakata-style noodle and rich soup!

Naruto Ramen: Signature dish and New Yorker favorite, "Shoyu Ramen"! Rich, dense soup using pork and chicken stock.

A line up of this year's ramen chefs!

Sake Summit (inside pavilion): One hour Sake Tasting: features seven sake producers and over a dozen sake tasting options for $10 per person. The featured sake tasting menu includes: Sequoia Sake (Genshu, Nama and Nigori); Kikusui Sake (Funaguchi Kikusui Aged and Perfect Snow); Gekkeikan Sake (HORIN, SUZAKU, ZIPANG, HAIKU Premium, and Black & Gold); Otokoyama; Hakushika Sake; Kirinzan; Kakurei; Kurosawa; Hananomai; Yaegaki; Hatsumago; Okunomatsu; Fukuju; Kenbishi and Takara Sake (Sho Chiku Bai Daiginjo Classic, Mio Sparkling Sake, Yuki Nigori White Peach, Yuki Nigori Lychee, and Yuki Nigori Coffee).

Sequoia Sake: Produced locally in San Francisco.

Food Court (inside pavilion): Features sampling and sales of favorite Japanese shochu, sake, beer, green tea; snack foods, and desserts. The curated group includes: Iichiko (Shochu beverages); Takara Sake (Sake beverages): SAPPORO (Beer); ITO EN (Green Teas and β€œMatcha Love” Teas; Soft Serve Ice Cream); Choya (Umeshu Drop Drink); Calbee (Shrimp chips); Minamoto Kitchoan (Wagashi Matcha, mochi sweets); Kikkoman (Chilled appetizers) and Shimadaya (Udon and Soba Noodles). 

Iichiko: Enjoyed the new American exclusive Iichiko Bar Fruits Yuzu and Ume that won the double gold medal at the 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition!

Japankuru Virtual Trip (inside pavilion): Japankuru presents Virtual Trip and we will take you to Japan virtually! You'll visit Edo-Tokyo Museum, Tokyo Daijingu, Otaku Station, Kawaii Station, Chichibu Station, Hotel Station, Onsen Station, Robot Station, Shinkansen Station, etc.

Japanese Capsule Hotel: Extremely small "rooms" (capsules) intended to provide cheap, basic overnight accommodation for guests who do not require the services offered by more conventional hotels. 

Each capsule usually has a shutter or blinds that you can close. The walls are thin, so be a courteous neighbor!

Kawaii Station: So many outfits to choose from! You can dress up in colorful kimonos or lolita dresses.

I chose a baby pink lolita dresses. Isn't this adorbs?

Japanese Soul Foods / Food Truck Park (outside pavilion): The menu includes Takoyaki (Japanese Octopus Fritter) by Hirotako; Sushi-wich (Sushi-sandwich) by Shige Sushi; Japanese Curry by JapaCurry; Kushiyaki (Grilled Skewered Meats & Veggies) by Kushi Yaki Kuishinbo; Sushi Rolls and Burrito by We Sushi; Japanese Flavored Tapioka Drinks by Wapioca; and Japanese style CrΓ©pes by J-Shack.

Hirotako: Serves ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a special moulded pan. Filled with diced octopus, tempura scraps, pickled ginger, and green onion.

Shige Sushi: Serves "Sushi-wich," an original sushi β€œsandwich” with fillings including spicy tuna, California-style, and Natto.

Tickets: 1-Day Pass $25.00, 2-Day Pass $40.00
Ambience: Casual
Highlight: My favorites were the takoyaki from Hirotako and Awa Yuki sparkling sake from Hakutsuru Sake! β€
Pro Tip: Go early before it gets crowded.

Festival: J-Pop Summit
Address: Festival Pavilion Fort Mason at 38 Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94123
Website: http://www.j-pop.com/
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/j-pop-summit-san-francisco

Thank you to J-Pop Summit and Laiko for inviting us!

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