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).
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).
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 “Matcha 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).
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 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 Crépes by J-Shack.
Tickets: 1-Day Pass $25.00, 2-Day Pass $40.00
Highlight: My favorites were the takoyaki from Hirotako and Awa Yuki sparkling sake from Hakutsuru Sake! ❤
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