The 12th “OC JAPAN FAIR” brings Japan to SoCal on October 21-23, 2022



Shop, eat, and learn about Japanese culture at one of Southern California’s largest Japanese cultural festivals!

Announcing the 12th annual “OC JAPAN FAIR” to be held at the OC Fair & Event Center. We are committed to bringing the best of Japanese food, culture and art! The OC Japan Fair is one of Southern California’s largest and most authentic Japanese cultural festivals, with 130 booths and approximately 45,000 visitors. We offer many opportunities to experience and learn about Japanese entertainment, traditions, culture, pop culture and cuisine.

The essentials of the fair:

World class sushi! On 10/22 (Saturday) and 10/23 (Sunday), the main stage will host an exciting tuna cutting show presented by a chef from a famous Japanese tuna company. Traditional Japanese street food such as Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki, Yakisoba, Yakitori, Shaved Ice, Ramen, Pork Cutlet Sandwich, Taiyaki and many more will be available on site!

Japanese company Crane Game Kiddleton will bring the first VR machine to the United States from Japan. “Cosmo Balloon” is a VR attraction that takes you around the world in a balloon. The experience of riding together in one balloon and feeling the wind in the sky is suitable for everyone, from children to the elderly.

Ever wanted to visit a maid café? Discover an environment similar to the famous maid cafes of Akihabara with the festival pop up! Not to mention a slew of high-quality anime and cosplay stalls, with every anime figure and merchandise you can imagine. And you won’t want to miss the coolest costumes of all during the live cosplay show on 10/22 (Saturday).

On 10/22 (Saturday) and 10/23 (Sunday), the seductive Oiran Dochu (courtesans procession) will walk from the stage to the lawn. Oiran Dochu is a recreation of processions performed by oiran, courtesans of Yoshiwara in the Edo period, to announce the houses in which they worked. The re-enactment involves men and women dressed in Edo period costumes.

  • Japanese traditional exhibitions and performances

Featuring Japanese cultural exhibits, stalls and performances including: Shodo [calligraphy]a Taiko drum performance [Japanese drum]and Bon Odori [traditional dance].

Enjoy live performances by famous Japanese artists on the main stage! The main shows of the OC Japan fair are a traditional Japanese performance of Koto by Ms. Yuki Yasuda on 10/22 (Saturday), Kabuki-style music by Fuji Japanese Music Ensemble on 10/22 (Saturday), and “Nihon Buyoh” (Traditional Japanese Dance) by Fujima Kan Ayano.

When or:

Date: October 21 (Friday), 22 (Saturday), 23 (Sunday)

Time: 10/21 5:00pm~11:00pm, 10/22 12:00pm~10:00pm 10/23 10:00am~5:00pm

Location: OC Fair & Event Center (88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)

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