Japanese Food Festival This Weekend

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Tuna filleting

The Japanese Restaurant Association of America will present the 12th annual Japanese Food Festival on Sunday, Nov. 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens, 120 S. Los Angeles St. in Little Tokyo.

The event will feature sushi, ramen, soba, beef bowl, sake, shochu, wine, and beer, plus a jazz, koto and taiko concert.

A kagami-wari (sake barrel ceremony) will be held at 11:30 a.m., followed by a tuna filleting demonstration at 12 p.m., a mega-sushi roll contest at 12:30 p.m., a sushi-eating contest at 1:30 p.m., and a sushi chef contest at 2:30 p.m.

Sponsors include: Asahi Beer, California Rice Commission, California Sea Urchin Commission, Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, Cosmos Grace Inc., Hakutsuru Sake, International Marine Products Inc., Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California, Japanese Community Health Inc., JFC International, JTB, Katsu-Ya, Kikkoman, Kirin, Los Angeles Fish Co., Mori-Nu, Mutual Trading Co., Ocean Fresh Fish & Seafood Marketing Co., Sapporo Beer, Shirakiku, Suzumo, True World Foods, and Yamamotoyama of America.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. Admission is $50 general, $25 for children under 10, free for children under 4. For more information, call (213) 687-4055 or visit www.jraamerica.com.

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