So, one of my favorite parts of town is doing…this?
In celebration of the founding of Little Tokyo 130 years ago, and in connection with the awarding of International Intangible Cultural Heritage status by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) upon Japanese cuisine, it is fitting that the Japanese town and Japanese food culture once again be accorded broad recognition. For that purpose, an event will be held focused on the food and drinking establishments of Little Tokyo to attract 100,000 participants expected to visit the Downtown area consisting of average Americans (including those associated with Japan, those of other Asian ethnicities and Hispanic ethnics). The objective is to enliven the business activity in the area while heightening awareness of the appeal of Little Tokyo. The aim is to make this a regular once a year major event.
Date: April 25, 2014 (Friday) – May 4, 2014 (Sunday) A 10 Day Period
Sponsoring Location: The Entire Area of Little Tokyo
From the Taste of Little Tokyo flyer I picked up over the weekend was even more direct:
You can visit the participating restaurants and stores in Little Tokyo and you will get stamps. If you collect a certain number of stamps, you can participate in a lottery to win various [prizes].
Basically, it’s a bit of a food wandering and eating contest. It’s a Kuidaore Crawl but with stamps. Every time you stop, you get a stamp. Get lots of stamps, you win prizes.
Yeah, that’s nice and all. I’m just in it for the food.
All of Little Tokyo will be participating in the event, celebrating 130 years of Little Tokyo’s incorporation.
For future reference, we do have a link to the Little Tokyo Parking Guide.
Anyway the main website can be found here. And we’ll keep you posted as we learn more about the event.
Again, the event runs from April 25, 2014 to May 4, 2014.