JAPANESE FOOD, MUSIC, ENTREPRENEURIAL EXHIBITS & ROUND-TRIP AIR TO TOKYO ALL OFFERED; RAMEN YOKOCHO FESTIVAL TO BE HELD SATURDAY & SUNDAY IN TRACK’S INFIELD AREA
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 25, 2015)–Santa Anita Park will play host to the Japanese community this Saturday as The Great Race Place stages the 59th running of the Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup.
The race, for older horses at the marathon distance of 1 ½ miles, will serve as the centerpiece of a daylong assortment of Japanese cultural events in the track’s Infield Area that includes food, music, dance, Karate, Kendo (Japanese Samurai Swordsmanship) and Sumo Wrestling exhibitions, as well as an opportunity to win a round-trip ticket, courtesy of Singapore Airlines, from Los Angeles to Tokyo.
In order to win the round trip air fare to Tokyo, fans must select a winner in the Tokyo City Cup and submit their ballot at the Tokyo City Cup Game booth, located on-track.
Additionally, Santa Anita will provide a showcase of Japanese tradition and heritage by conducting a two-day Infield Ramen Yokocho Festival on Saturday and Sunday in the track’s Infield Area. Fans are invited to taste some of the best ramen, including unique, hard to find dishes. Admission to the Infield Ramen Yokocho Festival is five dollars and available to walk-ups only. Admission will not be available online.
With admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Japanese culture will be celebrated throughout the day in a variety of ways, including the following activities and demonstrations:
ORIGAMI –The art of folding paper
OMATSURI –Japanese Traditional Festival
KIMONO MODELS –Ikumi Yoshimatsu & Cortney Palm will be on-hand to model authentic styles
CITY OF TOKYO –Travel Information
POP CULTURE –Anime, J-pop, fashion
JAPANESE FOOD & BEVERAGE –Sushi, Okonomiyaki, BBQ, Japanese Tea, Onigiri, Bakery & Japanese Beer
FLEA MARKET –Entrepreneurial booths, exhibits
TSUGARU SHAMISEN –Three-stringed Japanese Lute
SHISHI MAI –Lion Dance
SUMO –Japanese Wrestling
RYUKYU BUYO –Okinawa Traditional Dance
KENDO –Japanese Samurai Swordsmanship
MINYO –Japanese Folk Music
KARATE –Japanese Martial Arts by Yamaki Dojo
PONY RIDES & FACE PAINTING –Available in Infield Area
TAIKO by LA MATSURI TAIKO –Japanese Drum Performance before & after Tokyo City Cup
Entries will be taken for Saturday’s Tokyo City Cup at Santa Anita on Wednesday. First race post time is at 12:30 p.m., admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For more information on Tokyo City Cup Day, please visit tokyocitycup.com/japan-family-day/, or call (626) 574-RACE.