Sunday, August 23, 2009

Nisei Week part 3: Not Vomiting, Nebuta, and Next Generation



I met up with my cousin today for lunch in Little Tokyo where we ate at a new place that offers a pricey seafood don set that is free if you can finish the entire set in less than 15 minutes...how appropriate to eat at a place like this since we would be watching the Gyoza Eating Championships later...I never ate at this place before, so we opted for much smaller sets...

The Nisei Week Gyoza Eating Championships is an official competitive eating event sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eating, so many of the competitors have demonstrated an ability to eat at record speed. However, a spot was auctioned off to a rabid fan, one of the wingerdingers, I think, who got the opportunity to eat alongside the reigning champion from last year's contest, Joey "Jaws" Chestnut.



The goal was to eat the most gyoza in 10 minutes to win $1000...fortunately only one person was disqualified because he vomited. The results were expected with Joey winning first place...I can't remember exactly how many he ate, but I know it had to be greater than 128 gyoza:



Well my cousin was grossed out by the event and went home, so I went exploring more cultural exhibits, such as the Nebuta floats from last weekend's parade that were on display:







And some bansai:



(I have more, but I like to only give a taste of what I saw so that you may interested in attending next year's event...).

Since there was time between the eating contest and the Next Generation Remix concert, I wandered towards Jungle Collector's Shop, where I discovered a new cosplay book that contains pics from Japanese and American cosplayers along with cosplay tips and costume patterns...I might post a review of that book in a later post as I didn't read through all of it. However, a father sitting next to me while I was looking at the book before the concert was interested, but I didn't ask if he was into anime that much...

On the way back to JACCC (Japanese American Cultural & Community Center) plaza, I came across a dog wearing kitty clothing:



And a one-man band who appeared on America's Got Talent and Jimmy Kimmel Live:



The Next Generation Remix (NGRemix) was kicked off by a performance by Taiko Project:



Followed by OC singer/songwriter Kacie Yoshida with accompanying guitarist (sorry, but I forgot his name...)



Then the rock/metal band Sibrian in their last performance:



I really liked their pirate music piece...too bad I wasn't able to snatch up one of the CDs they were giving away...

This was followed by Filipino rapper Bambu, who was asking the camera guy to do close up shots because he wasn't able to get most of the audience to stand up during his set:



Then another MC, EyeASage, took the stage...I wish I could do a concert report, but I have never heard of their music before tonight, though I have heard of Taiko Project before but never listened to them perform...



And finally, American Idol finalist Camile Velasco closed out the night:



A great performance overall featuring a good variety of music genres represented to appeal to the wide age range of audience members from children to seniors...I wish I had more backup batteries so I could have recorded video, but all my rechargeable batteries for my primary and secondary cameras were low, and I didn't pack alkaline batteries as a backup. And I only use the camera on my phone to record where I park...

So that's the last Saturday of Nisei Week in a nutshell for me...Time for sleep now that I'm caught up...

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