2019 Ramen Festival



The famous chewy, straight and thin ramen coupled with the secret recipe of our tonkotsu soup base (white soup base from which bones, meat, vegetables and other fine ingredients are cooked for many hours producing a milky white broth) has been widely commended in Japan, and has been introduced to the rest of the world since 1995. Today, Ajisen Ramen totals over 700 branches all over the world.

Follow Ajisen on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AjisenRamenSanDiego


Beshock Ramen & Sake Bar

Ramen & Saké Bar BESHOCK is located in the up-and-coming area of East Village in Downtown San Diego. Our restaurant offers both traditional Japanese and global cuisine and gives them a twist of San Diego flavor by having “glocalization” be at our fore front.

We’re using local and fresh ingredients to set up a stylish and newly established Japanese noodle restaurant. Enjoy our variety of ramen (including traditional and specialty), delectable sushi rolls, local craft beers, and premium saké carefully selected by our own Saké Master.

BESHOCK is ideal for any occasion; offering lunch, dinner, and bar services. Our name BESHOCK is derived from Japanese word bi-shoku, which means “the beauty of food”; this is a concept we take to heart when preparing out dishes and invite you to experience both the beauty and wellness of our food.

Follow BESHOCK at www.facebook.com/BESHOCKRamen


Hachi Ramen

HACHI RAMEN is a fast casual concept restaurant, which blends rich California cooking philosophy with Japanese technique and ingredients.

Executive chef Misako Ohba, along with the collaboration of Azuki Sushi co-owner chef Nao Ichimura, creates a new variation on Japanese ramen with a West Coast style, as well as a selection of market fresh salads, unique bowls, sushi, and snacks.

With a take-out and dine-in option, this San Diego Banker’s Hill hotspot offers the convenience to order ahead, order for office deliveries for the next big meeting, or the perfect spot for happy hour.

Follow Hachi Ramen at www.facebook.com/Hachiramensd


Karami Ramen

Karami Ramen specializes in spicy tori paitan ramen. We have created two house-made broths, tori paitan (chicken) and seaweed & soybean (vegan). This robust broth is combined with our specialty flavors (miso tonkotsu, shio, shoyu, truffle) and spices (habanero, curry, Thai, Korean, Indian chili) to bring even more dimension to the ramen.

We also offer non-spicy ramens & many other delicious Japanese dishes such as curry, kara-age, gyoza, takoyaki and more! We are also the first ever ramen restaurant opened in New Zealand (1992).

We are located in the plaza on the corner of Convoy Street & Ostrow Street, at at 3860 Convoy St San Diego, CA 92111.

Follow Karami at www.facebook.com/KaramiRamen


Lia’s Lumpia / Hunters Home Kitchen

Hunters Home Kitchen (HHK) is a San Diego family owned catering company based out of San Diego. HHK specialized in global cuisines including: Filipino, Hawaiian, Latin, American, and much more. Contact us to start your fully customized menu and event today! HHK is hosting #LiasLUMPIA pop up shop where you can find our modern fusion LUMPIA!

HHK presents Lia’s LUMPIA, a gourmet LUMPIA menu; our LUMPIA and Filipino delights menu has been featured at music, cultural, and culinary festivals in the San Diego area.  Lia’s LUMPIA has won 2nd place in the San Diego Lumpia Festival ’17.

Follow Lia’s Lumpi at www.facebook.com/Lias-LUMPIA-316622662392460


Tajima Ramen

Since we first opened in 2001, Tajima has been satisfying San Diego’s growing hunger for authentic Japanese cuisine and ramen that is both unique and flavorful. Thanks to owner Sam Morikizono and his talented staff, Tajima has earned a reputation as one of San Diego’s top Japanese restaurants. Everything we serve honors the purity of Japanese taste and style, and our irresistible selection of ramens are made from scratch.

Tajima offers one of the widest selections of Japanese cuisine available at affordable prices, to satisfy the unique tastes and desires of everyone in your party. Our daily tapas-style (small plate) menu changes with the season, sourcing the freshest seasonal ingredients available. With five San Diego locations, plus one in Long Beach and another two restaurant in Tijuana, there is a uniquely designed Tajima within reach of your desire for Japanese cuisine at its finest!

Follow Tajima at www.facebook.com/TajimaRestaurants


Underbelly North Park

Underbelly has two locations. Visit the Little Italy location at 750 W FIR ST (Corner of Kettner & Fir) San Diego, CA 92101. Visit their North Park location at 3000 UPAS ST. #104 (Corner of 30th & Upas) San Diego, CA 92104.

Follow Underbelly at www.facebook.com/underbellynorthpark

Genbu Daiko

Genbu Daiko of San Diego, is the newest taiko team to San Diego and was founded by Noel Garcia in August of 2015. Noel has more than 20 years of taiko experience as a performer, freelancer, composer and educator in both America and Japan.

The group is composed of dedicated, seasoned performers, and Genbu’s goal is to teach and share the artform of taiko in hopes of spreading creativity and passion throughout the community.

They offer community and training classes so if you’re interested in learning the art of taiko with them, please feel free to look for Noel at the end of the show for more information.


Kimono Club of San Diego

San Diego Kimono club was formed in 2013. The members are all volunteers who love Japanese culture and want to carry on their Japanese heritage. They especially love wearing kimonos and have been invited to many different occasions to put on Kimono Shows. The kimonos are very special garments and some members have worn ones that are over one hundred years old. Some kimonos have been passed down from their grandmothers and their mothers. It is a beautiful family legacy.


La Jolla Taiko

La Jolla Taiko is a community-based group comprised of members of all ages and backgrounds. The group has developed a base in traditional taiko artistry and spirit, and infused that with influences from a wide range of contemporary and world music.  La Jolla Taiko enjoys adding new instruments to the ensemble and experimenting with new grooves and musical timing.

Outside of Japan the word “taiko” or “wa-daiko’” (“Japanese drum” in Japanese) is often used to refer to any of the various Japanese drums and to the relatively recent art-form of ensemble taiko drumming, which is sometimes called more specifically “kumi-daiko.” Taiko drumming is a combination of percussion, dance and martial arts mixed with power, speed and synchronous movement…resulting in an awe-inspiring experience.

Follow La Jolla Taiko on facebook at La Jolla Taiko earn more about La Jolla Taiko at www.lajollataiko.org.


Mochi Cafe

Mochi Cafe is an event based maid cafe in San Diego, California, founded by Andrea Cash and Stephanie Moore on August 16th, 2009.

Inspired by the maid cafes in Akihabara, Japan, Mochi Cafe entertains guests through games, dance, and song.

Unlike the traditional black and white attire, maids and butlers of Mochi Cafe bring a colorful and unique brand of cultural entertainment for all ages.


Naruwan Taiko

Naruwan Taiko was founded in 2008 by Diana Wu in the city of San Diego. The organization practices “taiko,” a style of drumming from Japan that was traditionally used in battlefields or festivals. The name of the organization is derived from the language of the Ami tribe in Taiwan and is a greeting that means “welcome” or “home.” Thus, the name embodies Naruwan Taiko’s mission to be a place where people from all backgrounds and experiences can connect, and together produce a powerful sound and united energy on the taiko.

Naruwan Taiko has taught classes and provided high-energy performances all around San Diego for the past decade and is in the process of building a full-fledged taiko center for the community. Along with a focus on technique and musicality, the group is most known for encouraging students and performing members to discover that extra energy inside all of them and to combine their energies to produce a truly riveting presence during practice and on stage. Naruwan Taiko is currently in its tenth year of bringing taiko to San Diego and believes that this is the year incredible things are going to happen!


Shino-B Boys

Shinobi, otherwise referred to as “ninja” in the English translation of Naruto, are the primary focus and the main military power in the animated series. Most come from a hidden village, of which some come from specialized ninja clans, and will perform missions for a fee. At the Ramen Festival, watch these surprise Shino-B Boys show us their dance moves in a special mission of entertaining you!


Shofukan Kendo Dojo

We are Shofukan Kendo Dojo, centrally based in La Jolla, California.  Our mission is to promote the very traditional yet unique sport of Kendo, which is one of few martial arts that spars at full speed and full strength with no punches pulled.

We are a non-profit club. All volunteer run. 5th Dan All US Kendo Federation instructors. Our members ranges from 6 to 60 years in age.  As a community club, we are open to everyone from beginners to advanced, with no experience necessary. Check them out at www.facebook.com/groups/shofukan and www.shofukankendo.com