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Journey Of An Anime Food Truck

“How We Started Okamoto Kitchen From Scratch and the Journey Along The Way”

Gerald Abraham is the charismatic co-owner of the anime-themed food truck Okamoto Kitchen! Join us as we learn how Chef Chizuru and Gerald utilized their love of Japanese food and anime in order to create a truck for the masses. Listen to all the ups and downs of the business from the point of view of someone who has lived it.

GoFundMe

Okamoto Kitchen recently had their generators fail and their portable generators stolen. They have a GoFundMe campaign to help recoup their losses.

The $6,000 cummins onan generator on our food truck broke this morning so we loaded up the portable generator and booked it to location in hopes of doing a little business. Within an hour of setting up, the portable generator was stolen in broad daylight outside the truck. Our crew tried to stop them but it was already too late. Unfortunately, something similar happened three months ago and this portable was the replacement for the last one.

About Okamoto Kitchen

Okamoto Kitchen is the brainchild of Chef Chizuru and Gerald Abraham, whose mission is to introduce people to authentic, lesser known Japanese dishes such as Chicken Nanban, Cheese Mochi and Classic Style Japanese Curry. The vibrant Akiba-style decor and engaging customer service make Okamoto Kitchen an experience you will be talking about with your friends.

About Gerald Abraham

Gerald Abraham’s immersion into Japanese culture started with anime and import video games (playing them in Japanese) as a kid. From there, he moved to Japan, became fluent in the language, and developed a true appreciation for the local cuisine as an avid foodie. Now he and Chizuru are bringing those classic Japanese dishes to Los Angeles.

Panel: Sunday, November 22
  • Time
  • Sunday, November 22
    3:30PM-4PM
  • Panel
  • “How We Started Okamoto Kitchen From Scratch and the Journey Along The Way”

Links

Website – https://okamotokitchen.com/
Email – gerald@okamotokitchen.com
YouTube (video featuring Okamoto Kitchen) – https://youtu.be/ZxI8kw4K-YY
Go Fund Me – https://gf.me/u/y863tw
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/okamotokitchen/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/okamotokitchen/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/okamotokitchen

Okamoto Kitchen was featured in Food Network/Cooking Channel’s “Carnival Eats”

Fashion Fan Panel: What Style Fits You?

Presenter: Dennis Luna

What style are you? Visual kei? Decora? Or Lolita? Join in and learn about the different styles of fashion.

Panel: Sunday, November 22
  • Time
  • Sunday, November 22
    10AM-11AM
  • Industry Panel
  • “What Style Fits You?”
    presented by Dennis Luna

 

Industry Panel: Painted 0nes (Austronesian Tattoos)

Presenter: Kevin Flores

Artist from Southern California spreading culture and art inspired from his native islands of the Philippines and many more around the Pacific. 

Panel: Saturday, November 21
  • Time
  • Saturday, November 21
    11AM-12PM
  • Industry Panel
  • “Painted 0nes (Austronesian Tattoos)”
    presented by Kevin Flores
Cosplay Panel: Diversity in the Cosplay Community

Cosplay Panel: Diversity in the Cosplay Community

Presenters: Ashi-Chan, GNBCosplay, Angel Tenshi, Pei-Pei

Chocolate Covered Cosplay, or C3, is a SoCal based group of African American Women who unify under their mission statement “To promote the freedom of cosplay no matter one’s race, size, color, shape or gender. We spread diversity awareness through our life stories and open dialogue, to encourage empowerment and self validation within the geek community.” Come see what C3 is all about as they discuss diversity and positivity within the cosplay community. They look forward to meeting you!

Panel: Sunday, November 22
  • Time
  • Sunday, November 22
    12PM-1PM
  • Fan Panel
  • “Diversity in the Cosplay Community”
    presented by Ashi-Chan, GNBCosplay, Angel Tenshi, Pei-Pei
Find Your Love of Cosplay and Anime in the Art of Pro Wrestling

Anime Fan Panel: Find Your Love of Cosplay and Anime in the Art of Pro Wrestling

Presenter:  Various Members of Cosplay Wrestling Federation

The Cosplay Wrestling Federation is here to show you how the world of cosplay, character performance and anime shares a lot with professional wrestling. From pro wrestlers who love anime to learning acting and posing tips, there’s much knowledge in this field that can be used.

Fan Panel & Workshop: Saturday, November 21
  • Time
  • Saturday, November 21
    5PM-6PM
  • Fan Panel & Workshop
  • “Find Your Love of Cosplay and Anime in the Art of Pro Wrestling”
    presented by Various Members of Cosplay Wrestling Federation
Anime Panel: Make Mine Mecha: History of Giant Robots

Anime Panel: Make Mine Mecha: History of Giant Robots

Fan Panels by Scarlet Rhapsody
Presenters:  Erica Espejo, Jared Griego

From the early days of Tetsujin-28 to the inescapable Evangelion, Super Robots have defined anime. This panel will explore the long time history of the super robot genre spanning from the late 1960s to modern day and how each title built the world of giant robots righting monsters (and other robots).

Tip Jar

Show your appreciation for Scarlet Rhapsody’s hard work by giving them a tip! Tipping is highly encouraged, and heavily appreciated.  

http://ko-fi.com/scarletrhapsody

Panel: Sunday, November 22
  • Time
  • Sunday, November 22
    11AM-12PM
  • Panel
  • “Make Mine Mecha: History of Giant Robots”
    presented by Erica Espejo, and Jared Griego
Anime Panel: It's Just Love: 25 Years of Gundam Wing

Anime Panel: It’s Just Love: 25 Years of Gundam Wing

Fan Panels by Scarlet Rhapsody
Presenters:  Erica Espejo, Jared Griego

Gundam has given us a legacy of giant robots, human drama, memorable characters, and different multiverses. Gundam Wing is a fandom within the Gundam fandom. A team of cute bishies taking the space rebellion to new heights to a Two Mix soundtrack, Wing made its mark in North America. In this panel, we will talk about the legacy of Gundam Wing’s North American fandom and how it helped introduce giant robots to a new generation of otaku.

Tip Jar

Show your appreciation for Scarlet Rhapsody’s hard work by giving them a tip! Tipping is highly encouraged, and heavily appreciated.  

http://ko-fi.com/scarletrhapsody

Panel: Saturday, November 21
  • Time
  • Saturday, November 21
    12PM-1PM
  • Panel
  • “It’s Just Love: 25 Years of Gundam Wing”
    presented by Erica Espejo, and Jared Griego
Cosplay Burlesque Revue (Hosted by La Frida Lokah)

Cosplay Burlesque Revue (Hosted by La Frida Lokah)

Release Form

All attendees who want to participate in this event must submit a release form confirming their age to be 18+. Only those who have submitted the form will be given the link to the ZOOM. Links will be sent out an hour before the show.

Sign Release Form Here: t.ly/aeyB

Tip Jar

Tipping is highly encouraged, and heavily appreciated. All tips will be split evenly amongst performers.

PayPal:  paypal.me/lafridalokah

Audience Code of Conduct

  • All Attendees MUST sign the age release form. You will not get the link to the show otherwise.
  • While we would enjoy seeing smiling faces, we ask that all non-performers mics be off through the duration of the panel & performance.
  • All audience commentary and communication will be allowed in chat only.
  • Refrain from the use of abusive language or behavior. This includes but is not limited to language and behavior that is: racist, sexist, misogynist, transphobic, homophobic, body shaming, ableist, xenophobic, classist, or violent.
  • Refrain from violence or threats of violence.
  • Refer to all performers exclusively by their stage name, and not their legal name, unless you have been given specific consent to do otherwise.  This includes online, print, and in person.
  • Although the ownership of photos and videos varies  based upon contractual terms, Performers’ ownership of their image as their brand should be respected.
  • Recording and screenshots of the panel and performances are strictly prohibited.
  • When in doubt, ask for CONSENT. In this community CONSENT IS KEY.

Show Description

  • A live Q&A Panel with performers will precede the show
  • The show will include pre-taped performances, with live elements
  • Live elements include: Live hosting and introductions by La Frida Lokah, audience participation will be heavily encouraged, host will be interacting with audience
  • Audience participation in Zoom meeting will be limited to live chat only. Audience members will be allowed to have their cameras on.

Schedule Breakdown

Q&A panel about Burlesque: 30 Minutes
Burlesque Show: 1 hour (w/ intermission)

Participants

La Frida Lokah
Ginger Fatale
Jessabelle Thunder
Tito Bonito
Valentine L’amour
Bea Vicious

La Frida Lokah (host)

She’s into superstitions, black cats and voodoo dolls, but she has plenty more ways to make you fall. After dancing and teaching professionally for just under a decade, Frida began her burlesque career 3 years ago with the Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque. It is with her signature candle tricks and odes to her spirituality; she earned the title, “The Patron Saint of Getting it On.” She was then promoted to choreographer, lending her skills to multiple productions. Now, Frida is a free agent. Ready to steal your heart like a bandit in the night. You’ll want to take your clothes off and go dancing in the rain. But be careful, once you’ve had a taste of Frida, you’ll never be the same.
@lafridalokah
https://linktr.ee/lafridalokah

Ginger Fatale

Ginger Fatale (she/her) has been performing, choreographing, and teaching burlesque for the past 14 years, most notably with the Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque troupe in Southern California. Ginger has found her place in the dance world that embraces body positivity, empowerment, and inclusivity — as well as exploration! Ginger loves diving into stories and turning them into shows with their own spin of comedy and sensuality. Her heart truly lies in teaching burlesque classes and helping others find comfort in their own skin through moving their bodies and finding their own brand of sensuality.
@gingler_fatale

Tito Bonito

Tito Bonito is an international and award-winning burlesque performer, host, instructor, and producer. Since his debut in Chicago around late 2010, Tito moved to Los Angeles in 2012 and has been a notable fixture in the scene since. Winning awards such as being listed as one of LA Weekly’s People of 2016 and awarded “Most Comedic” at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in 2017. He has also appeared in various forms of media including music videos, magazine features, web series (Entanglement, You’re So Talented) and television (Epix, NBC, Playboy, Naked News). Tito also has taught several of his courses at the world’s largest burlesque education convention, BurlyCon. Tito was also ranked in the 21st Century Burlesque’s Top 50 Figures of 2019. Currently, he hosts The Tito Bonito Show every Monday on Instagram Live.
@cubanmissilecrisis
titobonito.com

Jessabelle Thunder

Jessabelle Thunder has been dancing across many a stages since 2009. She captivates audiences with not only her moves but the joy and passion that radiates from her as she glides across the stage. With just a wink of the eye and a powerful hip thrust to the side, she’s got you hooked. Jessabelle recently took the stage at Burlesque Hall of Fame 2018 and won 1st runner up, Miss Exotic World and was ranked in the Burlesque Top 20 in 2019.

Her other accolades include, being a cast member of Tease if You Please, one of LA’s biggest burlesque shows, performing with Miss Dita Von Teese herself as part of her Strip Strip Hooray show and her Von Follies Show and being a headliner in many festivals. An international performer, she is the 8th and 9th world wonder — Jessabelle Thunder!
@jessthndr
jessabellethunder.com/links

Bea Vicious

Bea Vicious (she/her) has been performing for the better part of a decade with the Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque troupe. From the first moment on stage she has had a deep love affair with the art. Bea has a passion for the ability to bring a variety of characters to the stage. She loves the ability to become anyone from Deadpool to Littlefinger and the devil herself.
@viciouslybeaing

Valentine L’amour

Miss Valentine L’amour has been dancing since the age of 3, with a focus on Belly dance & folk dance. She moved overseas where dance classes were not easily available at the time as women who danced were frowned upon. She proceeded to learn from other locals in “secret”, before briefly moving to the U.A.E. and training with a dance company to perform in front of the Royal Family for Global Day. She moved back to California in 2006, and continued her classical training along with belly dance, and began performing in LGBTQ+ circles in West Hollywood. Throughout this time she has performed and continues to perform for events and causes important to her, has spoken at colleges and workshops, participated in a variety of outreach and leadership initiatives, as well as having directed, and headed dance programs.

Miss Valentine has also had the pleasure of modeling for commercial, promotional, glamour and print projects and campaigns. This miss keeps herself busy during the day as a Manager of a Digital Marketing team in Orange County.
@msvalentinexox

Panel: Cosplay Burlesque Revue
Saturday, November 21
  • Time
  • Saturday, November 21
    9PM – 10:30PM
  • Panel
  • “Cosplay Burlesque Revue”
    hosted by La Frida Lokah
  • Location
  • Zoom