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OC Japan Fair brings slices of culture to Costa Mesa fairgrounds

Thousands of people flocked to the Orange County fairgrounds on Saturday for a taste of culture during the ninth annual OC Japan Fair.

The three-day festival, which started Friday, treats crowds to live performances — including from Misono, a Japanese pop star and television personality, pop duo Layla Lane and psychedelic rock band Ventra — as well as workshops and demonstrations of calligraphy, flower arranging, sake tasting and tea ceremonies.

Food also is in the spotlight, with vendors offering ramen, sushi, takoyaki and yakisoba, among other dishes.

Festivities continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


Tickets are $8, as is parking. For more information, visit