Itasha Food Truck Serves Japanese Comfort Food Anime-Style
posted on by Amanda Whalen
Since July 2015, the Los Angeles based food truck Okamoto Kitchen has been serving Japanese cuisine out of their bright red, Akihabara-style itasha food truck, complete with cute anime maid character Haru-chan, who was designed for them by Tokyo animator Takuya Saito. Saito has worked on a variety of anime titles, including Blood-C, Empire of Corpses, Kimagure Orange Road, and Outlaw Star.
Okamoto Kitchen is operated by Chef Chizuru Okamoto Abraham, her husband, Gerald Abraham, and Shidosha Hodges. Chef Chizuru Okamoto Abraham graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Los Angeles and has studied under celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa. According to Gerald Abraham, the staff "consists of hardcore anime fans and pro gamers." Gerald Abraham and Hodges met in the professional gaming community.
Okamoto Kitchen frequently attends anime conventions and events in the Los Angeles area. They will be at Anime Expo 2016, which will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 1-4.
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