Fun Japanese Festival Tokyo X Returns to NRG Center in Houston

A cook stretches handmade noodles at the TeaGu Café.

Tokyo X returns to NRG Center for its second year in a row on June 15 and 16. The Expo that originally began as Tokyo Night Fest has exploded into a celebration of Japanese culture as a whole.

According to a recent press release, Tokyo X will feature over 40 restaurants this year, including popular Japanese chains and local places such as Houston favorite Cloud 10 Creamery. Each vendor is serving Japanese and Japanese-inspired foods no matter their normal style. For example, Blk Mkt Birria Food Truck is serving Birria Ramen.

The City of Houston has long enjoyed a close relationship with Japanese culture, as evidenced by the Hermann Park Japanese Friendship Garden (just a 10 minute drive from the NRG Center if you want to take a break from the crowds). Tokyo X shines a light on that relationship as “Houston’s Biggest Japanese Festival”, which is proudly stated on the event website. This year, the festival is taking over Hall A and features a cosplay contest, car show, signings by Japanese and American voice actors and multiple live music performances from musicians such as local hip-hop artist Nevos Tyler and Houston-based Taiko drumming ensemble Kaminari Taiko.

four drummers on stage, two sitting while drumming at a sharp angle.
Taiko drummers finale performance at Tokyo X 2023. Courtesy photo.

Below are some of the Houston- and Texas-based food vendors in the line-up to keep an eye out for in particular Mac N Mese does not seem to have a storefront but has charming handmade macarons in fun designs, so best snag some early on Saturday. Here are some of the vendors and their locations on the NRG Center floor:

Ticket prices range from $45 on Saturday to $200 for two-day VIP tickets and can be purchased online. The expo opens at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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