Representing the greatest Japanese invasion since George Takei planted a kiss on Bill Shatner, Izakaya's fest's transforming Jupiter's tented lot into a showcase of the best things about Land of the Rising Sun, namely, sake, beer, food, and art, because apparently underwear vending machines are tough to ship.
Off-menu buns, noodles, and more will be plated by an army of restaurants like Tasting East, Ping, Miho, Yakuza, and Zilla (sorry, no Mothra), while an army of booze vendors is led by Gigantic Brewing (which whipped up a traditional Japanese-style brew for the event), plus sake outfits like Ty Ku and SakeOne, which you should have at least two of. All juiced up, hit a "maid cafe" to buy food from waitresses going all otaku, a trippy 3D light display, and a huge interactive installation where you can "paint" on a gigantic white board that reacts to body heat in a way that'll make your Hypercolor shirt look like a Veryrelaxedcolor one.
You should definitely get tickets immediately, and when you do, plug in exclusive promo code SUPPORTPDX for a $10 discount, something you could kiss them for, with their consent of course.
1. Jupiter Hotel
800 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
Whether you're in town for business, pleasure, or some combination of the two, the Jupiter Hotel is definitely one of PDX's best bets. With a prime location that's minutes from downtown, the convention center, the Pearl District, and the Rose Garden, plus dog-friendly policies and rooms that are chic & modern (flat screens, pop art posters, minimalist furniture), you should just go ahead and book now.