On a temprate and star-lit Sunday night, East Bay elites streemed into Oakland's highly touted Ozumo for the first Yelp Elite Event of 2011! Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto! was more epic than a Godzilla invasion over Tokyo. Dressed in Mr. Miyagi headbands, school girl pigtails, animated belt buckles and fuzzy headgear, over 150 of East Bay's finest eagerly lined up at the sushi bar for a Japanese pop culture party.
To get the night started with a POW!, Skyy Vodka and Suntory Yamazaki whiskey (yes, the same stuff that Bill Murry promotes in Lost in Translation) whipped up some Asian-inspired cocktails, such as the Giddy Geisha and Tora Boushi. Ian P grew particularly smitten: "Two words: Tora Boushi… that drink made me want to yell Bonsai! and other crazy things. Ozumo concocted a fantastic cocktail with 12 year Yamazaki whiskey. I'd had this whiskey straight before but would have never imagined it could make such a delicious cocktail." Shortly after, Ozumo brought out plate after plate of sushi rolls, orange ginger chicken and edamame for guests to destroy. Meanwhile, Steadfast Screenprinting wowed the crowd with their custom t-shirt designs, made right in front of everyone. They were so cool, in fact, that some Elites took the shirt off their own backs to have a souvenir tee.
Not to be outdone, master artist Won-ju Hulse provided hands-on origami lessons to those interested in making paper hearts, frogs, picture frames or decorative pins! And because all Japanese pop culture revolves around cute, fuzzy creatures, it was only fitting that Hopalong Animal Rescue was the beneficiary non-profit for this month's event.