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The Art Of Nabe

Ahh the hot pot! The quintessential stake for the icy heart of winter. In Japan, one pot dishes, known as nabe, are well loved by wee nippers and toothless grandmas ...

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Zoom into Japan! Every month, Japan Centre will be profiling locations around Japan, finding out what they’ve got to offer the hungry traveller. So come join us, and feast your ...

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Celebrating Halloween in Japan

Fun costumes, wacky foods, street parades? As the country that invented Cosplay, raw horse meat flavoured ice cream and exuberant summer street festivals, there is no doubt that Halloween is ...

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Swap Wine for Sake! 5 Classic Dishes and What to Pair Them With

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Sake is delicious with Japanese food, but it’s fantastic with all kinds of food. Find out which classic non-Japanese dishes are simply amazing with sake!

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Weekly Hero Product: Matcha Cookie and Chocolate Pocky Crush

Greetings, Inside Japan Centre Readers!

As has been mentioned in previous blog posts, we in the Japan Centre online hub dedicate a lot of our time to bringing new and exciting Japanese foods, drinks, and other assorted groceries to japancentre.com for your online shopping pleasure. However, we are fully aware that the product page on japancentre.com is not always enough to showcase how great our items are. Therefore we are delighted to introduce Japan Centre Online Tries; a new segment of Inside Japan Centre where we try our newest or most popular items and give you a detailed report on the experience.

To kick things off, this post is dedicated to the most popular of our new Pocky flavours, the Matcha Cookie and Chocolate Pocky Crush (available in this set and this set)

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Urawaza! Secret Tips from Japanese Kitchens

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Everyone likes a short cut or trick to get out of a critical cooking jam. In Japan, these are called urawaza! Read on for Japan Centre‘s handy guide on some of the neatest secrets you could ever need to use in Japanese cooking!

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What is Miso and What are the Different Types?

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If you are a fan of Japanese food and cuisine, or even if you have travelled to Japan, it is pretty certain that you have tried miso soup before. You may have tried instant miso, ready in less than a minute and available in a variety of flavours. Alternatively, you may have prepared “proper” miso, using miso paste. Or you may have been served a bowl along with your Japan Centre lunch. But how familiar are you with how miso is made and the ways in which the different types of miso are used?

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Halloween Competition! Win Limited Edition Halloween Pocky and Pretz!

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Ahoy-hoy, Inside Japan Centre readers!

As you may have realised, Halloween has arrived at Japan Centre, and to celebrate we are very excited to be giving away a selection of Limited Edition Halloween tasters to two lucky readers. But we cannot give such fantastic prizes away to just anyone. Therefore, we are please to announce our 2014…

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Best Spots for Autumn Foliage Viewing in Japan

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Many people think of cherry blossoms when they think of natural sights in Japan. But did you know that Japan’s autumn foliage can be equally striking? Read on to discover the best places for viewing Japan’s spectacular Autumn foliage!

 

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This Saturday – Japan Matsuri 2014!

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Do you love Japanese culture? Have you been aching for the chance to watch Japanese performing arts groups, learn about Japanese arts and crafts, stock up on adorable Japanese stationery and gifts, and enjoy delicious Japanese food? Can you come to London this Saturday? If so, then gather the family, friends and favourite cosplay outfits, because Japan Matsuri is here once more!

What is Japan Matsuri, you ask? Essentially, it is an enormous festival held once a year at Trafalgar Square, that gives the local Japanese community (consisting of Japanese expats, studiers of the Japanese language, employees in Japanese companies and anybody else interested in Japan) a chance to share aspects of Japanese culture with their family, friends, and anybody else who may be interested.

At Japan Matsuri you can expect to find an enormous variety of activities, performances and attractions. Do you love art and drawing? Then head over to the Manga Art stand and partake in manga drawing activities. Do you enjoy live performance? Try spending some time near the centre stage, where different exciting live performances will be happening all day, including Taiko Drumming, Noh Ballet and Piano, and J-Culture Fashion and Performance. And naturally, as lovers of Japanese food, there will be ample opportunities to stop by the Japan Centre stalls, where we will be offering tasty noodle dishes, takoyaki octopus dumplings, yakitori chicken skewers, gyoza dumplings, deep-fried karaage chicken, refreshing soft drinks, and more.

Interested? Excited? Then come on down to Trafalgar Square between 11am and 9pm this Saturday, 27th September. For more information, visit the Japan Matsuri website.

Japanese Autumn Foods

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There is no doubt about it, Inside Japan Centre readers – Autumn is definitely upon us! The nights are getting shorter, the weather is getting colder, and the sunglasses are starting to gather dust from lack of use. But it’s not all bad, especially if you are a lover of Japanese food and flavours! Indeed, the Japanese have a saying: “Autumn is the season to eat”. This refers to the widely held belief that the best food Japan has to offer is produced in Autumn. Read on to learn more about some of Japan’s most loved Autumn foods.

 

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Let’s Pickle! All About Tsukemono

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Pickles are an indispensable part of a traditional Japanese meal. Whether you’re having fukujinzuke with your curry, a pickled plum in your bento or some ginger with your sushi, pickles are the finishing touch to any meal! Read on to learn about some of our favourites.

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Get in the Study Habit, Top Tips From Japan

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Japan’s High School exams are notoriously tough. It’s no suprise then that Japanese students want to give themselves every advantage when it comes to tests. Level-up your study habits with our top tips from Japan.

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