Christmas is coming early! For the next 2 weeks Japan Centre is spreading the love for Japanese food and culture across the globe with awesome hamper prizes! Each week we will give away ...
Celebrating Japan style this festive season? Make sure you check we’re open! Please see below for all our store location opening times between Christmas and New Year.
This Christmas is going to be a feast not only for the tastebuds, but the eyes, mind and wallet too! We’ve decked the halls and gone all out this year to make sure there’s something amazing going on at all times. So don’t miss out, check out our amazingly comprehensive round up of everything Christmas!
Experience the works of Japanese master artist Katsushika Hokusai as you’ve never seen them before! ”Re-created” using state-of the-art digital technology by award-winning scientist and author Dr. Shinichi Fukuoka in the new Hokusai Exposed exhibition at the The Old Truman Brewery, London, you can see Hokusai’s famous Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji as they may have looked when they were first printed. What’s more Japan Centre are giving you the chance to win one of 3 pairs of tickets to this ace exhibition!
Japan is very big on local spirit. Local food, local businesses, events, matsuri and more are all embraced in a way that perhaps only local pubs and village fetes are in the UK. But how does a place promote itself? How does it capture its very essence? Enter yuru-kyara! Yuru-kyara (loose characters) are cute mascots meant to represent local areas, specialities, companies or more abstract concepts like recycling or friendship. Sometimes the fusion of these things create amazingly awesome characters, other times things get a little…strange. Right now the 3rd annual Yuru-Kyara Grand Prix is taking place where mascots from Japan and abroad are competing to be voted no. 1! Don’t be fooled though, yuru-kyara is serious business and winning the Grand Prix can mean a big boost for tourism in the area. Heck our personal favourite, the ever huggable Kumamon, has his own frankly terrifying theme song and dance. You can even do Kumamon callisthenics if so inclined. So join us as we give you the low down on a couple of our favourite food themed mascots.
Explore the parallels between modern Japanese manga comics and the historic world of shunga erotic art in a special lecture event at the British Museum on Friday 1st November. Entitled ‘Shunga into manga?’ it will be chaired by Nicole Rousmaniere (British Museum) with Exhibition Curator Timothy Clark, Nobuko Anan (Birkbeck, University of London), and Paul Gravett (writer, journalist and comics expert). Whether you’re a manga fan, Shunga appreciator or just want to expand your mind with amazing Japanese art, this is not to be missed!
He’s back and better than ever! Once more Japan Centre has teamed up with 3A Entertainment to offer one lucky winner a pair of tickets to see Japanese rock guitar legend Tomoyasu Hotei (Kill Bill and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas soundtracks) at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Saturday 9th November.
What’s more this London concert will feature a special state-of-the-art visual presentation, as well as an amazing performance band including Toshiyuki Kishi (abingdon boys school), Steve Eto (DEMI SEMI QUAVER), Tony Grey (Trio Project) and Zachary Alford (recording and performance artist with David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen and more).
Do you throw salt over your shoulder to ward off bad luck? Eat chicken soup to cure a cold? Or perhaps you even crush up eggshells to make sure witches can’t use them as boats to sail the seas! Japancentre.com knows that delicious food is serious business and as such no matter where in the world you hail from there’s bound to be a wealth of local foodie folklore and superstitions. Japan too has its fair share! So join us as we uncover the truth about how your cuppa could bring you good luck or what to avoid if you don’t want to turn into a cow!
It is no secret that Japan Centre is the one-stop shop for anybody in the UK and Europe needing their quick fix of Kanji textbooks, high-quality bento boxes and Pocky. And it hardly matters if you cannot get to one of Japan Centre’s fabulous stores, because the online shop is here to send it all to you! And if you live in West London, you can now have your orders delivered after work with our home delivery service!
Win Tickets Plus 25% Off The British Museum Exhibition ’Shunga: sex and pleasure in Japanese art’
This autumn the British Museum are kindly offering Japan Centre customers 25% off the price of tickets to see their exciting new exhibition Shunga: sex and pleasure in Japanese art 3 October 2013 – 5 January 2014. We also have a pair of exhibition tickets to give away to one lucky couple, see below for how to enter.
Love Japanese food and love a bargain? Who doesn’t?! From 12:00 – 14:00 Tuesday 20th Aug spend over £20 at Japancentre.com and get FREE Next Day Delivery (After Dispatch) on all UK mainland orders!
If you’ve always fancied our sushi kit for beginners, have a hankering for ramen, or want to unwind with some soothing green tea, now is the perfect time to order; it’s just like shopping in-store but without the hassle of lugging your haul home! Don’t forget, we always offer Free Delivery on all orders over £100 for 12 Noon and Next Day (after dispatch) UK mainland customers!
There are some specific Terms and Conditions for this great saver offer, so make sure you read on for more details…