Archive | September, 2009

Sake Tasting This Sun 27th Sept


If you’ve always wanted to try rice wine, but never had the guts – now’s your chance! This Sunday 27th Sept come to try two very special ones for free!

The first is Namacho Sake – an excellent semi-dry honjozo with aromas of rice and yeast. It has a fresh, light flavour with a hint of creaminess as it has only been pasteurised once. It is recommended with crisp salads, tempura or deep-fried dishes and is best serve chilled. Read More…

RECIPE: Japanese Katsu Curry



Japanese curry is very popular in Japan due to being cheap, easy to make and extremely tasty. Pork katsu curry is a great way to serve this delicious dish. Curry is also extremely versatile in that you can add a variety of toppings and ingredients such as tempura, natto and even cheese.

You can buy many of the ingredients at Japan Centre, just click on the link and add it to your basket. Feel free to leave any comments or tips at the bottom. Read More…

RECIPE: Tempura



Tempura is a very popular Japanese dish of different meats, seafood and vegetables deep fried in a light and crispy batter. Unlike many other deep fried foods, tempura is very light, so vegetables are often used as well as prawns or other seafood.

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Harumi Kurihara Book Signing at Japan Centre


Harumi Kurihara, the world famous Japanese chef and author of the 2004 best cookbook of the year, is coming to Japan Centre to promote and sign copies of her new publication, Everyday Harumi.

Location: Japan Centre Bookshop

Date: Wednesday 16th September 2009

Time: 5:30pm – 6:00pm

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Japan Matsuri 2009, Spitalfields Sat 19th Sept


Japan Matsuri

Spitalfields (Liverpool Street) Saturday 19th September 2009 from 10am until 8pm

Join in a celebration of Japan and its rich culture, arts and crafts as we welcome the Autumn season at one of London’s most vibrant markets! Situated in the heart of the city, Spitalfields offers a unique spot for East to meet West.

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Japan Centre Food Shop is Moving!


Japan Centre Food Shop is relocating to a brand new premises on Regent Street from Sat 17th October 2009 (please ignore previously published date of 3rd), just around the corner from our original store. We are expanding our current range of delicious, authentic Japanese food to offer the best Japanese experience in London. Bookshop & Home will however remain at our current Piccadilly location. Read More…

RECIPE: Yakisoba Fried Noodles



Yakisoba is a fried noodle dish that originated in China and is similar to Chow Mein. Even though soba is part of the word yakisoba, it is not made using soba (buckwheat) noodles, but instead made with wheat or egg noodles. It is a hugely popular dish at Japanese festivals and events, but can also be one of the easiest ways to enjoy Japanese food at home.

You can buy many of the ingredients at Japan Centre, just click on the link and add it to your basket. Feel free to leave any comments or tips at the bottom! Read More…

Japanese Dining Etiquette


No matter if you are eating Japanese food at home, at a restaurant, or even in Japan, following these simple rules of dining etiquette can help you fully enjoy Japanese traditions.

Japanese people love to eat so it can be a good opportunity to show off your chopstick skills and knowledge of their culture. Just don’t make any of the following faux-pas! Below are some of the most important dos an don’ts by which we recommend to abide. Read More…

RECIPE: Temaki-Zushi (Hand-Rolled Sushi)


The next in our recipe series is a sushi roll that is very healthy and simple to prepare. It differs from maki sushi in that it is requires no cutting and is rolled by hand. Over the next few months, we’ll be showing you how to make the tastiest and most popular dishes out there.

Feel free to leave comments at the bottom with any useful suggestions or tips. Read More…


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