Archive | May, 2010

RECIPE: Edamame Soy Beans



Edamame are those delicious young green soybeans which you often see in Japanese restaurants. They are most commonly eaten directly from the pod with a little salt and served either as an appetiser or just a snack for when you want something tasty and healthy. Edamame can also be used in other dishes such as Japanese potato salads and other mixed green salads due to their wonderful flavour and excellent health benefits.

Check our recipe for how to make boiled edamame as well as a few other ideas where these slightly sweet and nutty edamame beans really shine.

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COMPETITION: Akira Kurosawa Film Season at BFI


Akira Kurosawa & His Influence

1st June – 8th July

British Film Institute, Southbank


In his centenary year, Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998) continues to win admirers and inspire homage. The British Film Institute are presenting a season of the director’s finest films, complemented by a selection of films testifying to his enduring influence abroad.

One of his most influential and famous films, Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai), is widely regarded even in the West as one of the greatest films ever made. It follows the story of a group of samurai who are hired by local farmers to combat thieves stealing their crops. It’s definitely worth the watch if you can handle sitting in one place for 3 hours! Read More…

RECIPE: Tamagoyaki Japanese Omelette



You may have seen many Japanese dishes with raw egg, but did you know that Japanese people sometimes actually eat eggs which are cooked!

Tamagoyaki is the most common type of cooked egg in Japanese cuisine which is made by rolling together thin layers of egg in a frying pan until you get a solid piece of rolled up egg. It tastes great by itself for breakfast or in a bento, or you can serve with rice to make a delicious sushi which is also suitable for vegetarians.

Follow our recipe to learn how to make delicious authentic Japanese tamagoyaki.

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Kabuki featuring Ebizo Ichikawa XI

Friday 4 – Tuesday 15 June 2010

Sadler’s Wells

Kabuki superstar Ebizo Ichikawa XI returns to Sadler’s Wells this June. He brings with him both long tradition, as a direct descendent of the 17th century Ichikawa dynasty, and a thoroughly modern glamour.

The programme is taken from the epic play Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura (Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees), in which Ebizo – together with over 40 distinguished actors and musicians – gives a virtuoso display of Kabuki stagecraft. He takes on the dual role of Yoshitsune’s loyal retainer and the enigmatic fox spirit; performing the dazzling sequence of stage tricks that has made this one of the most popular works in all of Kabuki.

For more information or to book tickets, see is also offering the chance for two lucky customers to win a pair of tickets to the performance on Monday 7 June at 7.30pm. All you have to do is enter “Kabuki competition” in the comments section when ordering online or below and you will be automatically placed into our Prize Draw! Good Luck! Competition now closed. Congratulations to YOGO and Neha Zubair Dar – please check your inboxes. Thanks to everyone who entered!

RECIPE: Hiyayakko Chilled Tofu



Hiyayakko is a traditional Japanese dish that is often served during the warm months in spring and summer. This recipe is not only very easy to make, but also a great way to eat a delicious, healthy dish at any time.

There are many different types of tofu available and some are of course better than others for making Hiyayakko. To get the best tofu, you will need to find something fresh and of high quality. Find our recommendations below.

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RECIPE: Maki Sushi Rolls



Sushi rolls, or Makizushi in Japanese, is the quintessential type of sushi that is most familiar outside of Japan.
This type of sushi is made by wrapping up a variety of ingredients in rice and crispy nori seaweed. Some of the most common ingredients for makizushi include salmon, tuna and avocado.
Making makizushi at home can be very fun as you can mix any ingredients that you like together to create a new sushi masterpiece!

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