Seaweed can come in many forms and are particularly popular as a food source in coastal countries such as Japan, where seaweed has been eaten for thousands of years. Wakame, konbu, nori… there are many different types of Japanese seaweed that are delicious and healthy, but what are the differences and which ones should you use when cooking Japanese food! Japan Centre has the answers… read on for more details.


Umai Midsummer Offers! 11th Jul – 7th August

UPDATE: Our Midsummer Offer for nigiri sushi at umai has proved to be hugely popular so we are giving you a whole extra week to get the best deals on the tastiest sushi as well as your don dishes all week from the 19th to 22nd of July.

Whether you are a fan of our huge range of sushi, or prefer a traditional Japanese style bento lunch, Umai at Japan Centre has a great new offer every week for the next four weeks so you can enjoy your favourite Japanese food at even better value.

Simply pop into Japan Centre from today and start to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity. This week starts with up to 17% off all nigiri sushi including our favourite, fresh organic salmon nigiri sushi.


Please note that the delivery charge will still be displayed during the checkout stage, but we will remove the delivery cost before taking the payment when your order is ready to be sent out.

With free delivery on Japan Centre UK orders over £20, now is the perfect time to grab some delicious Japanese food, relax with a tasty bowl of ramen and slurp down an ice cold Asahi!

This great offer is valid all the way to midnight on Sunday so is a great time to stock up on all those kitchen cupboard essentials like rice, soy sauce, cooking sake and Japanese snacks.

Read on for the conditions of this great offer!


Dashi this, dashi that… if you are interested in Japanese cooking, dashi is one of those keywords that pops up in nearly every recipe. In this Japan Centre feature post, I am going to explain exactly what dashi is, how it can be used to enhance your cooking and most importantly, how to make your own dashi!
What is Dashi?
Dashi is a flavouring stock used in Japanese cuisine, giving that quintessential Japanese flavour to your favourite foods. It all starts with something called “umami”, which when translated from Japanese to English, “savoury” is probably the closest word. Umami was discovered as one of the five senses to accompany sweet, sour, bitter and salty and is a more friendly name for the taste of glutamates. Our tongues are quite partial to umami flavours which is why strong, intensly flavoured foods, especially when paired together can give an even more intense flavour. Ever tried cheese and marmite, or parmesan on tomato sauce? Oh yes, those are certainly foods that taste even better when you combine them together!