Archive | August, 2011

New Umai Air Street Sushi & Deli Shop in London


Umai by Japan Centre has a brand new shop open with a fantastic range of fresh, handmade sushi and delicious bento. Located on the corner of Air Street and Brewer Street in Soho, London, it is a perfect place to pop into for a quick and healthy lunch.

Umai by Japan Centre
19 Air Street,

020 3405 2392

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OFFER: Get a FREE Eco Bag When You Spend Over £20 Online


UPDATE: Offer Extended to Sunday 4th September. There is still a chance to get one!

As part of our Japan Centre 35th Anniversary Festival Promotion, we have some fantastic eco-friendly tote bags to give away to customers who spend over £20 shopping online at Japan Centre. Each bag is 100% eco-friendly and comes with a cool Japanese style design to mark our anniversary, perfect for your next trip to Japan Centre!

Please read the terms below to make sure that your order qualifies to receive one of these eco bags.

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COMPETITION: Win Tickets for TeZuKa Manga Performance at Sadler’s Wells Theatre


If you like Japanese manga and anime, then you will know that Osamu Tezuka, the “God of manga”, was one of the early pioneers of this exciting Japanese art form. Astro Boy, perhaps his most well known manga has been hugely popular in Japan since its inception in 1952 and often cited as the character that bought manga and anime to the mainstream. It is so popular that Astro Boy was even made into a computer animated Hollywood film in 2009!

Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London are presenting a brand new production running from the 6th to 10th September inspired by Osamu Tezuka that explores his fascinating world – a blend of tradition, science fiction and contemporary reality. Japan Centre have a pair of tickets for one lucky winner to go and see the show, so you too can be inspired by this master artist and his work!

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COMPETITION: Win Tickets for ‘Villain’ – The “Best Japanese Film of 2010″!


Another week, another great competition! To continue with our Japanese film and theatre prizes, this week we have a wonderful opportunity for two Japan Centre fans to win a pair of tickets to see ‘Villain’, a Japanese crime thriller that critics are calling the “best Japanese film of 2010″!

Read on for details of the film and how to enter the competition.

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Japan Centre 35th Anniversary Promotions at Regent Street!


Special Anniversary Festival Promotion: 35 Years of Japan Centre in London!

11th – 31st August 2011

Can you believe 35 years have passed since Japan Centre first began selling Japanese items in London! It wasn’t Japanese food back then either, but a selection of books and martial arts equipment. We have since grown to become one of the largest and most influential Japanese shops in London, offering a great range of services and products for anyone interested in Japanese food and culture.

To celebrate our 35th Anniversary Festival, the Japan Centre food shop in Regent Street have amazing new promotions every week for the next three weeks, with great discounts on your favourite Japanese foods, free gifts and food tasting and even a huge sale at our bakery!

Read on to find out what great events we have on for the next three weeks!

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COMPETITION: Win a Pair of Tickets to See “Halcyon Days” Japanese Theater Performance!


Japan Centre has teamed up with the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith to offer you a chance to win a pair of tickets for a brand new Japanese production. Halcyon Days is a Japanese play by playwright and director Shoji Kokami about three people and a ghost who meet on a suicide website.

Examining the cult popularity of suicide websites in contemporary Japanese culture, the play looks at a decade where conflicts with other nations are sensationally streamed on 24 hour rolling news channels and terrorist organisations boast about their achievements on YouTube. Even chronic depression is catered for by the increase of ‘informative’ suicide websites. Are people becoming more jaded with their real existence? Has life lost sanctity and meaning?

This is the first time that this Japanese play will be performed in English so is a great opportunity to see the darker side of Japanese theatre.

What Can I Win?

This competition is for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Halcyon Days at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. You can choose any date that the production is running for between 23rd August and 18th September 2011 depending on seat availability. Please contact us if you are the winner of the competition and let us know your preferred date so we can confirm tickets for you.

How to Enter the Competition?

As always, we will be running this competition through facebook, so head over to our facebook page and leave a comment on the competition post. You can also enter the competition by following our Japan Centre twitter feed and re-tweeting the competition post!

We will choose a random winner on Friday 12th August and let you know over the weekend if you have been chosen.

Good luck everyone and keep an eye out for great new Japan Centre competitions every week!

The Holy Trinity of Japanese Flavour: Soy Sauce, Dashi & Mirin


In every popular cuisine, there are three essential ingredients that make up the holy trinity, the cornerstone of flavours that give that classic, instantly recognisable taste. In Japanese food these three main ingredients are soy sauce, dashi & mirin.

By combining these three sauces together, you can season many Japanese dishes with that quintessential Japanese flavour. So whether you are making chicken teriyaki, hot-pots, Japanese style omelettes or even noodle soup, learning how to use these ingredients together is the first step to creating delicious Japanese food. Read on for Japan Centre‘s guide to the holy trinity of Japanese cooking.

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COMPETITION: Win a £60 Voucher for Toku Restaurant and Japanese Cinema Tickets!

Toku & BFI Competition

Japan Centre and Toku Restaurant have teamed up with the British Film Institute to offer a fantastic competition for a night full of tantalizingly tasty Japanese food and exciting, post-war cinema. Immerse yourself in Japanese culture with a trip to Toku Restaurant, where you can indulge in the finest traditional Japanese food before heading off to see a choice of some of the most vibrant and innovative films ever created. This amazing competition includes a meal for two at Toku Restaurant including wine and entry to any one of the Japanese films being shown at the BFI Southbank throughout August.

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