There are more to mushrooms than just granting extra lives or turning you into Super Mario! Mushrooms are a hugely popular ingredient in Japanese cooking and there are many varieties available compared to the standard button or flat mushrooms we see at British supermarkets. With some fantastic new Asian mushrooms available to buy online at now is the perfect time to learn more about the exciting varieties!
Here is another fantastic chance to see more independent Japanese films in London. Japan Centre has teamed up with the Raindance Film Festival to offer you the chance to win tickets to see some of the best quality Japanese cinema releases this year.
Since 1994, Raindance has unleashed some of the most potent and exceptional Japanese films and filmmakers onto the British public… and this year is no exception with this chance to discover the best indie films Japan has to offer. With a total of nine different Japanese films being shown at the festival from the 28th September to 9th October, you are sure to find something that you will like.


We are extremely pleased to announce that umai by Japan Centre will be opening a brand new shop at the new Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre on 13th September 2011.

The new Westfield Stratford City will be the largest shopping centre in Europe and home to some of the world’s best shops and restaurants. We are incredibly excited to be part of this and hope that you will come and visit us for some delicious and healthy umai lunch!

* UPDATED – Scroll down to see photos from the opening day!


Ok, this is definitely the biggest and best competition we have ever done at Japan Centre! Our new competition for this week is an amazing opportunity for one lucky winner to get the top 40 best selling items from Japan Centre, ABSOLUTELY FREE! With a huge variety of different items including food, drink and tasty snacks, this hoard will guarantee that you have everything you need to make your favourite Japanese dishes.
We also have a prize for two runner-ups to win our top 10 items. Not too shabby at all! :)
How to Enter?
All you have to do to enter is to place an order through our website by Tuesday 13th September and mention ‘TOP40’ in the comment box when you confirm your order. All the orders that we receive by midnight on the 13th September 2011 will be entered into our prize draw with a winner to be contacted later in the week.