Archive | October, 2011

INTERVIEW & COMPETITION: Tim Anderson Masterchef Winner & Masterchef Live 2011 Tickets Giveaway!


If you were like us, you watched the latest series of Masterchef 2011 earlier this year with baited breath… who would be crowned the winner with the best cooking skills?

We were extremely pleased when the winner was announced as Tim Anderson, a young chef who created an amazing fusion of Japanese and western dishes such as monkfish liver served with umeboshi ketchup, jellied ponzu and matcha mayonnaise and Kyushu style pork ramen with truffled lobster! We always knew that Japanese cooking was the best! :)

Read on for the full interview and details of our latest competition!

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EVENT: Free Sake Tasting at Japan Centre Regent Street – 23rd Oct 2011


If you missed our free sake tasting event last week, then make sure you come to Japan Centre Regent Street this Sunday 23rd October and try out one of our favourite varieties of Japanese sake rice wine.

Where, When, What?

Where: Japan Centre Regent Street. Click here to find a map and directions to find us.
When: Sunday 23rd October 2011 from 3pm to 7pm.
What: We will have free tasting of Kasumitsuru Kimoto Dry, from Hyogo prefecture in the Kansai area of Honshu, Japan.

We look forward to seeing you at Japan Centre on Sunday! :)

COMPETITION: Saori Yuki & Pink Martini CDs Up for Grabs!


COMPETITION: Win the latest CD from Pink Martini & Saori Yuki!

Pink Martini is a 12 piece outfit that play a concoction of classical, jazz and pop music with influences drawn from all over the world. With a recent partnership with Saori Yuki, one of the most beautiful voices in traditional Japanese music, Pink Martini have just released their latest album, 1969. They are currently touring Europe with a show held the other day at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday 17th Oct… you may have seen us forcing tickets on you through Facebook in our hasty competition on Monday! :)

Japan Centre has some great new friends over at EMI Records who have given us 3 copies of the latest album. As much as I would like to keep them, I know that you guys will enjoy them more, so we are giving them away to 3 lucky winners of our competition! Read on for more details of our latest competition.
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Japan Centre: What We Do

What We Do

Japan Centre has been growing over the last few years and our range of products and services now encompasse a wide spectrum of Japanese awesomeness!

We are a family run business that specialise in bringing you the best quality Japanese food. Japan Centre operates a Japanese food hall, an authentic restaurant and a chain of deliciously Japanese sushi and deli stores. Of course, we also have an online shop where you can buy all your favourite Japanese foods and have them delivered straight to your door.


Japan Centre
Food Hall & Department Store

Our flagship Japan Centre store in the heart of the West End includes our umai sushi & deli counter, a food hall with all types of Japanese cooking essentials and a department store for the latest Japanese books, magazines and homeware.


Japan Centre
Online Shopping

Find a huge range of Japanese food and drink online with over 1,000 items available for home delivery to the UK and Europe. With a full selection of Japanese recipes also available online, is your online home for Japanese food!


Deliciously Japanese

At umai by Japan Centre sushi & deli store, the secret to great taste is using fresh, organic ingredients in all our handmade Japanese food. Come and find our brand new umai by Japan Centre store in Westfield Stratford City.


Japanese Restaurant

Toku Restaurant offers contemporary Japanese cuisine with our speciality of light and crispy tempura. Our expert chefs are always creating exciting new dishes and wil happily give their recommendations from our wide choice of sake rice wine.

So, there you have it! Four different ways for you to get your Japanese food fix, no matter where you live! We hope you see you shopping at Japan Centre soon.

EVENT: Free Sake Tasting at Japan Centre Regent Street – 13th Oct


Are you intrigued by the elegance of traditional Japanese sake rice wine? Perhaps the tantalizing packaging and exotic names have sucked you in to the grasp of the sake goddesses, forever to hold you a slave to the delicate, but robust flavour sensations? Or maybe you just had some sake from Japan Centre before and like the taste?

Whatever the reason, sake is becoming a hugely popular drink all over the world, whether it is drunk warm in a traditional Japanese sake cup, or mixed with orange juice to make a modern take on the screwdriver cocktail – the sakedriver!

Free Sake?

If you have never tried sake before, or you just want to expand your sake horizons, come and try some sake for free at Japan Centre Regent Street this Thursday 13th October 2011.

WHERE: Japan Centre, Regent Street, London
WHEN: 3pm to 6pm

We will have a great selection of sake rice wines from Akita prefecture. Did you know that Akita is known for two things – beautiful women and perfect rice! Akita is one of the most well known rice growing areas because of its clear water, fertile land and great weather. The range in temperatures between morning and night enables rice farmers to produce a premium quality rice, which makes it ideal for creating the best quality sake. Japan Centre will have the following sake available for free tasting:

• Lady Chic Junmai Genshu
• Akinota Junmai Ginjo
• Namacho Namachozoshu
• Hideyoshi Umeshu Plum Wine

We look forward to seeing you at Japan Centre on Thursday!

FREE Delivery When You Spend Over £20 Until Sunday 9th Oct!


Spend Over £20 Online and Get Free UK Delivery

If you have been thinking about restocking your cupboards with some more tasty Japanese food, now is the time to do it! Japan Centre are currently offering FREE UK DELIVERY to everyone who spends over £20 shopping online from now until midnight on Sunday 9th October 2011.

So whether you want to try some authentic instant ramen for the first time, or just need some more Pocky to satisfy your craving, come to Japan Centre Online now and pick up all your favourite Japanese snacks and cooking essentials!

Please make sure to read the following conditions carefully to make sure that your order will be eligible for this offer.

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COMPETITION: Win Japanese Film DVDs


COMPETITION: Win Japanese Film DVDs

We have two brand new Japanese DVDs from Third Window Films to give away to a lucky winner of our latest Japan Centre competition. These are two straight to DVD films and won’t be available to see at UK cinemas, so a great opportunity to see some fun Japanese films.

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