Archive | November, 2011

Japan Centre Online Christmas & New Year Delivery Schedule Plus Store Opening Hours

The Christmas and New Year Rush Begins!

We love doing our Christmas shopping online, but it does mean that we can’t leave it until Christmas Eve to do it all! :) If you want guaranteed delivery before Christmas from Japan Centre Online there are a few dates to be aware of to make sure that you will receive your order in time for the big day. Please be aware these dates are also for guaranteed delivery before New Year.

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JC Sushi Academy is Back: Cooking Classes for Everyone

Ever wondered “how do I do that?!” at a Japanese restaurant? JC Sushi Academy brings you authentic Japanese cooking training in a relaxed environment at Westfield Stratford City, so you can learn the skills to make your favourite Japanese dishes at home.

Japan Centre’s popular Sushi Academy is back, come and learn the secrets of making delicious, healthy sushi! Each class offers a chance to learn directly from the teacher with plenty of hands on practice. This gives you a chance to master every technique and pick up numerous cooking tips to get the most from your Japanese cooking. There are even one to one lessons taught by our experienced head chef at Toku Restaurant.

Each class ends with a quick tour around umai by Japan Centre so you can find out more about the different ingredients used in Japanese cooking, as well as have a chance to pick up some kitchen essentials to continue your cooking at home.

Come to the website now to get more details, find the prices and enquire online! Go on… we’ll wait here!

Make Your Own Origami Candy Box

Keep Your Candy Safe From Prying Eyes & Itchy Fingers!

Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding and has been a popular hobby and art form for centuries. The complexities of some designs that are made from just a single sheet of square paper are absolutely mind bending, not to mention beautifully elegant. If you are interested in origami and want to try making some yourself, read our Japan Centre guide to making a very cute box, perfect for a small gift or to keep your precious snacks and candy safe!

Read More… Has Had a Revamp! Come and Check it Out!

Phew, it’s been a long time coming, but we are finally able to show you the huge facelift we have given our website to make shopping for authentic Japanese food easier than ever! We got so excited, we even updated our blog to make it easier for you to read up on Japan Centre news, fun competitions and articles about delicious Japanese food!
As you can see, we have made a lot of changes to our site which we hope you will enjoy.

New Layout

We have completely updated the layout of our site with much easier access to all the important areas such as food items, authentic recipes and the help pages.


New Categories

Don’t worry, all your favourite Japanese foods are still here, but we have restructured the categories so that items can be found more quickly and easily.


Advanced Filtering

As an extension to our new categories, you can now filter the search results to display only the items that you need, such as specific brands, or types of items within the same category.


Euro Currency Available

We have now included a Euro currency to our website so you can find out how much each item is without guesswork or jumping to a conversion website to compare prices. *NOTE Please be aware that the order total will be charged at the conversion rate accurate to the day we charge your card, which differ slightly to the order total you see when you complete your order.

New Saved Basket Template Feature

Our saved basket template feature allows you to add your kitchen essentials to a template basket so that you can checkout in a single click, instead of having to add the same items to your basket one by one every time you shop with us.


More Detailed Item Descriptions

Our top items now have more detailed descriptions, an ingredients list and nutritional information so you can be sure of exactly what you are getting. We will be rolling out these new descriptions to all other items soon!


New Help Pages

Our updated Help page can help to answer any questions you may have while shopping online at Make sure to check this first if you have any questions about delivery or buying online with us.


Even More Japanese Food

We have been busy uploading lots of new items including many chilled and frozen items to provide the largest selection of Japanese food online in Europe.



We hope that you like our revamped website and find it easier and faster to complete your Japanese food shopping online. If you have any comments at all, please let us know. We want your experience with to be as smooth as possible so appreciate any feedback that you can send us. Send your feedback to

Learn How to Use Chopsticks… and How to Catch Flies!

As Mr Miyagi said himself “Man who catch fly with chopstick accomplish anything”!

Chopsticks are more than just eating utensils in Japan. They are an extension of your fingers and require skill and dexterity to master. It’s no wonder then that a Japanese person will likely shower you with praise when you are able to use them gracefully and most importantly, successfully!

Read on for our Japan Centre guide to chopsticks, and maybe you will find the answer to Mr Miyagi’s biggest problem… just how do you catch a fly with a pair of wooden sticks?

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Christmas Gift Sets Available at Japan Centre Online

Are you struggling to find unique gifts for your family and friends this Christmas? Worried that soon you might have to start resorting to socks and undies? Get yourself over to the Japan Centre website this festive season to find awesome Japanese themed gift ideas. From gift sets of popular Japanese sweets and snacks for the young ones to fine bottles of authentic Japanese sake for the more mature,  we have something for everyone.

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COMPETITION: Win Tickets for Premiere Japan Film Festival at The Barbican

COMPETITION: Win Tickets for Japanese Films

Japanese films seem to be getting more and more popular over here these days! Hardly a month goes by without a selection of Japanese films been shown in London, but this Premiere Japan Film Festival at The Barbican is a serious contender of showing some of the best new Japanese films ever!

Japan Centre has teamed up with The Barbican in London to give two winners entry to see one of the great Japanese films of their choice.

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COMPETITION: Win Tickets for Japanese Film KanZeOn!


COMPETITION: Win Tickets for Japanese Film KanZeOn!

KanZeOn is a brand new film exploring both music and Buddhism in a fascinating new documentary from directors Neil Cantwell & Tim Grabham. Japan Centre is one of the official supporters of this film and we have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner of our latest competition!

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EVENT: Free Japanese Cooking Lesson at Umai Westfield! – *UPDATE: FULLY BOOKED!*


*UPDATE: This cooking class is now fully booked and there are no spaces left unfortunately. However, keep an eye out for full authentic Japanese cooking courses coming soon!*

Do you want start making your own Japanese food at home, but aren’t really sure where to begin? If so, why not come and check out our Japanese cooking lesson at umai by Japan Centre at our new Westfield Stratford City store, absolutely free!

Your teacher will be Kim Yukawa, an expert on all types of Japanese food who will show you how to make some of the most popular dishes from authentic Japanese cuisine.

To join this free cooking lesson, simply send us an email so we can reserve a place for you.

Where: umai by Japan Centre Westfield Stratford City Store.
When: Wednesday 9th November. 12pm to 1:30pm.

We hope you will come and join us at umai by Japan Centre next week!



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