Archive | February, 2012

Mother’s Day Gift Round Up

Mums, eh? Great, super, human beings non pareil. …but what to do for Mother’s Day?

Yes, Mother’s Day is coming, but it needn’t be the usual inexorable march towards packed, sub-par garden centre coffee shops and least-manky petrol station flowers.

We at Japan Centre think mums are super, so we’ve come up with a few ideas to show your mums, grannies or mums-in-all-but-name that you’re thinking of them.
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COMPETITION: Win a set of Japanese Films on DVD

Miki Satoshi Collection - Win DVDs!

COMPETITION: Win a set of Japanese Films on DVD

Japan Centre has teamed up with Third Window Films again, this time to give you guys a chance of winning a DVD with three superb films from contemporary Japanese Director Miki Satoshi.

This limited edition box set has been specially created to coincide with the UK release of his quirky comedy ‘Adrift in Tokyo’.

The ‘Miki Satoshi Collection’ set includes 3 of his hit best titles: ‘Turtles are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers’, ‘Instant Swamp’ and ‘Adrift in Tokyo’. All three are going straight to DVD and won’t be available to see at UK cinemas, so this is a great opportunity to see some fun Japanese films.

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Hina Matsuri: Sugar, Spice and All Things Nice?

Fed up with winter yet? Ready for something colourful and cool (or better yet an excuse for a party)? In Japan, the change from winter drudgery to sunny springtime is marked by Hina Matsuri in a couple of weeks’ time. Hina Matsuri or Girls Day is a festival held on the 3rd of March where families with daughters wish for their health and happiness. It was originally called Peach Blossom Festival (momo no sekku) as it heralded the blooming of the peach blossoms and the final start of spring! As part of the festivities, many families set up elaborate displays of dolls made to represent an ancient Imperial princess’ wedding procession. Not your run of the mill Barbie or Cindy, these dolls are handed down for generations and are considered works of art in their own right (definitely not candidates for the budding kiddy stylist DIY home hair cut). Don’t worry if dolls (er, action figures) aren’t your thing, like all Japanese festivals Hina Matsuri is also about great food. Read on to find out about Japan Centre‘s five festive selections of sugar, spice and all things nice to get your teeth into at Hina Matsuri. Read More…

Share The Love at Toku Restaurant for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is one of the many days of the year where you can get into some serious trouble with your other half if you don’t put some effort in to spend a relaxing and romantic evening together!

Why don’t you let Toku Restaurant take the weight off your shoulders and help you plan a perfect evening! We have a special 7 course ‘Gozen’ Valentine’s Day menu just for you which is full of amazingly elegant, delicious and healthy Japanese food such as sushi, sashimi, tempura, beef tataki, a Japanese dessert and and a sake or plum wine aperitif. Did you know that in Japan, they say that octopus sashimi is quite the aphrodisiac too! :)

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COMPETITION: Hyper Japan is Back for 2012… And We Have Tickets To Give Away Again!

Hyper Japan is back again for another long weekend of amazing Japan-osity at the UK’s biggest J-culture party! Hyper Japan are so excited about this year’s event, they even forgot it’s usually held in the summer and instead are having the event from the 24th to 26th February 2012! Good news for us anyway, just means that that we can have some serious Japan related fun sooner than we thought! :)

Japan Centre also has a pair of tickets to give away to a lucky winner so you can enjoy all the awesomeness of the event for absolutely nothing, yatta! Continue reading for more details of Hyper Japan 2012 and how to enter the free ticket competition!

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