Archive | July, 2012

Eat Like A Champion: Toku’s Medal Winners Menu

toku olympic menu

You don’t just have to cheer on Tom Daley from your sofa, or join in a Mexican wave at the Opening Ceremony to take part in The Games this year. To honour a wonderful summer of celebrations Toku Restaurant (perfectly positioned for the Cycling and Marathon events according to Waitrose) has announced its special Olympiad Medal Winner’s Menu.

Helping you save money and enjoy this amazing sporting event, the Medal Winner’s Menu will leave you enough spare cash to buy that extra union jack flag or much-needed fold-away bike to escape the inevitable commuter crush!

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More Info Coming to a Pack Near You!

More info! We love info!

The first time I ever tried soba noodles, what I really ended up with was a glue-like mess. I had seen the delicious looking package on the shelf and decided, “Yeah! I’m going to make that!” Of course what I did when I got home (finding no decipherable English instructions on the packet) was to stick them the whole packet in about 2cm of water (in a kettle no less) and forget about them boiling away until roughly half an hour after they had changed from scrumptious noodles to grey gloop.

Seem familiar to anyone else?

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JAFF: Japan Centre’s third Japan Food Festival 27th July – 12th August


Japan Centre is proud to announce our third Japan Food Festival (JAFF), 27th July – 12th August at our Regent Street Store in collaboration with the Fukuoka Chamber of Commerce and Industry!

Sample local produce from this fertile southern island, never before sold in the UK! Get your hands on exclusive regional specialities and experience the culinary diversity and beauty of Kyushu right here in London. Featuring free tastings every day from 3 – 6pm the event features limited edition Kyushu products for 2 weeks only, make sure you don’t miss out!

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Win Mitsuko Delivers on DVD!

mitsuko delivers

To celebrate the UK DVD release of Mitsuko Delivers, the latest comedy from Japanese film director Yuya Ishii, Japan Centre is running a competition to give away 3 copies of  Ishii’s quirky film Sawako Decides to three lucky winners!

Mitsuko Delivers

The newest film from director Yuya Ishii, ‘Mitsuko Delivers’ comes out on DVD July 9th at all major online and high-street retailers.

This breathless new comedy tells the story of a woman (Riisa Naka, Summer Wars) who’s at a delicate juncture in life; alone, flat broke and to top it all nine-months pregnant. Her folks think she’s in California living the high life with her baby’s GI father. In fact she’s in Tokyo, searching for a purpose, and eventually finding one in the ramshackle working-class alley where she grew up… Mitsuko Delivers is original, fanciful and adventurous – quintessentially Japanese.

For more information about screenings make sure you check out Third Window Films.

How Can I Enter?

To enter and be in with a chance of winning a copy of this great film on DVD, all you have to do is leave a comment here, on our Toku Restaurant facebook post, or reply to our tweet telling us ‘What is the funniest Japanese comedy film or TV show you’ve seen?’

A random winner will be chosen and contacted on Friday, June 13th.

Good luck everyone and make sure you keep an eye out for the next Japan Centre competition!

Tanabata Festival: Stars, Wishes and Street Food

With Tanabata just around the corner on 7th July, Japanese towns everywhere are about to burst into life to celebrate. Here at Japan Centre we wish we could be in Japan, strolling around the local Tanabata Festival in our light and airy yutaka, writing wishes on tanzaku and sampling some sumptuous festival food that the Japanese do oh so well. But, alas, we are stuck here! So we’re going to do the next best thing and cook up some of our own wonderful Japanese yatai stall-inspired festival street food.

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New Sushi and Sake Bar @ Westfield Stratford

westfield sushi and sake bar

Join us at Westfield Stratford City at our newly opened Sushi & Sake Bar. Refresh after a day’s shopping at Westfield with low-fat, omega 3-rich sushi, piping hot crunchy tempura and a cup of crisp sake. umai by Japan Centre’s new Sushi & Sake Bar is a fantastic new addition to our east-end store, with budget concious prices and a relaxed izakaya bar environment.

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