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Mega Manga Face Off – Bleach vs. Naruto vs. One Piece

Mega Manga Face Off - Bleach vs. Naruto vs. One Piece


 Manga are Japanese style comics. If you’re expecting spandex and super friends, you’ll be sadly disappointed though. Manga spans a much wider spectrum than mainstream Western comics, with everything from accountancy exams to grand romance making its way into manga. Correspondingly it has very wide readership in Japan, with Bleach getting estimated weekly sales of around 387,000 for the latest edition, compared with Naruto’s 741,000 or One Piece’s 2,075,000! Whoa! That’s a lot of manga fans.

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WIN: Kumamon Goods – Competition!



Are you a Kumamon fan? Maybe you just love cute characters or tasty food? Either way there is something for all in this week’s Kumamon competition! To find out how you could be in with a chance to win just read on…

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Japan Centre Near You! Events Calendar 2013

japan centre events

Japan Centre is not only located in London, oh no! In 2013 we will be visiting many locations around Europe bringing all the best Japan Centre goodies to you! Keep an eye on our Events Calendar to see where we will be popping up next, you never know if could be in your neighbourhood!

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Christmas & New Year Opening Times 2012

Christmas and New Year Delivery Times

Planning on popping along to see us this festive season? Make sure you check we’re open! Please see below for all our store location opening times between Christmas and New Year.

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Origami Demonstration: Amazing Paper Sculptures

Origami Demonstration Westfield

Japan Centre are lucky enough to have the talented members of the British Origami Society on hand to demonstrate the beautiful 17th century art of Japanese origami paper-folding Sunday 1st July, 12pm – 3pm at Westfield Stratford City.  Join us as we see some amazing creations come to life, as well as get the chance to test your own origami skills (and count the paper cuts!) with some hands-on tutorials. There’s even a free origami crane for the kids!

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Easter Holiday Schedule

Easter Holidays

Easter is here!

Want some tasty treats delivered to your door or to pop in for a bite to eat over Easter? Check out our Easter opening schedule to make sure nothing stands in the way of great food from Japan Centre this holiday!
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Student Discount at Japan Centre and umai!

Student Discount

Ahh I remember my student days fondly. Lots of parties, lots of drinking and lots of sleeping. Unfortunately though, not a lot of money. This is why Japan Centre is here to help and support you! We know how daunting it can be thinking about how much you have left to spend on proper food instead of that 8p pack of instant noodles or yet another week’s worth of pasta… so we’ve introduced a student discount!

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Hyper Japan Event


Hyper Japan is a three day Japanese extravaganza held at Olympia in London celebrating everything about Japanese food and culture.

With plenty of events going on over the weekend including the 2011 UK sushi awards, music performances from Kanon Wakeshima and a cosplay competition, there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy.

And if that wasn’t enough to tempt you, Japan Centre will have a stall there too showing some of the cool Japanese books, magazines and snacks that you can buy at our shop.

Be sure to have a look at the Hyper Japan website and watch out for a competition that we will be running soon for a chance to win free tickets for this event.

New Japan Centre Bookshop Now Open


Since the Japan Centre food shop moved to a new premises in Regent Street, you may have noticed that there have been some changes to our bookshop. Unfortunately, due to a lack of space, we have been unable to display a large range of our products.

That was before…

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Bookshop Moved and New Toku Restaurant Opening Soon


Due to the Crown Estate wanting to tidy up much of London in preparation for the 2012 Olympics, we had to leave our old location in 212-213 Piccadilly. But there’s good news, Japan Centre is expanding again!

The Bookshop and Homeware departments have now moved into the Japan Centre Food Hall located at 14 Regent Street. This section will soon be expanding to offer an even wider range of books, magazines and homeware.

The new Toku Restaurant will be opening May/June 2010 at 16 Regent Street right next to our Food Hall.  If you can’t wait that long, don’t fret – a new Toku Restaurant Sushi Bar will be opening first in April 2010. Keep checking our blog for more details! Read More…


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