From venerable roots in the Ottoman Empire to the modern matcha latte, cafe culture is a phenomena found across the globe. Japan has naturally made the concept its own, with a few unique additions here and there. While Japan has more than its fair share of expert barristas and finely brewed espressos, join us as we take a look at Japan’s top 5 pop-culture cafes! Read More…
In our continuing quest to bring you only the very finest in Japanese food, drink and culture, Japan Centre recently pitted 5 of our favourite sakes against each other to find out which would become the sake champ! Plus, we’ll take you through a few of the more popular sake styles available. Great for making you look like a super brain next time you’re enjoying some sake with friends!
Held on the 3rd of March every year, Hina Matsuri is a day on which families across Japan wish for health and happiness for their young daughters. Perhaps most famous for the beautiful arrangements of hina-ningyo dolls that are displayed in homes or at certain shrines, Hina Matsuri means dolls’ festival. Hina Matsuri is not just about beautiful dolls, though. There’s also loads of delicious food too! So scroll down to learn all about the essentials you need to make a Hina Matsuri meal fit for an empress!
The half-term hols are just around the corner, but with wet weather on the horizon and only so many hours of ‘powerful rangers’ that anyone can enjoy, why not make bento your half-term project for you and your kids?
With lots to learn, fun recipes to try and even the possibility of a bento picnic if the weather does co-operate bento make a great holiday project. Plus, unlike other holiday activities you’ll still be able to use all the bits during term time when the ‘big kids’ take over lunch duties. If you want to learn about Japan’s amazing answer to packed lunches, read on and see how you can make bento fun your holiday project!
We all know how it is… Christmas is over, the last of the wine and turkey have been snaffled and it’s time to turn over a new leaf! But despite those great yoga pants you got for that pilates class you will totally go to, or all those delicious naughty snacks you shovelled into the bin in ‘Operation: Clean Start!’, one week later you’re standing in the chippy asking for your usual. Argh!
Take a tip (or five) from us and read all about how 5 simple changes from Japanese food culture will help you lose weight and eat more healthily, without sacrificing the foods you love!
New Year is one of the most important celebrations in Japan, and as such there are many fantastic traditions associated with it (not to mention delicious food!) On January 2nd from 12 noon join us at Japan Centre Piccadilly for two fantastic free events all in the name of a Happy New Year!
Sake Ceremony [Kagami Biraki]
You might think anything that involves hitting stuff and alcohol was an accident waiting to happen, but the Kagami Biraki sake ceremony is popular at special occasions across Japan such as New Year without a whiff of touble (mostly). Kagami Biraki means ‘opening the mirror’ in Japanese and can refers to breaking open the lid (mirror) of a large ceremonial cask of sake with several wooden mallets while everyone shouts an encouraging “Yoisho!”
Arrive for 12 noon and watch as we smash open our gigantic sake barrel and serve free, royal warrant Gekkeikan sake to all as we ‘kampai’ in the New Year!
After the sake ceremony at 12:30 we will begin to pound the mochi and once prepared serve free anko red bean-filled mochi to all those in store.
When: Thursday 2nd January 2014 | 12:30 – 14:00
See you there!
A great day out for all the family, we look forward to seeing you all at Japan Centre on the 2nd for these two unique, loud and fun, free New Year events!
Does Santa’s sleigh make a stop in Tokyo and Hokkaido? Of course it does! But what about turkey, presents and Christmas cards? Come bask in the warmth of the twinkly lights and pine tree scented knick knacks, and learn all about how Japan makes Christmas very merry indeed!
Always find yourself trudging back from the shops with heavy bags of rice? Forget to buy rice in the first place? We’ve all been there, I’m sure. Well, worry no more – Japancentre.com has launched a new service aimed at taking the stress away from the monthly trip to the shops for U.K. mainland customers.
The idea is to order a 6-month subscription to a bag of rice, and we’ll take care of the work and send you your rice at the same time every month! Plus, by participating, you’ll save on a whole bag of rice! Couldn’t be better, right? Wrong! We’ll throw in FREE SHIPPING as well which means that altogether, you are going to save more than £50!
Please pay attention to the Terms and Conditions after the jump.
This Christmas is going to be a feast not only for the tastebuds, but the eyes, mind and wallet too! We’ve decked the halls and gone all out this year to make sure there’s something amazing going on at all times. So don’t miss out, check out our amazingly comprehensive round up of everything Christmas!
In preparation for the UK’s biggest weekend long J-Culture party Japan Centre is combining forces with Hyper Japan and holding a Japan Centre x Hyper Japan collaborative event at our Westfield Stratford store 12pm – 6pm on Saturday 13th July!