Could it be? Is that a hint of Spring!? While the U.K. looks forward to finding out exactly how soggy the Easter bank holiday will be, Japan’s eyes turn to the weather forecast for entirely more exciting reasons. Right now hanami, or cherry blossom viewing season, is in full swing across Japan as the ‘sakura front’ wends its way from southerly Okinawa to northern Hokkaido. But don’t get on that plane just yet! If you want to have a party under the flowers and have your own hanami picnic without going intercontinental, then read on…
Have you heard of popin’ cookin’? This candy craze has been sweeping the internet (well the tumblr-y, youtube-y parts anyway) where you use a kit to make your own sweets or savoury snacks. Most are gummy sweets in the shape of something different, like fruit gummy shaped like sushi! However some, like the curry kits, make real, tiny, portions of whichever food it’s meant to be! Whoa! Interested? Join us as we attempt (and fail miserably) to create our very own Popin’ Cookin’ masterpiece! Read More…
Dashi is a very commonly used ingredient in Japanese cooking. But what is it and why is it so popular? Read on to find out all about dashi and why this traditional Japanese ingredient has become so popular with Western chefs.
Mother’s Day is around the corner and if you’re past the age of scribbly cards (what are we saying, scribbly cards are also brill) you may be looking for a way to make someone’s day a bit more special than lovingly made burnt toast. Never fear! We’ve picked out all the coolest stuff from Japan that’s sure to be loved by mums, nanas, aunties and all around awesome special people on Mother’s Day.
Sound the klaxons another ‘superfood’ has arrived! But what is yuzu and what do you ‘yuzu’ it for? We’ll show you how to enjoy this great citrus that has been loved in Japan for centuries and the real facts behind the hype. So join us as we … discover yuzu!
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!