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Tanabata Festival – How Japan Celebrates Summer

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Ahh, Summer. Don’t you just love it? The sun shines for eighteen hours a day, the warm day beckons you to emerge from your indoor caves for at least a small amount of time, and steaming cups of green tea and warm sake are quickly replaced with ice cold matcha. And of course, there are the summer festivals! In Japan, the Tanabata festival is one of the most well-known and loved of the festivals. And since, until this Saturday (12/7/2014) only, Japan Centre has some fantastic festive themed items on offer, now is the perfect time to provide a rundown of the festival’s origins and where it is most joyously celebrated.

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20% Off Exclusive Offer – For Three Days Only!

Love Japanese food and love a bargain? Who doesn’t?! And if you order online at from 2/7/2014 to 4/7/2014, you can get 20% OFF all food items!


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Eat Healthy and Smart with 7 Diet Tips from Japan

Japan is famous for its long lived oldies, good looking citizens and healthy foods. Learn how you with our 10 easy tips.

Cookies & Milk1. 80% Rule

Hara hachi bunme or eating until you’re 80% full is a precept found in both Buddhism and Confucianism. It’s been taken to heart in Japan and as a result Japan has one of the lowest average BMI (body mass index) in the developed world.

High BMIs are linked to diseases like type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease, so having a healthy BMI will not only make you a bit more trim, it might also help you live longer! Eating to the 80% rule is also an easy way to calorie count without denying yourself your favourite foods.

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Shio-Koji – The Secret Marinade That’s Full of Flavour

Shio-Koji - The Secret Marinade That's Full of Flavour

Shio-koji has sweeping Japan by storm recently, but what is it? How can you use it? What makes it so delicious? Discover the secret marinade that you’ve loved all along!

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One Bird on a Shirt! Football in Japan

One Bird on a Shirt!

While the chances of ‘football coming home’ are looking dimmer for both England and Japan, you can still learn about how Japan does the great game and get some great offers on some great snacks!

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Essential Ingredients for Classic Dishes

Deliciously Essential Japanese Cooking Ingredients

Get the low down on just what to do with all those ingredients and which to use for your favourite Japanese dishes. Read More…

Must Try Heat Beating Cheats From Japan

Must Try Heat Beating Cheats From Japan

Phew, summer has finally arrived! If you’re already melting like a microwaved ice lolly, read on to learn how Japan beats the heat!

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Father’s Day Gift Round-Up


Father’s Day is rapidly approaching. If you’ve been struggling to find the perfect gift for someone special, why not take some inspiration from Japan and celebrate Father’s Day Japan style!

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Etiquette Guide to Visiting A Japanese Home

Etiquette Guide to Visiting A Japanese Home

Japan has a reputation for being a country with strict etiquette. Especially if our Japanese textbooks were anything to judge by! Visiting a Japanese friend’s home may now class on the scale of ‘defeat Godzilla’, however just like everywhere else in the world making an effort to have good manners will get you a long way!

Check out our guide for some small dos and don’ts when you’re visiting a Japanese home for the first time.

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It is here! Exclusive Online Savings at


For a limited time only, Japan Centre’s Online Shop is offering huge savings on some of our most popular items. Read on to find out more.

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