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Father’s Day Gift Round-Up

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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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EVENT: Free Tofu Tasting & Gift Event

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 Free stuff, delicious food! What more could you want from a weekend? 

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Make Mother’s Day Special with Gifts from Japan

Mother's DayMother’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.

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Ring in the New Year with Mochi Pounding at Japan Centre!

New Year Mochi Tsuki & Kagami Biraki

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]

Kagami Biraki Sake Cask Opening

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!

When: Thursday 2nd January 2014 | 12:00

Mochi Pounding [Mochi Tsuki]

Fresh Mochi, yum!

You might think of mochi as a delicious sweet treat, but have you ever wondered how the rice gets so chewy and delicious? Yep, more hammers and mallets. Visit Japan Centre at 12:30 on January 2nd and see how it’s done the old fashioned way, using a giant hammer and a huge mortar! Traditional mochi making requires considerable feats of strength and nimble fingers, one person hammers down on the mochi while another person adds water and flips the mochi over in between pounding to stop it from sticking. It’s a real sight to see, with the added frisson of danger from potential squashed hands!

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!

Bigger and Better Rice Subscription! Never Forget Your Rice Again!

Rice Delivery! Even Better

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.

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EVENT: Japan Centre x Hyper Japan Sat 13th July

Japan Centre x Hyper Japan

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!

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JAFF: Japan Food Festival Hokuriku is Here!

Free Tasting 10th-30th June From 2:30pm Japan Centre Regent St.

Yes, the fifth Japan Food Festival (JAFF) is now here! From the 10th – 30th June online at Japancentre.com and at our Regent Street store we are showcasing regional produce from the Hokuriku region in northwest Japan in collaboration with the Hokuriku Bank.

Not only will this be a chance to try exclusive produce never before sold in the UK, we will also be showcasing these regional specialities, such as miso, ramen and sake in free tastings every day from 2:30pm at our Regent Street store.

If you’re not based in London, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out! All the tasty treats being showcased in JAFF: Hokuriku are now available online at Japancentre.com. You can also check out all the delicious offerings out in our JAFF: Hokuriku leaflet.

Download the full brochure: JAFF: Hokuriku

Our Producers

Specially selected to represent the best and most delicious of Hokuriku fare, each of our producers participating in the fair offer a unique taste of the region. Let’s introduce them below!

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New Service! Never Forget Your Rice Again!

Monthly Rice Delivery

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 UK 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 every month on the same day! Plus, by participating, you’ll save on a whole bag of rice! Couldn’t be better, right? Wrong – if you order now, we’ll throw in FREE SHIPPING as well!

Please pay attention to the Terms and Conditions after the jump.

Shop Now!

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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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Delivery in time for Christmas & New Year 2012

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Get your gifts in time for the big day!

We love doing our Christmas shopping online, but it does mean that we can’t leave it until Christmas Eve to do it all! If you want guaranteed delivery before Christmas from Japan Centre Online there are a few dates to be aware of to make sure you receive your order in time. Please be aware these dates are also for guaranteed delivery before New Year.

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