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Sake Ceremony & Mochi Pounding Events for New Year at Japan Centre

Sake Ceremony and Mochi Making

New Year will be soon upon us again and that means it’s time for some traditional Japanese celebrations! New Year, called Shōgatsu in Japanese is one of the most important festivals of the year with plenty of tasty food and drink, as well as a fantastic variety of interesting customs.

If you want to experience some of the fun that happens during the Japanese New Year celebrations, why not join us at Japan Centre and get involved. There’s free samples to be had to make it even more tempting! :)

Mochi Pounding

Called mochitsuki in Japanese, mochi pounding is the custom of pounding large amounts of mochi rice into soft, stretchy and sticky mochi! Using a giant hammer and a huge mortar, 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 is a technique that takes a lot of coordination, but is certainly quite a show to watch. You can find out more about mochi and mochi making in our blog post on the subject.

Want to see some authentic mochi pounding at Japan Centre? Head over to Japan Centre Piccadilly and enjoy the spectacle. We will even have some free mochi to give away to anyone who wants to try this authentically made Japanese sweet.

Where: Japan Centre Piccadilly Store
When: Friday 2nd January 2015 | From 12pm-
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Sake ‘Cask Opening’ Ceremony

Kagami Biraki literally means ‘opening the mirror’ in Japanese and refers to an ancient ritual of opening either a type of mochi, or more recently breaking open a ceremonial cask of sake. This is a common practice which although traditionally done just after New Year, is now popularly done at weddings, opening ceremonies for new businesses and other various special occasions in Japan.

We will be breaking open our very own cask of Gekkeikan sake at Japan Centre Piccadilly. If you’ve recovered from New Year’s Eve, you can also grab a free taste of the sake after the ceremony! :)

Where: Japan Centre Piccadilly Store
When: Friday 2nd January 2015 | From 12pm-
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We look forward to seeing you at Japan Centre on the 2nd!

Swap Wine for Sake! 5 Classic Dishes and What to Pair Them With

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Sake is delicious with Japanese food, but it’s fantastic with all kinds of food. Find out which classic non-Japanese dishes are simply amazing with sake!

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Tableware for a Picture Perfect Meal

Tableware for a Picture Perfect Meal

You’ve cooked a delicious Japanese meal, but how to serve it? Learn all about the tableware you need to make your dinner or afternoon tea picture perfect.

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Japan Centre Near You! Events Calendar 2014

 

Come See Us! 2014 Dates

You need not practice your cockney and brave London town to visit Japan Centre. This year we’re coming to you! We’ll be visiting all sorts of places around Europe, so you can have the coolest and yummiest stuff all the way from Japan. 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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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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Beginner’s Guide to Japanese Tea Ceremony in Just 5 Minutes


Beginner's Guide to Japanese Tea Ceremony in Just 5 Minutes

Discover a hobby that will last you a lifetime. Japanese tea ceremony can seem intimidating, but we’ll show you how to get started in just a few easy steps.

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Japan Centre Near You! Events Calendar 2013

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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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JAFF: Japan Centre’s third Japan Food Festival 27th July – 12th August

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Japan Centre is proud to announce our third Japan Food Festival (JAFF), 27th July – 12th August at our Regent Street Store in collaboration with the Fukuoka Chamber of Commerce and Industry!

Sample local produce from this fertile southern island, never before sold in the UK! Get your hands on exclusive regional specialities and experience the culinary diversity and beauty of Kyushu right here in London. Featuring free tastings every day from 3 – 6pm the event features limited edition Kyushu products for 2 weeks only, make sure you don’t miss out!

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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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Sake Ceremony & Mochi Pounding Events for New Year at Japan Centre

New Year will be soon upon us again and that means it’s time for some traditional Japanese celebrations! New Year, called Shōgatsu in Japanese is one of the most important festivals of the year with plenty of tasty food and drink, as well as a fantastic variety of interesting customs.

If you want to experience some of the fun that happens during the Japanese New Year celebrations, why not join us at Japan Centre and get involved. There’s free samples to be had to make it even more tempting! :)

Mochi Pounding

Called mochitsuki in Japanese, mochi pounding is the custom of pounding large amounts of mochi rice into soft, stretchy and sticky mochi! Using a giant hammer and a huge mortar, 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 is a technique that takes a lot of coordination, but is certainly quite a show to watch.

Want to see some  authentic mochi pounding at Japan Centre? Head over to Japan Centre Acton Store and enjoy the spectacle. We will even have some free mochi to give away to anyone who wants to try this authentically made Japanese sweet.

When: Monday 2nd January 2012 | 12pm~ & 3pm~
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Sake ‘Cask Opening’ Ceremony

Kagami Biraki literally means ‘opening the mirror’ in Japanese and refers to an ancient ritual of opening either a type of mochi, or more recently breaking open a ceremonial cask of sake. This is a common practice which although traditionally done just after New Year, is now popularly done at weddings, opening ceremonies for new businesses and other various special occasions in Japan.

We will be breaking open our very own cask of Gekkeikan sake at both Japan Centre Regent Street Store and Japan Centre Acton Store. It might be a little early for some, but you can also grab a free taste of the sake after the ceremony! :)

When: Monday 2nd January 2012 | 1pm~
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We look forward to seeing you at Japan Centre on the 2nd!
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