If you ask a Japanese person what best represents summer for them, along with cicadas, summer matsuri (festivals) and yutaka,  ramune is sure to get a mention! Ramune is an incredibly iconic soft drink, but it’s not the only one. We recently added loads of cool new drinks to Japan Centre, so take a look at all the new flavours!

Dashi is a very commonly used ingredient in Japanese cooking. But what is it and why is it so popular?

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.

Calling all rock fans, this is a competition you will not want to miss. VAMPS, the Japanese rock band formed by and featuring HYDE (L’Arc~en~Ciel) and K.A.Z (Oblivion Dust), will return to the UK for a one-off headline show on March 28th at KOKO, Camden and Japan Centre have 5 pairs of tickets up for grabs!