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New Year will be soon upon us again and that means it’s time for some traditional Japanese celebrations! New Year, called Shƍgatsu 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. 🙂

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Do you love tsukemono? Pickles in Japan are a vital yet often underrated aspect of Japanese cuisine – and the foodies here at Japan Centre can’t get enough of them. So our pickles are being thoroughly tickled by the arrival of some of Japan’s best tsukemono, straight from Kyoto. Let’s take a look at what makes this colourful selection so very special…

Izakaya - Dinner Time in Tokyo by Tokyo Fahion - flickr

You can find them throughout Japan, in diminutive rural towns and in the roaring streets of neon glazed cities, from the hinterlands of Hokkaido to the frenzy of Osaka. Izakaya are the pubs of Japan, where comfort food and beverages go hand in hand with convivial atmosphere and inebriated relaxation. Discover the history, the process, the food and the wonders of this magnificent facet of Japanese culture. Join Japan Centre and follow the lanterns…

As we all know only too well, Japanese cuisine is some of the ruddy best on the whole planet. But did you know that there are countless examples of regional specialities all over the country? This year, Japan Centre is bringing the best of Chugoku Region to you lucky kids in the UK! Read on for more info.