To celebrate Studio Ghibli’s From Up on Poppy Hill at Stratford East Picturehouse from August 9th, Japan Centre together with Stratford East Picturehouse are giving away 3 pairs of tickets to see the film on a day of your choosing!  Make an afternoon of it by stopping by our umai by Japan Centre store in the Great Eastern Market, where you can find all your  usual Japan Centre favourites, before settling down and immersing yourself in the amazing world of Ghibli.
To celebrate the release of Studio Ghibli’s From Up on Poppy Hill, in cinemas August 2nd, Japan Centre are giving you the chance to win the complete Studio Ghibli DVD collection, which includes Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, Arrietty and many more! What’s more, 4 lucky runners up as well as the winner will also receive a From Up On Poppy Hill merchandise pack including a diary and dream charm. Sweet!

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If you like Japanese manga and anime, then you will know that Osamu Tezuka, the “God of manga”, was one of the early pioneers of this exciting Japanese art form. Astro Boy, perhaps his most well known manga has been hugely popular in Japan since its inception in 1952 and often cited as the character that bought manga and anime to the mainstream. It is so popular that Astro Boy was even made into a computer animated Hollywood film in 2009!