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!

Shunga Japan Centre

Explore the parallels between modern Japanese manga comics and the historic world of shunga erotic art in a special lecture event at the British Museum on Friday 1st November. Entitled ‘Shunga into manga?’ it will be chaired by Nicole Rousmaniere (British Museum) with Exhibition Curator Timothy Clark, Nobuko Anan (Birkbeck, University of London), and Paul Gravett (writer, journalist and comics expert). Whether you’re a manga fan, Shunga appreciator or just want to expand your mind with amazing Japanese art, this is not to be missed!

Win Tickets to See Tomoyasu Hotei!

He’s back and better than ever! Once more Japan Centre has teamed up with 3A Entertainment to offer one lucky winner a pair of tickets to see Japanese rock guitar legend Tomoyasu Hotei (Kill Bill and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas soundtracks) at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Saturday 9th November.

What’s more this London concert will feature a special state-of-the-art visual presentation, as well as an amazing performance band including Toshiyuki Kishi (abingdon boys school), Steve Eto (DEMI SEMI QUAVER),  Tony Grey (Trio Project) and Zachary Alford (recording and performance artist with David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen and more).

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.