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!

From venerable roots in the Ottoman Empire to the modern matcha latte, cafe culture is a phenomena found across the globe. Japan has naturally made the concept its own, with a few unique additions here and there. While Japan has more than its fair share of expert barristas and finely brewed espressos, join us as we take a look at Japan’s top 5 pop-culture cafes!

It’s that time again; long weekends, parties on the streets and much merriment in the name of a woman that most of us have never even met! This June sees the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of England and all of  its realms and marks the incredible 60 year milestone of her sovereignty. And we aren’t the only nation to go crazy over our monarchs, in fact Japan celebrates their Emperor’s birthday every year on December 21st, where people crowd around the Japanese Imperial Palace hoping to catch a glimpse of the man himself giving a cheery little wave. We love both rulers at Japan Centre but were beginning to wonder if we had to choose, which one do we prefer? Who is more badass? Which one do we think would win in a fight?

Spring always heralds the start of something new, at Japan Centre we’ve been bitten by the spring bug and have what can only be described as a taste explosion under way! During March both Toku Restaurant and umai deli have introduced some awesome new dishes for you to grab on the go during your lunchbreak, or enjoy as you relax with friends and family in the afternoon and evening. Read on for more…