The Wonderful World of Japanese Mascots
Meet Minori: Shironuri Artist and Japanese Fashion Icon
Meet Minori, a Shironuri artist whose distinctive white make-up and intricate, ethereal handmade outfits have established her as an icon in the world of Japanese fashion.
Celebrating Shogatsu – New Year in Japan
New Year (Shōgatsu) is celebrated from 1st – 3rd January in Japan, bringing families together to mark the end of the year, and to celebrate the start of a new and prosperous one.
Offbeat Adventures with La Carmina
La Carmina began her award-winning, offbeat travel and alternative fashion blog in 2007 and since then her colourful adventures have taken her around the globe
to 70+ countries.
to 70+ countries.
Meet the Makers: Geri Draws Japan
Geri has captured everything we love about Japan in her art, and with touches such as traditional Japanese printing techniques, her illustrations wil whisk you away from home and help you fel that little bit closer to Japan.
Enjoying Autumn Leaf Season in Japan
Autumn is one of the most popular times of year to visit Japan, as the summer humidity gives way to cooler temperatures and tree leaves turn from green to vivid shades of red, orange and gold.
3 Magical Winter Destinations in Japan
Japan is an all-year round travel destination, with plenty of natural beauty and city adventures to enjoy whatever the weather, but winter is a particularly magical time to visit.
Get Your Spook On! Celebrating Halloween in Japan
Chilly autumn nights, the smell of bonfires in the air, pumpkin spiced lattes creeping onto the menu. This can only mean one thing – Halloween is just around the corner!
5 Delicious Japanese Recipes for Autumn
You may not be able to jet off to Japan this autumn, but you can bring a bit of Japan into your own kitchen by preparing one of these five delicious autumnal dishes!
Let's Explore Japan: 5 Hot Spring Towns from North to South
Japan is an archipelago of mountainous terrain peppered with around 440 volcanoes (with around 111 of these classed as active), and where there’s volcanic activity, there’s usually a soothing hot spring (onsen) to enjoy too.
Japan Centre Sake Series Part 3: Enjoying Sake with Food
Part 3 of Japan Centre's sake series focuses on how best to serve and enjoy sake with food, with expert tips from our sake sommelier.
Japan Centre Sake Series Part 2: Choosing your Sake
Part 2 of Japan Centre's sake series will guide you through the different types of sake, with recommendations for all tastes and budgets from our expert sommelier.
Japan Centre Sake Series part 1: What is Sake and How is it Made?
If you’re looking for the lowdown on all things sake, then you’re in the right place! Part one of Japan Centre’s four-part sake series will introduce you to the sake essentials;
5 Ingredients for Delicious Japanese Desserts
Tofu, yuzu, matcha, azuki beans and kinako; not only are these ingredients the basis for some mouth-wateringly delicious desserts, but our ‘fab five’ also have some great health benefits.
Celebrating Ocean Day in Japan
Ocean Day (Umi no Hi) is the first national holiday of summer in Japan, and a chance to celebrate the wonders of the ocean and its importance in Japanese culture.
Eat Like an Athlete: Tips for a Balanced Japanese Diet
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are just a few weeks away now, and as competing athletes prepare their bodies and minds for intense competition, we take a look at how the Japanese diet and attitudes to food can help support your health and wellbeing.
Celebrating Tanabata in Japan
Summer is a time for festivities and fun in Japan and as Tanabata (Japan’s Star Festival) draws closer, people up and down the country get well and truly into the party spirit.
Sushi 101: Enjoy International Sushi Day with Japan Centre
First introduced to Japan thousands of years ago, sushi is now one of Japan’s most famous food exports and served all over the world, from conveyor belt restaurants to fine dining establishments.
Enjoy BBQ Season with Japan Centre’s Summer Food Inspiration
If you’re in the mood for some summery food, Japan Centre is here to inspire you with delicious recipes, all with a Japanese twist.
Japan's Top 5 Sports Stadium Snacks
Let’s take a look at some of the sporting events taking place at the Olympics and the tasty snacks you may want to indulge in if you get a chance to visit one of Tokyo’s sports stadiums.
Celebrate 45 years of Japan Centre With These Fun Food Facts!
To celebrate 45 years of Japan Centre, here are 45 fun food facts which we hope will give you an insight into Japan’s unique cuisine and food culture. Enjoy!
Japan Centre Launches New Mochi bar at Leicester Square Store
Japan Centre has just opened an exciting Mochi Bar at our London Leicester Square store, bringing you a delicious range of mochi treats to tantalise your tastebuds.
Celebrating Children's Day in Japan
Children’s Day (or Kodomo no hi), is the final day of Japan’s Golden Week celebration and a time for families all over the country to join together and wish health, happiness and prosperity upon their children.