Celebrates
45 Years

Let’s Celebrate 45 Years of Japan Centre

Sunday 11th July 2021 marks our official 45th birthday, we invite you to join us in celebrating over four decades of Japan Centre bringing Japanese cuisine and inspiration to the UK & beyond.

Find inspiration in some of our most popular blogs and recipes and discover Japanese and easy to follow recipes from sushi to matcha desserts.

Join in cooking classes hosted by our top chefs, sake tastings and virtual tours of Tokyo and Osaka and origami workshops for the whole family.

Save on some of our all time favourite products from fine sake and snacks to matcha and even our brand new Japan Centre DIY kits.

Sign up to our newsletter so you don’t miss out on our special birthday offers just for you.

Don’t forget to enter our competition to WIN a trip to Tokyo for you and a friend!

We look forward to celebrating our 45 years with you.

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Celebrate with us

from exclusive offers, events, competitions & more!

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Win! A trip to Japan

Enter our competition to win air miles to Tokyo with Japan Airlines, and explore the city with an exclusive tour from InsideJapan Tours. Not only that, we’ll throw in a JR Rail pass to help you get around and a dinner for two in Heddon Yokocho on your return to keep the holiday mood alive.

Take me to Japan

Cooking up
Inspiration

for
45 years

For 45 years we’ve been sharing Japanese inspiration with the nation through our How To cooking videos, blogs on Japanese food, culture and travel, to hundreds of recipes using ingredients from matcha to miso.

Join in and discover a taste of Japan through some of our favourite videos, blogs & recipes!

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Meet the team

Meet the leadership and inspiration behind four decades of Japan Centre, from Japanese bakers, sushi chefs, ramen masters and sake sommeliers to mixologists and traditional butchers & fishmongers. Our specialist team helps bring Japan to you!

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Tak Tokumine

Tak Tokumine

Founder & CEO

Our founder, CEO & boss, ‘Kaicho’, is a Hakata native who transformed the Japanese food scene in London.

Hannah Tokumine

Hannah Tokumine

Managing Director

Hannah manages the daily functions of Japan Centre Group, effectively transforming their vision into reality.

Kanji Furukawa

Kanji Furukawa

Executive Chef

Kanji is our Executive Chef and ‘Shoryu Ramen Boss’ who helped bring the authentic flavours of Japan to the UK.

Mimi Tokumine

Mimi Tokumine

Shoryu Area Manager

Mimi’s passion is ‘omotonashi' - unconditional Japanese hospitality to provide our customers the very best service.

Maria Vittoria Vecchione

Maria Vittoria Vecchione

Area Bar Manager

An expert mixologist, Vicky lovingly creates our cocktails and curates our drinks menus for our guests to enjoy!

Tatsuhiko Tokunaga

Tatsuhiko Tokunaga

Sushi Chef & Traditional Japanese Fishmonger

Expert fishmonger, his unrivalled skill prepares fresh butcher cuts of meat & fish for shabu-shabu for our guests.

Nao Torisawa

Nao Torisawa

General Manager & Sake Sommelier

Trained sake sommelier, Nao ensures Europe’s largest Japanese foodhall is full of wonderful produce & sake too!

Andy Cimatu

Andy Cimatu

Area Head Chef

Together with Kanji, creates brand new ramen and authentic dishes & sides for our guests to enjoy across Shoryu.

Dan Williams

Dan Williams

Group Strategy and Operations Manager

Responsible for all our restaurant and retail sites as well as fun projects & launches including our new Mochi Bar.

Miki Inoue

Miki Inoue

Japan Centre Area Manager

Miki is responsible for the smooth operation of all our foodhalls including our new flagship store in Leicester Square.

From Japanese food halls and ramen bars, to DIY kits by post

We bring Japan to you

Japan Centre has over 3,000 unique food, drink and lifestyle products, from hand made Japanese shokupan bread to freshly prepared noodles and soul food to shelves bursting with authentic Japanese cooking essentials.

Taste the most authentic Hakata tonkotsu ramen without leaving the country by visiting one of our Shoryu Ramen bars across London, Manchester & Oxford.

Take a trip to the bright lights, delicious smells and lively atmosphere of 1970’s Tokyo with our new retro ramen bar Heddon Yokocho, a celebration of all of Japan’s regional ramen just off Regent Street.

Our DIY Kits are perfect for an at home Japanese dining experience, learn how to cook like a ramen boss, master the art of sushi making, bake matcha cookies and take a crash course in Japan’s national drink with our sake flight.

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