Classes & Events

June 2021

July 2021

05/06to11/07

Free Tastings

Join us as we celebrate 45 years of Japan Centre at our in store events from samplings to free online events.

Join us for free tastings of your Japanese favourites and discover new tastes and products too. At Japan Centre Leicester Square, and Ichiba, Westfield London.

Try new organic tastes from Clearspring, sauces and dumplings from Fresh Asia, and Japan's national drink sake, from Gekkeikan, Hakutsuru, and Ozeki breweries. You can also choose and sample your favourite beer from Asahi & Kirin.

For something sweet, try TikTok favourite mochi ice-cream, snacks and Hello Panda too!

Every Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm

18/06

Virtual Tour - Osaka

Join us as we celebrate 45 years of Japan Centre at our in store events from samplings to free online events.

Try some escapism with Japan travel specialist, InsideJapan and their ‘Insider’ tour leaders as they navigate the neon of Osaka. Full of local knowledge and insight, the Insiders add their unique tales and cultural insight to the sights and sounds of this exciting city - They also look forward to answering your questions.

Osaka is the concrete beating heart of the Kansai region with all the galleries and museums you'd expect of a large city - but the best way to experience the character of the place is on the street and in the buzzing, larger-than-life entertainment quarters. Known as ‘Japan’s kitchen’, Osaka is renowned for its food, whether it's octopus balls from a street-side stand, okonomiyaki savoury pancakes (a regional speciality), or some of the best sushi in the world. The neon buzz of Nanba and Dotonburi and the retro-glow of the Shinsekai ‘new world’ Districts are connected through food, bars, traditional izakaya, restaurants and an overwhelming atmosphere of fun.

As an economic powerhouse for centuries and a politically important player throughout history, there is a lot more to this city than meets the eye.

Friday 18 June 09:00 - 10:15am BST.
Registration opens on 4 June 2021

20/06

Sake Class

Join us as we celebrate 45 years of Japan Centre at our in store events from samplings to free online events.

Discover the world of Japanese sake, and become your own sommelier. With the help from Mark Zheng-Garratt, Gekkeikan Brand Ambassador, learn what is sake, how to taste Japan’s national drink and the different grades within it.

Begin a journey through the national drink of Japan, and enjoy the chance to compare flavours and aromas of Japanese sake with our curated tasting set.

Designed by our very own mixologist and sake sommelier Maria Victoria Vecchione, enjoy three unique variations of sake rice wine by Gekkeikan, the official sake purveyor to the Japanese royal family.

We recommend to get the most out of the class to taste along with your own Japan Centre DIY flight of sake available online for delivery in the UK.

Sunday 20 June 12:00 - 13:30pm BST.

26/06

Free Origami Masterclass

Join us as we celebrate 45 years of Japan Centre at our in store events from samplings to free online events.

Take part in our free origami masterclass and discover the beautiful Japanese art of paper folding. We'll take you through the process of making incredible paper sculptures.

Origami comes from the Japanese words ori meaning fold and kami meaning paper, and is the art of paper folding into wonderful shapes.

To fully enjoy this class we recommend you have some origami paper so you can fold along with our expert instructor, Sarah. You can buy origami paper online or from our stores.

Saturday 26 June 14:00 - 15:00pm BST.

02/07

Free Ichigo Daifuku and Dorayaki Workshop

Join us as we celebrate 45 years of Japan Centre at our in store events from samplings to free online events.

Experience an amazing fusion of Japanese and Western-style desserts with these strawberry and sweet red bean mochi, or ichigo daifuku. First created during the 1980’s, ichigo daifuku are a true Japanese delicacy consisting of large, juicy strawberries, a coating of sweet red bean paste, and an outer layer of chewy mochi. Enjoy making these sweet treats as an indulgent, truffle-like snack in our workshop.

You will also learn how to make strawberry and red bean paste dorayaki. This traditional Japanese sweet are two light and fluffy pancakes sandwiched with a sweet bean paste filling and added strawberries.

To fully enjoy this class we recommend you have the ingredients so you can cook along with our chef.

Friday 2 July 18:00 - 19:30pm BST.

10/07

Free Origami Masterclass

Join us as we celebrate 45 years of Japan Centre at our in store events from samplings to free online events.

Take part in our free origami masterclass and discover the beautiful Japanese art of paper folding. We'll take you through the process of making incredible paper sculptures.

Origami comes from the Japanese words ori meaning fold and kami meaning paper, and is the art of paper folding into wonderful shapes.

To fully enjoy this class we recommend you have some origami paper so you can fold along with our expert instructor, Sarah. You can buy origami paper online or from our stores.

Saturday 10 July 14:00 - 15:00pm BST.

10/07

Virtual Tour - Tokyo

Join us as we celebrate 45 years of Japan Centre at our in store events from samplings to free online events.

Tokyo…where do you start? Join InsideJapan’s Insider tour leaders for a live guided walking tour of one of its most famous districts combing neon, backstreets, bars and a temple. The Insider will sow in cultural insight and stories with the live sights and sounds of this incredible place and will be on hand to answer all your questions.

It is impossible to sum up Tokyo in a line, a paragraph, a page or even a book. The city has a force and power all of its own. Unlike many cities, Tokyo has no real city centre to speak of. Instead it has a multitude of smaller centres, reflecting the way neighbouring towns have been absorbed into the metropolis to create the sprawling urban mass you see today. Each of these districts has its own unique character, meaning that Tokyo is a city of many faces, with infinite power to amuse and entertain.

Our Tokyo-based Insiders will take you through the streets of Asakusa - the city's traditional district. This place combines Tokyo neon with low-rise theatres, backstreet traditional Izakaya bars, local restaurants and one of the country’s most famous temples in Sensoji which was established way back in 628. Don’t worry, the Insider’s can tell you about that.

Saturday 10 July 09:30 - 10:30am BST.

11/07

Miso Class

Join us as we celebrate 45 years of Japan Centre at our in store events from samplings to free online events.

Join Seiichi Yamamoto, the CEO of Yamato SoySauce & the Miso Company, to learn the secrets of miso making in our hands-on workshop. Learn about the magical properties and health benefits of Koji. We will guide you through a step by step approach to making healthy and nutritious miso for all your Japanese dishes.

Miso is made by the fermentation of soybeans – very commonly, with other grains such as rice and barley. This process results in a rich, savoury paste that not only seasons a dish, but lends it instant umami depth, making it much more exciting than plain old salt.

The fermentation also cultivates minerals, vitamins and gut-friendly bacteria, making it a very healthy paste that is also easy and instant to use.

Miso is one of Japanese cuisine's most frequently utilised seasonings, and its uniquely mellow umami flavour lends itself to an enormous variety of dishes. As well as traditional miso soup and noodle dishes, miso can be used in sauces and marinades, in nabe hot pots, in pickles, as a pizza topping, and, for the very adventurous, ice cream.

Sunday 11 July 10:00 - 11:30 BST.