Category Archives: Japan

Bucolic Bliss

London’s Regents Park in the summer is bucolic bliss, offering  a few moments’ escape from the troubles of the real world.  Around every corner some new interest awaits: live music at the bandstand, a lake on which tiny paddle boats … Continue reading

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From Kyoto to Fukushima

Holland Park is a much loved 22-hectare space  in wealthy Kensington,  central west London,  here.   Of the many points of interest within the park, one remarkable attraction is the Kyoto Garden.    The Garden was created in 1991 as a gift … Continue reading

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Ichiba at Westfields

In July 2018 the Japan Centre  opened a huge store in Westfields, Shepherds Bush., called “Ichiba” (translates as “Market Place”)              Twitter here.     =============================================  

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‘Japan House’ opens in Kensington

As set out on its website Japan House is the new [opened  Friday 22 June 2018] cultural home of Japan in London.  It presents  Japanese art, design, gastronomy, innovation, and technology, and helps an  appreciation of all things  Japanese.  Part … Continue reading

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Tanabata is a Japanese festival that celebrates the coming together of two stars, called Orihime and Hikoboshi, who can only meet once a year. Tanabata , meaning “Evening of the seventh”, also known as the Star Festival, celebrates the meeting of the … Continue reading

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Wasabi and Sake

‘Japan Centre’ is mainly a retailer of Japanese foods  plus a self-service food mall. There are four premises in London :  Panton Street, by Leicester Square, (Flagship store – mostly in basement ),   Shaftesbury Avenue (mainly ceramics plus a cafe … Continue reading

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Each September Japan holds an all-day (10am to 8pm ! ) action-packed Matsuri (Autumn Festival) in Trafalgar Square. It’s a wonderful  display of Japanese culture.               Lots more pictures on line here.      … Continue reading

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