Japanese Events in London

Published on : Thursday, November 26, 2015

Japanese National Tourism Organisation logoA section of London’s Shoreditch has been transformed into a night-time, lit-up version of Tokyo’s winding streets and alleyways as part of Night Tales’ ‘Tokyo Nights’ event.


Complete with its own love hotel suites, ryokans (traditional Japanese inns) and awash with sake, Tokyo Nights has been a big hit amongst Japan-fans and sake lovers all across the UK capital and beyond. As well as neon lights and the buzzing atmosphere of the big city, there is also be an ‘old town’ section where you can relax under the cherry blossom and bamboo trees. The Night Tales team visited Japan to get inspiration for their new event, so expect authentic recreations of metropolitan Tokyo by night.  More information regarding access is available on the Night Tales website.




The Toshiba Gallery originally opened in 1986 as the first major gallery of its kind in the UK, showcasing Japan’s long history, traditions and intriguing culture through a variety of themed exhibitions such as ‘samurai’, ‘tea ceremonies’ and ‘theatre’. Re-opened to the public in November, the gallery has 550 new objects on display, showcasing everything from Hello Kitty rice cookers to delicate ‘Lolita’ outfits. Find out more on the V&A’s website.



From 27 – 29 November London’s Tobacco Dock will be going wild and wacky for the annual Hyper Japan Christmas Market. If you haven’t been before, expect cosplay galore, shopping stalls, delicious Japanese treats, live performances and hot dog eating competitions (among a whole host of other fun and barmy activities). Pick up some Christmas gifts to fill the stockings of lucky friends at the stalls and enjoy the holiday festivities with a bit of a Japanese twist. Visit the Hyper Japan website here.



Running until 12 December this exhibition looks at 15 Japanese artists who are using traditional craft skills to translate, comment upon and engage with all aspects of ‘kawaii’ (cute). You can see which artists will be exhibiting on this website, or find out more about the concept of ‘kawaii’  here. The exhibition is open Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm, and on Saturday from 10am – 4pm at James Hockey and Foyer Galleries at UCA Farnham.




Running until 24 January 2016, this exhibition of global pop art covers everything from Latin America to Asia. Expect bold, brash and bright colours, including work from Japanese artist Ushio Shinohara, star of documentary ‘Cutie and the Boxer’. Entrance to ‘The World Goes Pop’ costs £16 for adults and £14 for concessions.




Supper clubs are all the rage in London at the moment. Secreted away underground or hosted in abandoned cinemas, the locations alone are enough to draw in hungry urban adventurers.Monograph’s Japanese supper clubs are running until 18th December, with ever-changing menus based on seasonal, traditional Japanese ingredients. What’s even better – you can bring your own drinks along to the experience (meaning no expensive wine list!). Find out about their upcoming dinners and get yourself booked in here. Alternatively, The London Foodie Supper Club is designed to teach you all the ins and outs of ‘washoku’ (Japanese cuisine) for up to six people in Islington. Six Japanese dishes are taught throughout this private,



Source:- Japan National Tourism Organization


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