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Japan Centre, London

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Japan Centre began life in 1976 with a suitcase full of Japanese books and an idea to cater for the community of Japanese people living in London. A further desire to help bridge the gap between the contrasting cultures of Japan and the UK led to its first premises opening in 1980 as a bookshop and martial arts equipment store on London’s Brewer Street. Japan Centre has since grown to become one of the largest and most influential Japanese shops in London, adding a supermarket, bakery, deli, restaurant, homeware department and online service to its repertoire.

Japan Centre has a diverse range of services for Japanese living in the UK & Europe, and for those simply interested in the exciting world of Japanese food and culture.

• Food Hall

• Books & Magazines

• Homeware

• Online Shopping

• Bakery

• Fish & Meat Counter

• umai Delicatessen

• Shoryu Ramen

• Acton Wholesale

• Recruitment Agency
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  • Buy food in Japan is, of course, Piccadilly Circus, where clearly the goods while just wasting my time, so useful to the meeting place.
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  • Stop at every time I go to London. It is close to Piccadilly Circus station. This is age-old. Drinks, rice sushi, is very welcome. I felt this is the staff was somehow grumpy in Japanese. As the same Japanese was surprised at the difference between the British supermarkets of clerks education. Young people in particular cash register. Ago I bought my husband drinks 50 p or so skits, the show receipts and explain a laundry shop was a nasty facial. Simplistic all offended if you want to buy, so be patient, I'm shopping? Foreign staff was excellent.
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  • You must be passionate about Japan and have knowledge of the food and drinks and whatnot because many articles have labels only jap. There really is everything even magazines and objects. There are some benches if you want to stop and eat your lunch/dinner.
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  • I adore this place. I visit at least once a week to pick up a delicious sushi box for lunch - they have a nice range of fish and vegetable rolls with white rice/brown rice variations. They have all the authentic ingredients you'd expect from a Japanese grocery store so you can cook at home and also a lovely range of tableware as you walk in at the base of the elevators (sometimes it's discounted if it's last season too). In my experience the staff are always extremely friendly and polite at the counters as well.
  • Great Japanese grocery store. You can easily find all the staples of Japanese cooking and snacking. They also have a fish counter where you can buy fresh fish for homemade sushi. Go there of salmon Friday where they sell at discount.
  • A great place for everything Japanese. From all important ingredients to essential reading material for studying Japanese, however at a slight cost. Importing items into the UK certainly is not cheap, but shopping here is manageable - though more of an occasional stocking up of crucial culinary items personally.
  • Great place to get Japanese food. Natto!! You definitely pay for it though. Recommend going to this place a little before they close and 50% off all their food!!
  • Great place if you're looking for specific Japanese products. Also a nice little restaurant to grab some hot food. Just be warned it is a small shop and at weekends can get very cramped!

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