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Urban Food Fest and leading Japanese premium lager Asahi Super Dry have partnered to bring you a Japanese influenced street food market and invites you to experience life in slow motion with the showcasing of the Asahi branded super slow motion video booth, where one sip of beer can last for up to half a minute!
The Asahi super slow motion video booth is constructed from over 1,500 intricate metal rings and features an ultra-slow motion camera, the booth is in the shape of an Asahi pint glass. On entering the booth, guests will experience a jet of compressed air propelled into their faces, recreating the crisp and refreshing quality of Asahi Super Dry, and 100 ping-pong balls will be launched two metres into the air from a secret trap door. This effect is designed to make guests feel like they are literally inside a pint of Asahi!
Come and experience the booth and sample Asahi Super Dry and Asahi Super Dry Black, the only lagers being served at our main bar. An Asian inspired street food market, decorated with Asahi branded bunting and lanterns, will be serving mouth-watering Asian specialities such as Oriental Gyoza, Taiwanese Bao Buns and Japanese Sushi Rolls. We’ll of course have an incredible array of global street food trucks and stalls, including Asian inspired handmade vegetarian falafel with hummus & halloumi in a soft tortilla with deli pickles and salsa, and for something sweet you can indulge in glorious triple stacked sponge cakes and gooey melt in the middle brownies.
Not only will Asahi Super Dry be available all night, you can also enjoy our bespoke bar offering craft ales and ciders, premium wines, alongside themed cocktails including “Japanese Beaut” spiced rum, apple & mint palm juice & our exclusive “Asahi Black” – Asahi Dry Black, bourbon, lemonade and a squeeze of lime.
SPECIAL OFFER BUY ONE GET ONE FREE ON DRINKS – ASK FOR MIKE OR RACHAEL AT THE BAR!
Urban Food Fest is free entry, every Saturday, from midday to midnight @ Euro Car Parks, 162-167 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, London, E1
Japanese pianist and composer Ayako Fujiki launches her new album, brightwater, at 1901 Arts Club, on 28th September at 6.00pm. This is the first disc to feature her own compositions for piano, two pianos, and piano trio.
Capturing transient scenes from nature, brightwater propels the listener through a unique combination of cultures
Virtuosic Japanese pianist influenced by the riches of European culture
• Falling in love with the energy and diversity of Spanish classical music, Japanese pianist Ayako
Fujiki trained under one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, Alicia de Larrocha, also the
first Spanish artist to win the UNESCO prize
• Currently based in the vibrant and eclectic city of Barcelona, this Japanese pianist and composer
explores the duality between Japanese and Mediterranean heritage and culture
• Combining a rigorous classical background with contemporary taste and technique, Ayako finds
inspiration in Romantic, World, Minimal, Electronic and even Japanese Contemporary Epic music
• Praised as “one of the most significant Japanese composers of contemporary classical
music” (Clasica2) by the Spanish press, Ayako now wants to share her music more widely,
beginning with the UK
• Instilling a sense of calm and stillness into what is an ever-frenetic world, Ayako’s music transports the listener to another realm, allowing an escape from the treadmill of everyday life
• Music to the eyes as well as to the ears – Ayako explores music as a visual art through the
creation of stunning videos to accompany her compositions
• After first releasing three CDs interpreting work by other composers, Ayako’s current release
allows her to engage on a more personal creative level through the development of her own
• Contributing to the established chronicle of musicians and composers taking inspiration from
nature, brightwater offers Ayako’s reflections on landscapes, forests, rippling water and broken
• Capturing the beauty of eroded nature, Ayako translates the slow but persistent effect of the
natural elements on rocks and trees
UK release date: 30th September 2016
UK launch event: 28th September, 6pm, 1901 Arts Club, London SE1
UK performance date: 29th September, 1:05pm, St. Olave Hart Street, London EC3
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme returns in early 2017 with a diverse programme of films based around the theme of ‘Desires, Hopes and Impulses in Japanese Cinema’. Kicking off at ICA, London on 3 February, the season will tour to a further 14 venues around the UK.
Date: 3 February – 29 March 2017
Venue: 15 venues nationwide
For the full line-up and details of participating venues, please click here.
After blasting in to the international rock scene last year, BAND-MAID return with their hotly anticipated first major album. Entitled Just Bring It, the 13-track album, released under Nippon Crown in their homeland of Japan, will hit the UK and Europe from 10 February 2017 through JPU Records in two editions; the regular edition and a CD and T-shirt bundle.
2016 saw the band embark on their first headline world tour, including a sold-out show at The Underworld in London, over a thousand fans descend on Mexico’s Sala as well as packed out club-events across France, Germany and Poland, along with comic con appearances in London, Spain and Italy. The same year also saw the international release of the band’s HMV recommended mini-album Brand New MAID which led to the Huffington Post Blog dubbing BAND-MAID “one to watch”.
“I flew over to Japan to check out BAND-MAID two years ago, and they haven’t stopped knocking my socks off since. Just Bring It is probably their most powerful record yet. I can’t wait to get them back overseas to hear it live” – Tom Smith, JPU Records’ founder and CEO.
GREAT PRIZES TO BE WON! All money raised goes towards the British Heart Foundation!
Come along to The Taproom (basement) for a Japan-themed pub quiz and raffle!
There will be non-Japan rounds too, so you don’t have to be an expert to join in!
Pub quiz entry: £5
Raffle tickets: £1 a strip
Times: Arrive from 6.30pm. Pub quiz starts at 7pm, followed by raffle!
Nearest station: Highbury & Islington / Angel
The Taproom serves craft beer and delicious pizza!
Prizes include a Japanese meal, DVDs, books and more!
A THOUSAND CRANES http://athousandcranes.org.uk/
in association with artsdepot
The Little Mochi Man
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY VICKY IRELAND FOR CHILDREN AGED 4-7 AND THEIR FAMILIES
DESIGN BY MILA SANDERS MUSIC BY JULIAN BUTLER
HARUKA KURODA AND NATSUMI KURODA
Join little Mochi Man on his adventures as he travels from the snowy mountains of Hokkaido, to the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.
Inspired by the traditions of Shogatsu (Japanese New Year celebrations) and with ‘origami’ puppets, animation and especially composed music, this is the perfect introduction to Japan for young children.
The Little Mochi Man is performed by CBeebies and CBBC regular Haruka Kuroda and Natsumi Kuroda, written and directed by award winning Children’s theatre director Vicky Ireland.
Made possible Design is by Mila Sanders with music and animation by Julian Butler. It is produced by A Thousand Cranes n association with artsdepot, and is supported by funding from Arts Council England.
Vicky Ireland is a writer and director of children’s theatre and was awarded the first MBE for services made to Children’s Theatre. She was Artistic Director at Polka Theatre in Wimbledon for 18 years and presented TV’s Words and Pictures for 12 years and will be back at Polka this summer to direct her acclaimed production of Jacqueline Wilson’s Double Act www.vickyireland.com
A Thousand Cranes was founded in 2006 by performer Kumiko Mendl and writer, director Vicky Ireland to bring the many fascinating stories and cultures of Japan to UK audiences and the company has performed throughout the UK and abroad.
A Thousand Cranes were made Artistic Associates of artsdepot in 2009.
020 8232 1010
Half Moon Theatre, Limehouse
020 7709 8900
020 8369 5454
09 – 11 Feb
the egg, Theatre Royal, Bath
Lincoln Japan Festival, Lincoln
0844 338 5000′
Nuffield Southampton Theatres Campus
023 8067 1771
Greenwich Theatre, Greenwich
0208 858 7755
The Cockpit, Marylebone
020 7258 2925
Cambridge junction, Cambridge
The Courtyard, Hereford
23 – 25 March
Polka Theatre, Wimbledon
020 8543 4888
Stratford Circus Art s Centre, Stratford
020 8279 1080
The Civic, Barnsley
23 -27 May
Little Angel Theatre, Islington
020 7226 1787
Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury
* Call Charges apply
Admission: Each venue will have their own ticket pricing
The team behind Jidori, the much-loved yakitori restaurant in Dalston have announced that they will open a second site in Covent Garden on Tuesday 27th February. As well as bringing the popular Japanese small plates and skewers to central London, the restaurant will have a new extended menu and a karaoke room for private parties.
‘MCM Comic Con events are the UK and Ireland’s and most exciting pop culture shows, and the only UK based shows that bring together such a broad scope of popular culture categories including; Movies, Gaming, Comics, Anime, Television, Gadgets, Clothing and Toys.
We aim to put on the best consumer shows for the modern pop-culture market. Our show floors are packed full of activity from live eSports matches and cosplay celebrations to experiential opportunities inspired by the movies and brand new releases of your favourite games to play.
On top of all that we have the awesome Comic Village area for independent comic artists, VidFest for upcoming YouTube stars, PopAsia to revel in all things Asian inspired and Memorabilia, our collector haven. Our theatres also play host to exclusive screenings and panels of special guests, all whom take part in photograph sessions and signings throughout the weekend.
MCM Comic Con is THE destination event to celebrate all things pop-culture, it is not to be missed by any geek, nerd, cosplayer, or fan boy and girl!’
A secret multi-course Japanese dinner with audio / visual experiences whilst meeting new people in an art gallery in east London.
And you can bring your own booze x
For this new concept we have hired an art gallery in a warehouse conversion 4 min walking from Whitechapel station to host our most ambitious Japanese dining experience with the feeling of a trip to Tokyo and where sounds and images blur the line between real and unreal.
About the menu
The dinner will start with a watercress salad with sesame dressing. The creamy, sweet and nutty dressing is made by blending sesame seeds, rapeseed oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce and sugar.
The smokiness and umami of katsuobushi (bonito flakes) adds complexity to the dish.
We will then be serving the square-shaped, incredibly silky and firm Sanuki udon with an umami-rich dashi broth, citrus-marinated Scottish smoked mackerel and mixed seaweeds.
The following course will be a fresh contrast of textures, featuring soft tofu, grated ginger and katsuobushi.
A refreshing summery dish that we find works particularly well after the richness of the udon.
The last course will be a selection of Japanese sweets: matcha dorayaki (the Japanese interpretation of the pancake, filled with green tea powder custard), chocolate mochi (a thin layer of glutinous rice enclosing a chocolate ganache) and aka daifuku (a glutinous rice cake filled with anko, a sweet azuki bean paste)
Watercress salad with sesame dressing
Udon noodles with smoked mackerel and mixed seaweeds
Soft tofu with grated ginger and katsuobushi
Matcha dorayaki, chocolate mochi, aka daifuku
We cater for most allergies and dietary requirements,
please let us know your requirements on the booking form.
The event is BYOB, feel free to bring your favourite drinks.
Our current space is an art gallery in a warehouse conversion 4 min walking from both Whitechapel and Aldgate East station.
The address will be provided at the time of booking.
Doors for the 7PM event open at 6:30PM
Doors for the 9PM event open at 9PM
We recommend to arrive as soon as the doors open to fully experience the event.
Looking to experience something new in 2019? Why not try teaching English in Japan?
Gaba Corporation is the leading one-to-one English language school in Japan, with 44 locations spread across the major cities. Instructors have the benefit of a flexible schedule which they design monthly, with no minimum or maximum number of lessons needing to be taught each month. Our clients are motivated adults with varying goals and interests, and there is a large focus on development for Instructors in the form of different workshops and mentorship. Career opportunities are also available. Teaching English in Japan with Gaba is a great opportunity to live in the exciting culture of Japan and gain some valuable professional experience at the same time.
We are looking for applicants who possess the following:
• Solid people skills
• Good command of the English language
• Ability to work independently
• Desire to live and work in Japan
• TEFL/ TESOL certification or ESL experience preferred
Testimonials from current instructors available to watch at our website.
If you are living in or near any of the following locations, please come along to one of our Information Seminars in August 2019 to meet a recruiter and learn more about Gaba:
• Manchester – August 8th (evening)
• London – August 10th (daytime)
If you are not able to attend our Recruiting Event, you may still apply for a position to come to Japan to teach with GABA through our website.