On Saturday 22 June 2019 Japan House London will celebrate its first anniversary as a cultural hub for Japanese creativity and innovation, based in the heart of Kensington High Street.

In the first year since opening its doors, through six exhibitions and a variety of events, Japan House has shared the very best of Japanese art, design, gastronomy, innovation, and technology with over 500,000 visitors. From the metalworkers of Tsubame-Sanjo in Niigata Prefecture, through to internationally acclaimed architect Sou Fujimoto, visitors to Japan House have been able to enjoy a non-stop rotation of cultural exhibitions, as well as talks, tastings, screenings and hands-on workshops.

The current exhibition, This is MANGA – the Art of URASAWA NAOKI, will be followed on 22 August by Anno’s Journey – the World of Anno Mitsumasa - looking at the prolific storytelling of one of Japan’s most beloved, award-winning picture book illustrators.

To commemorate the success of its first year and thank guests for their ongoing support, Japan House will be offering its own unique take on a celebratory birthday cake. The first 100 visitors to purchase a drink from The Stand on Saturday 22 June will receive a free, limited edition Japan House sakura (cherry blossom) themed bun. The celebratory sakura buns come ahead of a full range of Japanese bakery items set to be introduced at Japan House this summer.

Sakura buns at The Stand to mark Japan House London's first anniversary
Alongside this offer at The Stand, Akira restaurant on the first floor of Japan House will be serving a complimentary glass of Lumiere sparkling koshu wine to guests who order the omakase menu at lunch or dinner on Saturday 22 June. Koshu refers to the light, delicate white grape wine from the area around Yamanashi Prefecture in the foothills of Mt Fuji, which is currently home to around 80 wineries. The soft, aromatic characteristics of this type of wine balance perfectly with Japanese cuisine.

Over the next few months, Japan House will collaborate on a range of events with the British Museum as part of the summer season of manga. A manga-themed Museum Late event on 5 July will welcome the Japan House pop-up sake bar serving award-winning DASSAI sake from Yamaguchi Prefecture. The free Manga: colour and style Late will also feature manga drawing workshops and a film screening of Studio Ghibli’s Pom Poko. The highlight of the evening will be a manga-inspired fashion presentation by students from the University of the Arts London (UAL) and six Japanese fashion and art schools, with pieces created in conjunction with fashion legend Kansai Yamamoto, followed by a discussion between Kansai Yamamoto and contemporary British artist Grayson Perry.

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Manga exhibition at Japan House London
This is MANGA – the Art of URASAWA NAOKI is open to the public at Japan House London from 5 June to 28 July 2019. Admission FREE.

Japan House manga collaboration with the British Museum
To celebrate the manga-themed exhibitions taking place at Japan House and The British Museum this summer, Japan House is collaborating with the museum on a programme of related events. Japan House will host a pop-up sake bar at a special season of Studio Ghibli film screenings, including the Friday Late Manga: colour and style on 5 July (Admission free + free DASSAI sake at the Japan House pop-up sake bar). On 29 June Japan House hosts a symposium ‘Classical Arts x Digital Technologies’, relating to the ‘Yokai Kabuki Theatre Curtain’ from Waseda University’s Theatre Museum, featured in the British Museum’s Manga exhibition.

About Japan House London
Japan House London is the new cultural centre offering visitors an experience of the best and latest from Japan. Located on London’s Kensington High Street, the experience is an authentic encounter with Japan, engaging and surprising even the most knowledgeable guests. Presenting the very best of Japanese art, design, gastronomy, innovation, and technology, it deepens our appreciation of all that Japan has to offer. Part of a global initiative led by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there are two other Japan Houses in Los Angeles and São Paulo.