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HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market: Exciting news for Sake fans!

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Exciting news for all you discerning gourmands out there! Building on the overwhelming popularity of the Sake Experience over our past few events, visitors to the HYPER JAPAN 2014 Christmas Market will now also be able to sample an assortment of delectable Japanese alcoholic beverages completely free of charge! Throughout the event we’ll be making our way around with samples of delightfully sweet and sour umeshu (plum wine), earthy kome-shochu (a clear spirit distilled from rice), whiskies from the prestigious Suntory and Nikka distilleries, and of course sake, that increasingly well-known and loved Japanese rice wine.

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Not a fan of strong-tasting liquors? Try a sip of umeshu! Made from steeping unripened plums in alcohol and sugar, umeshu’s fabulous fruity flavour and low alcohol content (10 to 15%) make it a popular treat even for those who normally shy away from stiffer drinks. Enjoy it hot or iced, straight or as a secret ingredient to spice up a classic cocktail – the possibilities are endless! For wine and sake enthusiasts looking for something fresh and exciting, we recommend shochu – an earthy liquor now in the midst of a well-deserved international consumer boom – while award-winning Suntory and Nikka whiskies cannot fail to delight the palate of anyone who appreciates a good Scotch, or indeed similar fine liquors.

Finally, our authentic Japanese sake is a must-try for first-time drinkers and devoted fans alike! Although sake is gaining popularity in the UK, preconceived notions surrounding this particular tipple are still widespread, and the numerous ways in which to enjoy sake remain tragically underexplored. Contrary to popular belief, sake does not necessarily have to be served warm or as an accompaniment to sushi in order to be fully appreciated, but in fact there are a mind-boggling variety of sake brands and flavours which each benefit from different serving temperatures and accompanying foods!

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With all this in mind, we’re delighted to invite guests of HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market 2014 to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to further your knowledge of some hidden gems of the alcohol world whilst discovering new taste sensations. What’s more, if you take a particular liking to any of the offered brews, you’ll be pleased to hear that they’ll be available for purchase at the event, whether it be for a unique Christmas present or simply for a special personal treat. Cheers to that, eh?

 

Sushi Awards & Sake Experience 2014: The Final Results

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Eat-Japan events are always one of the highlights at HYPER JAPAN, and 2014 was no exception. Eat-Japan is dedicated to promoting Japanese food and drink in all its guises, from indulgent ingredients through to everyday eats, so HYPER JAPAN presents an ideal opportunity to get people trying out new flavours, discovering simple yet scrumptious recipes, and feeding their passion for Japan’s fresh, healthy and inspiring cuisine. At HYPER JAPAN 2014, more visitors than ever before got involved http://recipes.eat-japan.com/sushi-perfect/sushi-knowledge/sushi-types in sampling and voting for their favourites in the Sushi Awards and Sake Experience, and we are delighted to announce the winners here.

Sushi Awards 2014

The Sushi Awards, sponsored by Kikkoman, S&B and Yutaka, were a little different this year; chefs were no longer restricted to sushi rolls and instead could choose to present their unique sushi in whichever style worked best with the ingredients and concept. Five brilliant young chefs, representing the some of the best of the sushi talent out there in UK-based Japanese restaurants today, produced an exciting line-up of gunkan, uramaki, and nigiri sushi in the battle to see whose unique creation would be the people’s favourite. After three days of tireless work by the chefs, who produced 1,800 servings of sushi a-piece, the title of Sushi of the Year went to Seabed Shipwreck, created by Wojciech Popow, Sushi Chef at Roka Charlotte Street.

Roka is an award-winning restaurant specialising in robata-yaki cuisine, in which ingredients are cooked to succulent perfection over the open charcoal grill which is the centrepiece of the restaurant. The extensive menu also offers fresh sushi and sashimi, rice hotpots, or tasting sets showcasing signature Roka dishes; sake sommeliers are on hand to suggest perfect pairings with whatever you choose. For more casual dining, guests can opt for a seat downstairs, in the Shochu Lounge, where Japanese inspired cocktails and flavour-infused shochu are served in chic surroundings with a contemporary twist.
Seabed Shipwreck impressed in a number of ways. The strong concept, of an octopus curled up on the ocean bed, was expressed through innovative use of classic Japanese ingredients, including deep-fried seaweed fronds and dehydrated bonito flakes infused with soy. The octopus slices, marinated until succulent in a blend of fresh green peppercorns, sansho pepper, lemongrass and sesame seeds, were wrapped with the rice in a shimmering jelly sheet, handmade by Chef Popow using yuzu juice, cider and vinegar. The subtle and sophisticated combination of flavours and textures was complemented by its elegant presentation of delicate pinks dotted with earthy greens and browns.
“It feels amazing to be chosen for Sushi of the Year”, says Chef Popow, who started his career as a mixologist and tries to bring a sense of performance to his current role as sushi chef. “I was competing with outstanding chefs so of course while I was hoping to win it really is a great surprise. I would also like to acknowledge my friends and colleagues who helped me. This win is a reflection of the spirit of preparing together, creating together, and working together with great people”.
While there could only be one winner, the Sushi Awards 2014 was a close competition with the four runners-up also delighting tasters with their unique creations.

Wagyu Crispy Cube with miso foie gras and truffle sauce by Daniele Codini, Senior Sous Chef, Yashin Ocean House
An umami-rich creation featuring miso-marinated Japanese Wagyu beef on top of a cube of crispy deep-fried sushi rice.

Matador’s Maki by Eduardo Aguiar, Head Sushi Chef, Chisou Knighstbridge
A vibrant roll bringing together classic Spanish flavours, including soft Iberico chorizo and succulent butterflied prawn.

Oktopod by Tsvetan Gerganov, Head Chef, Feng Sushi Borough Market An inside-out roll filled with a juicy tartare of octopus, teriyaki sauce and kimchee, for the perfect balance of sweet, salty and spicy.

Fresh Summer Gunkan by Jaturavit ‘Son’ Saysensa, Head Sushi Chef, Chino Latino Nottingham
A Thai-inspired gunkan bursting with summer-fresh flavours and textures, wrapped in courgette and topped with a trio of diced fish.



Sake Experience 2014

The Eat-Japan Sake Experience is Europe’s biggest public tasting event for sake, where anyone (old enough) can try, learn, buy, and vote while enjoying Japan’s most traditional tipple. This year's event featured 11 breweries, showcasing a total of 25 different sakes and fruit based liqueurs. We’re delighted to announce that over a thousand visitors participated in the tasting, with each taster voting for their favourite sakes in four different categories. The results were as follows.


People's Favourite:

Your overall favourite sake.


Perfect Sake for British Summer:

The sake you would most like to enjoy in the summertime.


Best Match with British Food:

The sake you would most like to pair with British cuisine


Sake for that Special Someone:

The sake you would most like to gift to a special person


Click here for the full line-up.

 

TASTE JAPAN is Back for HYPER JAPAN 2014!

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TASTE JAPAN first made an appearance at HYPER JAPAN 2013, as a unique opportunity to sample Japan’s best-loved flavours. Featuring a food and drink demonstrations, a Japanese beverages bar, and even an on-stage taste-off of Japanese inspired cocktails, TASTE JAPAN was one of the highlights of the three-day event. And now it’s back for HYPER JAPAN 2014.

These days, there’s so much more to Japanese food in the UK than just sushi. Curry, ramen, udon, okonomiyaki—these everyday dishes are becoming increasingly common. The izakaya style of eating—small dishes shared with friends over drinks—has also been picked up by the UK restaurant industry, with izakaya-style eateries opening up in London and beyond.

Japanese ingredients are also becoming more readily available, meaning that more people than ever are preparing Japanese dishes and Japanese inspired fusion cooking in their kitchens at home.

This summer again, TASTE JAPAN, taking place at HYPER JAPAN 2014, will offer you the chance to experience the varied and unique flavours of Japan. At TASTE JAPAN demos, visitors can taste and learn easy and delicious Japanese recipes, as well as enjoy free samples of Japanese tea, cocktails using sake, and other alcoholic drinks at a special pop-up bar.

Take your palate on an exciting journey to the East this summer and expand your everyday culinary horizons!

*Please note that you will require a HYPER JAPAN 2014 ticket to enterTASTE JAPAN.



Food & Drink Demonstrations

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Taste Japan

It is now easier than ever to get Japanese ingredients in the UK, such as sushi rice, soy sauce, mirin, miso, rice vinegar, wasabi, soba noodles, nori, tofu, shirataki, kanten agar, and curry sauce mix i, not just in specialist stores, but also in leading supermarkets.

Dashi stock, made with dried bonito and kombu seaweed, is a core ingredient of many Japanese dishes, while fermented condiments, such as soy sauce and miso, are also widely used to impart a mouth-watering umami taste to dishes. These elements ensure that even simple dishes are delicious and satisfying. The enhanced umami taste also means that the use of salt and other condiments can be reduced without impacting taste. It is also suggested that gustatory satisfaction—the feeling of having eaten enough—can be achieved with smaller portions. This is one of the reasons Japanese food is considered to be so healthy.

Japanese curryTASTE JAPAN cooking demonstrations, held at the EAT-JAPAN demo area, will introduce you to those Japanese ingredients now widely available in the UK, which you can easily use to make super nutritious food home. Make sure to stop by and pick up your complimentary recipe leaflet.

Sozai—the first cooking school in the UK dedicated to teaching authentic Japanese food—will be at the event teach you how to make fabulous party sushi, guaranteed to impress, as well as how to start making the most of those Japanese condiments currently lurking unloved in your cupboard—soy sauce, miso, wasabi, and more. You’ll also have the chance to discover how to make some guilt-free, low-calorie desserts using Japanese ingredients such as tofu, kanten agar, sesame, and matcha tea.



Japanese curryIn addition, Natsuki Kikuya, director of Museum of Sake, will be showing you how to turn your home into a Japanese izakaya pub with her ideas for easy combinations of sake and nibbles, while professional bartender and founder of mobile bar company Kampai Cocktails, Ryu Okada, will lead a Japanese cocktail demonstration. Here you can learn how to make stylish drinks using sake, shochu, umeshu plum liqueur and Japanese whisky, perfect for jazzing up your party drink repertoire.



Japanese Cocktail Bar and Tea Station

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Enjoy alternate tasting sessions of Japanese teas and Japanese cocktails at our special pop-up Japanese Cocktail Bar and Tea Station.

Bursting with beneficial nutrition, Japanese tea is packed with naturally occurring components like catechins (a type of antioxidant) and vitamin C, as well as deep, interesting flavours that draw acclaim from gourmets around the world.

There are many ways in which Japanese tea is produced, creating a huge variety of brews to enjoy such as matcha, sencha, genmaicha, and hojicha. Sample our selection and find your perfect cuppa.

Learn more about Japanese Tea (PDF 7.3MB)

Sake has become incredibly popular in the UK, but there are also many other varieties of alcohol from Japan to be enjoyed too. These include shochu, a clear spirit made from ingredients such as rice, barley, or sweet potatoes, umeshu plum liqueur, and Japanese whisky, which is fast gaining a reputation internationally for its quality and variety

Ryu Okada (founder of mobile bar company Kampai Cocktails) will be introducing some brilliant Japan-inspired cocktails made with sake, shochu, and umeshu, including the Nadeshiko Martini which was the winner of the 2013 TASTE JAPAN Cocktail Shake-Up competition. We’ll be providing the recipes too, so you can try them out at home or at a party, too.

*Please note that you will require a HYPER JAPAN 2014 ticket to enterTASTE JAPAN.

 

Eat-Japan @ HYPER JAPAN: Back for summer 2014

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HYPER JAPAN 2014 will once more play host to the biggest celebration of Japanese food and drink this side of Tokyo: Eat-Japan @ HYPER JAPAN. You can experience a mouth-watering array of demonstrations, sushi competitions, sake tastings, food stalls, samples, and pop-up shops at Earls Court, London, from 25-27 July 2014.

Food & Drink Demos

Eat-Japan 2014 will be hosting three days of exciting expert led demonstrations on Japanese cooking and drink. These demonstrations will both entertain and educate, inspiring you to create your own Japan inspired culinary masterpieces. In past events, featured demonstrators in the Eat-Japan area have encompassed a wide range of Japanese culinary fields, ranging from sake sommeliers to desert chefs and sushi masters, including award winning chocolatier William Curley, and this year’s event promises to be equally diverse. Targeted at everyone from accomplished cooks and interested amateurs, Eat-Japan 2014 will show you how to get the very best out of Japanese ingredients.

Sushi Awards 2014

The Eat-Japan Sushi Awards are back again for HYPER JAPAN 2014 with five Japanese restaurants in the UK battling it out to win Sushi of the Year. This is your chance to taste unique sushi creations from some of the leading sushi chefs in the country, and ultimately have your say in who is crowned Sushi Roll Champion of 2013. You’ll also have the chance to see how real professionals go about making world class sushi- guaranteeing an amazing culinary experience, not available anywhere else.

Sake Experience 2014

The Eat-Japan Sake Experience 2014 is a Japanese sake event unparalleled in scale. In addition to increasing awareness, the Sake Experience 2014 will give participants the opportunity to taste many diverse varieties of drinks, learning about the different temperatures and ways in which sake can be enjoyed. Ticket holders can also meet sake brewers, attend mini-seminars from a sake sommelier, and participate in polls and prize draws. Many sakes on offer for sampling can also be purchased by attendees at the event.

Food Court

HYPER JAPAN will be once again hosting a variety of stalls selling Japanese food, hot and cold alcoholic and soft drinks, teas, candy, ingredients, snacks, sweet treats, and more. Offerings will range from tempting street food like okonomiyaki and ramen noodles, as well as super healthy blends of green tea, to exquisite sushi, premium sake, and traditional liqueurs from Japan. In addition to freshly made food, visitors will be able to take home candies, cakes, and snacks, as well as Japanese ingredients and cooking supplies.

 

Sushi Awards 2013: UK Sushi Roll Championship

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The Sushi Awards, sponsored by Kikkoman, S&B and Yutaka, were started way back in 2001 as a way to demonstrate to the UK how yummy and versatile sushi can be.

HYPER JAPAN 2013 saw the third outing of the Sushi Award’s Sushi Roll Championship, which saw five UK based Japanese restaurants battling out to see whose unique sushi creation would be the people’s favourite.

This year’s proud winner was Eat Tokyo Group Head Chef Yoshiro Motohashi, with his sublimely delicious Tokyo Special Roll.

The Eat Tokyo Group has five branches across London, and a reputation as one of the city’s most formidable Japanese chains. Drawing on over 40 years’ experience in the catering trade in Tokyo, the Group offers a wide range of authentic Japanese dishes including freshly prepared sushi, bento boxes, and an izakaya menu. What’s more, the Group is committed to doing it all at prices that defy the stereotype that quality Japanese food has to hit the pocket hard.

The group’s appreciation of what the UK public will admire in Japanese food is really evident in the sumptuous Tokyo Special. This bold and colourful roll was inspired by dynamic and cosmopolitan Tokyo. Eel, prawn and avocado are layered in perfectly cooked Yutaka Premium Sushi Rice then double-wrapped in seared salmon and yellowtail. The roll is then lightly flamed before being smothered in tobiko, wasabi tobiko, and S&B Wasabi Sauce. A tsume glaze made with Kikkoman Soy Sauce provides sweetness and a rich umami punch. The soft salmon melts into creamy avocado, while the prawn and eel give the roll bite, followed by a whisper of wasabi. A truly indulgent mouthful of Tokyo.


The four runners up were all also very popular with the HYPER JAPAN tasters. The restaurants and their creations were as follows;

Sea Bass Maki with Crispy and Spicy Twist by Dariusz Burdzinski, Feng Sushi


Samurai by Tomokazu Matsuya, SO Restaurant


Wagyu Beef Teriyaki Roll by Sadayuki Okamoto, Ichi Sushi and Sashimi Bar


Emperor’s Feast by Sandy Beltran, Tsunami

 

Sushi Awards & Sake Experience 2013: The Final Results

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We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for coming to our Eat-Japan events at HYPER JAPAN 2013. Eat-Japan is passionate about educating the UK public about how delicious and varied Japanese food can be, and it’s always a pleasure to see so many people enjoying and getting excited about discovering new flavours from East Asia. Hundreds of visitors got involved in sampling and voting for their favourites in the Sushi Awards and Sake Experience, and we are delighted to announce the winners here.

The Sushi Awards 2013

The Sushi Awards, sponsored by Kikkoman, S&B and Yutaka, saw five UK based Japanese restaurants battling out to see whose unique sushi creation would be the people’s favourite.
This year’s proud winner was Eat Tokyo Group Head Chef Yoshiro Motohashi, with his sublimely delicious Tokyo Special Roll.

The Eat Tokyo Group has five branches across London, and a reputation as one of the city’s most formidable Japanese chains. Drawing on over 40 years’ experience in the catering trade in Tokyo, the Group offers a wide range of authentic Japanese dishes including freshly prepared sushi, bento boxes, and an izakaya menu. What’s more, the Group is committed to doing it all at prices that defy the stereotype that quality Japanese food has to hit the pocket hard.

The group’s appreciation of what the UK public will admire in Japanese food is really evident in the sumptuous Tokyo Special. This bold and colourful roll was inspired by dynamic and cosmopolitan Tokyo. Eel, prawn and avocado are layered in perfectly cooked Yutaka Premium Sushi Rice then double-wrapped in seared salmon and yellowtail. The roll is then lightly flamed before being smothered in tobiko, wasabi tobiko, and S&B Wasabi Sauce. A tsume glaze made with Kikkoman Soy Sauce provides sweetness and a rich umami punch. The soft salmon melts into creamy avocado, while the prawn and eel give the roll bite, followed by a whisper of wasabi. A truly indulgent mouthful of Tokyo.

The four runners up were all also very popular with the HYPER JAPAN tasters. The restaurants and their creations were as follows;

Sea Bass Maki with Crispy and Spicy Twist by Dariusz Burdzinski, Feng Sushi

Samurai by Tomokazu Matsuya, SO Restaurant

Wagyu Beef Teriyaki Roll by Sadayuki Okamoto, Ichi Sushi and Sashimi Bar

Emperor’s Feast by Sandy Beltran, Tsunami

The Sake Experience 2013

The Eat-Japan Sake Experience, Europe’s biggest public tasting event for sake, where you can try, learn, buy, and vote as you enjoy Japan’s most traditional tipple, returned once again for HYPER JAPAN 2013. This year's event featured 11 breweries, who brought with them 27 different sakes and fruit based liqueurs.

We’re delighted to announce that 800 visitors participated in this event, voting for their favourite sakes in four different categories. The results were as follows.


People's Favourite:

Your overall favourite sake.


Perfect Sake for British Summer:

The sake you would most like to enjoy in the summertime.


Best Match with British Food:

The sake you would most like to pair with British cuisine


Best Handcrafted Sake:

The most interesting handcrafted sake


Click here for the full line-up.

 

TASTE JAPAN : a unique opportunity to sample Japan’s best-loved flavours

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Taste Japan

For most people in the UK, Japanese cuisine used to equal nothing but sushi. But more diverse dishes have now become mainstream favourites, and dishes such as katsu curry are now a staple for almost every Japanese food chain in the UK. Sake has also become an increasingly common sight on restaurant menus and shop shelves. This summer, ‘ TASTE JAPAN' , taking place at HYPER JAPAN 2013 will offer you the chance to experience the varied and unique flavours of Japan. At TASTE JAPAN , visitors can taste and learn easy and delicious Japanese recipes, as well as enjoy free samples of Japanese tea, sake and other alcohol from a special pop-up bar.   Take your palate on an exciting journey to the east this summer and expand your everyday culinary horizons!

Click here for the TASTE JAPAN recipe leaflet.

*Please note that you will require a HYPER JAPAN 2013 ticket to enter TASTE JAPAN .p

 

Food & Drink Demonstrations (Click here for PDF Timetable)

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It is now easier than ever to get Japanese ingredients such as sushi rice, soy sauce, mirin, miso, rice vinegar, soba noodles, nori, tofu, shirataki, and curry sauce mix in the UK, not just in specialist stores, but also in leading supermarkets. Abundant in vegetarian friendly vegetable based products and immunity boosting tofu, shirataki and other fermented foods, as well as ingredients which can be combined to perfectly draw out complex umami flavours, creating immensely satisfying tastes which reduce the need for any additional salt, Japanese food is incredibly healthy. TASTE JAPAN cooking demonstrations will introduce you to Japanese ingredients such as these which you can easily use to make super nutritious food home. Make sure to stop by and pick up your complimentary recipe and supplier leaflet (Click here to download PDF leaflet).

Japanese curryJapanese food expert Atsuko Ikeda will be demonstrating a simple katsu curry recipe to cook at home, Japanese style rice burgers for picnics and a menu centred on healthy Japanese ingredients. Two talented chefs from Sozai - the first cooking school in the UK dedicated to authentic Japanese food- will teach you how to make perfect sushi. Yuki Gomi will teach you Classic Seafood Futo Maki Roll, from her latest recipe book ‘Sushi at Home’, and Tina Turner’s former personal chef Akemi Yokoyama will be showing you how to make a cute fish-shaped pressed sushi.

In addition, Natsuki Kikuya will be showing you how to turn your home into a Japanese izakaya pub with her easy sake and nibbles ideas, and a professional bartender, Niya Martin from Soho's Mizuwari Bar will lead a Japanese cocktail master class, showing you how to make drinks perfect for jazzing up your party drink repertoire. In addition, there will be lectures by Honami Matsumoto from Hedonism Wine and free samples of globally renowned Japanese whisky, which has beaten out western counterparts in international contests, and increasingly famous Japanese wine. Made from distinctive Japanese grapes, this wine is neither Cabernet Sauvignon nor Merlot, but something entirely unique which is currently capturing the attention of connoisseurs around the globe.

 

Japanese Bar and Tea Station (Click here for PDF Timetable)

Japanese teaEnjoy alternate tasting sessions of Japanese teas and Japanese alcoholic drinks at our special pop-up Japanese Bar and Tea Station .

Bursting with beneficial nutrition, Japanese tea is packed with naturally occurring constituents like catechin and vitamin C, as well as deep, interesting flavours that draw acclaim from gourmets around the world.

There are many ways in which Japanese tea is produced, creating a huge variety of brews to enjoy such as such as matcha, sencha, genmaicha, hojicha. Sample our selection and find your perfect cuppa.

Learn more about Japanese Tea (PDF 7.3MB)

sake

Sake has become incredibly popular in the UK- but there are also many other varieties of alcohol from Japan to be enjoyed, including shochu, a clear spirit made from ingredients such as rice, barley, or sweet potatoes, and Japanese beer. Japanese whisky and wine are also becoming more widely consumed.

Whilst you may have seen many of the drinks on offer in UK stores, chances are that you bypassed them for more traditional choices. Now's your chance to them al l-absolutely free of charge- and discover your new favourite Japanese drink.

 

Sake Cocktail Shake-up

On the afternoon of Sunday 28 th July , three skilled mixologists will be introducing their original sake based cocktail creations on the HYPER JAPAN Main Stage. These pro bartenders will mix their drinks up in front of HYPER JAPAN visitors, who will then have the fun task of sampling all three and voting for the cocktail which they think best brings out the flavour of the Japanese sake. Our three bartenders will be; Ryu Okada, a founder of mobile bar company Kampai Cocktails, Alessandro Palumbo, Bar Manager of popular ramen bar Bone Daddies and newly opening izakaya inspired Flesh and Buns, and Niya Martin from Mizuwari Bar- the UK's first dedicated Japanese Whisky bar.


*Please note that you will require a HYPER JAPAN ticket to enter TASTE JAPAN .

 

Eat-Japan 2013 at HYPER JAPAN 2013

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As the UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese culture and cuisine, HYPE R JAPAN prides itself on bringing the best of traditional and contemporary Japan to London. Coming to Earls Court from 26- 28 July, HYPER JAPAN 2013 promises to be bigger and better than ever. Along with a mouth watering array of Japanese food and drink at Eat Japan 2013, the event will feature modern Japanese entertainment such as manga, anime and cinema, fashion and beauty, technology, music, and art, as well as refined traditional culture, travel information, and more. Read on for a just a small taste of what’s on offer from Eat-Japan at HYPER JAPAN 2013.

Sushi Awards 2013

The Eat-Japan Sushi Awards are back again for HYPER JAPAN 2013 with five Japanese restaurants in the UK battling it out to win Sushi of the Year. This is your chance to taste unique sushi creations from some of the leading sushi chefs in the country, and ultimately have your say in who is crowned Sushi Roll Champion of 2013. You’ll also have the chance to see how real professionals go about making world class sushi- guaranteeing an amazing culinary experience, not available anywhere else.

Sake Experience 2013

The Eat-Japan Sake Experience 2013 is a Japanese sake event unparalleled in scale. In addition to increasing awareness, the Sake Experience 2013 will give participants the opportunity to taste many diverse varieties of drinks, learning about the different temperatures and ways in which sake can be enjoyed. Ticket holders can also meet sake brewers, attend mini-seminars from a sake sommelier, and participate in polls and prize draws. Many sakes on offer for sampling can also be purchased by attendees at the event.

Food Court

HYPER JAPAN will be once again hosting a variety of stalls selling Japanese food, hot and cold alcoholic and soft drinks, teas, candy, ingredients, snacks, sweet treats, and more. Offerings will range from tempting street food like okonomiyaki and ramen noodles, as well as super healthy blends of green tea, to exquisite sushi, premium sake, and traditional liqueurs from Japan. In addition to freshly made food, visitors will be able to take home candies, cakes, and snacks, as well as Japanese ingredients and cooking supplies.

Demonstrations

Eat-Japan 2013 will be hosting three days of exciting expert led demonstrations on Japanese cooking and drink on the main stage. These demonstrations will both entertain and educate, inspiring you to create your own Japan inspired culinary masterpieces. In past events, featured demonstrators in the Eat-Japan area have encompassed a wide range of Japanese culinary fields, ranging from sake sommeliers to desert chefs and sushi masters, including Japanese drinks expert Natsuki Kikuya and award winning chocolatier William Curley, and this year’s event promises to be equally diverse. Targeted at everyone from accomplished cooks and interested amateurs, Eat-Japan 2013 will show you how to get the very best out of Japanese ingredients.

 

Tokyo Trends: A Sake Update from Japan’s Capital

More people than ever are choosing sake with their meals at Japanese restaurants here in the UK. But what’s happening in Tokyo, where sake has been a staple choice since time immemorial. We’ve asked Marie Chiba, bartender/sake sommelier at Nihonshu Stand Moto, a standing-room-only sake bar slap-bang in the middle of Shinjuku, Tokyo, to update us on what’s hotting up the sake scene in Japan’s capital. Nihonshu Stand Moto is a favourite haunt of brewers and sake industry workers, so it’s a great place to check out if you’re ever in Tokyo—ask for Marie and she’ll show you what’s what.

 

Discover Japas, Japanese Tapas

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Japas, essentially a Japanese version of tapas, was invented by Atsuko Ikeda, the founder of Atsuko's Kitchen. A crowd favourite at HYPER JAPAN, Atsuko, who presented the ‘Japanese style dishes at home' demonstration at HYPER JAPAN 2012 Spring, will be once again returning to the Christmas event, where she will show you how to prepare a delicious selection of Japas dishes to wow your friends and family. With Atsuko's help, you'll be able to wow your friends and family with exquisite Japanese nibbles all the way through the festive season!

 

Japanese Festival Food

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There are lots of festivals, known as matsuri, around Japan as summer turns to autumn. Whilst are many different kinds of matsuri, the one most enjoyable aspect is always Japanese street food, known as yatai stalls.
Matsuri also feature entertainments like yo-yo balloons and shooting games, but yatai stalls are decisively the most popular attractions.
Below are the results of a poll by Japan’s famous music chart list compiler Oricon on the most popular yatai foods:

1.Takoyaki (fried octopus)
2.Yakisoba noodles
3.Kakigori (shaved ice)
4.Okonomiyaki
5.Chocolate banana
6.Candy floss
7.Jyaga butter (jacket potato with butter)
8.Yakitori chicken
9.Crepe
10.Yaki ika (grilled squid)

 

Healthy Dishes for Summer

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Summer-the best season to do something fun; outings, sports, festivals, and travelling to make the most of the lovely weather. But that (fingers crossed) intense heat can cause fatigue and make you feel lethargic. Take a leaf out of the athletes' book and optimise your diet for summer--although you probably won't have to be quite as strict as them.

 

Eat-Japan Blog Roll: Expert Insight on Japanese Food & Drink

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When faced with the variety and diversity of Japanese food and drink, it's nice to have a bit of expert advice to guide you through. That's why we've been reading the blogs of some of the leading Japanese food and drink professionals in the UK today.

Whether you want to know more about the world of rice wine, discover how an award-winning Japanese chef engages with UK suppliers, or be inspired by musings on the possibilities of Japanese cooking, there's a blog out there for you. Discover something new about Japanese cuisine—go beyond the menu into the kitchen, the brewery, the mind of the chef! Here are three of our favourite blogs from three of our favourite UK-based Japanese food and drink experts

 

Savour Umeshu This Summer

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For over a thousand years the Japanese have been enjoying a drink that epitomises the warmth and zest of the season. Whether in a fruity cocktail or on the rocks, for a touch of sunshine in a glass, umeshu is well worth getting to know.

 

Time For Tea

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Golden Week has arrived and with it, anticipation of the year's first tea harvest as blue skies and vibrant, lush fields welcome dancing streamers of colourful carp to play. The crowded cities of Japan meanwhile heave a collective sigh, bidding farewell to salary men and women, as packed trains whisk them home to pastures green and fresh.

 

Dragon Volcano: Sushi Roll of the Year 2012

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Discover the secrets of this year's explosive Sushi of the Year, Dragon Volcano, and a little more about the chef and restaurant behind it.

 

Taste Discovery Zone: Eat, Taste, Enjoy

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HYPER JAPAN Spring 2012 welcomed a whole host of foodies to the Taste Discovery Zone, sponsored by Kikkoman and S&B, eager to learn more about how to create simple, authentic, Japanese style dishes at home. The ever-affable Atsuko Ikeda was back again this year, with sessions introducing us to yaki udon and wasabi cream, whilst newcomer to the Eat-Japan Food Court Elsa Gleeson took on the dessert menu. For all things sakeNatsuki Kikuya, Eat-Japan’s Executive Sommelier and curator of the Sake Awards, enlightened us with her informative seminars on the delights of Japan’s national drink.

 

The Renaissance of Sushi

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Sushi, once a bona fide Japanese concept, has gone global. The beauty of its simplicity is providing the basis for a plethora of imaginative culinary adventures and delights. Whether from the seasoned professional, keen cook or novice, the re-invention of sushi has begun.

Above: Varieties of sushi from late Edo / early Meiji period (based on printings by Gyokusho Kawabata: with thanks to Mizkan Group Co., Ltd.)

 

The Season of Sake

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Sake is the quintessential drink of celebration and commemoration in Japan, and will have been raised in many a toast during the party season by friends and family throughout the land in a wish to bestow health and harmony in the coming year.

 

Northern Delights

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The skies are clouding over, there’s a chill in the air, and cashmere jumpers are flooding the high street, it can only mean one thing; it's time for some soul food. Get ready to warm your heart and nourish your day, Japanese style.

 

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