We're Turning Japanese (We Really Think So)

We’re Turning Japanese (We Really Think So)

We Feel Like We’re Turning Japanese This October!

Here’s our guide to just a few of the Japanese cultural and culinary delights to be had in London this month (and beyond)…

Be Cultured!

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Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art | British Museum | October 3 – January 5 | £7

Explicit and beautifully detailed – words which could be used to describe a To Do List editorial meeting, but in this instance they refer to the artworks produced between 1600 and 1900 which continue to influence manga, anime and Japanese tattoo art. This exhibition promises to shed new light on what remains a taboo art form within Japanese social and cultural history.

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Japan Matsuri | Trafalgar Square | October 5 | 11am-9pm FREE

Japan Matsuri returns for its second visit to Trafalgar Square – a “dynamic annual event which brings people together to enjoy Japanese food, music, dance, activities for all the family”.

Performance highlights on the two stages will include Taiko Drumming, Japanese Dance, a live Nodo Jiman Karaoke Contest, Tsugaru Shamisen and Martial Arts demonstrations.

There will be authentic Japanese food available from numerous stalls, plus fun to be had for all the family in the activities area – don a kimono, or try your hand at drawing Japanese cartoons on the manga wall.

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Hokusai Exposed | Old Truman Brewery | October 26 – November 17 | £8

The Old Truman Brewery hosts Hokusai Exposed , a chance to immerse yourself in the vibrant streets and pleasure districts of Edo, 18th century Tokyo, and the works of the great Japanese Master, Hokusai.

Through the clever use of state-of-the-art digital recreation technology, “a world will be brought to life which engages all the senses and fuses two popular Japanese art forms, Ukiyo-e, classical woodblock printing and today’s electronic art, both provocative expressions and popular entertainment of their times”.

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And Then Eat!

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So Restaurant & So Sushi | Soho

So restaurant in Soho serves up contemporary Japanese dining infused with unique European flavours. The main restaurant has just recently reopened after 10 days of refurbishment, and looks pretty amazing.

Also, don’t miss So Sushi on Frith Street (formerly Hi Sushi), with its amazing All You Can Eat Sushi deal. Just be careful not to order too much – wastage is frowned upon!

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Yoshino Restaurant & Delicatessen | Near Piccadilly Circus

The delicatessen on Shaftsbury Avenue is our favourite place to pick up snack before the cinema, although we’re pretty sure eating California Rolls at the Cineworld is definitely a contravention of the Kermode & Mayo Moviegoers Code of Conduct!

The restaurant just the other side of Piccadilly Circus is definitely worth a visit when you have a bit more time.

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Stuart Wilson

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I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.