After much anticipation, the location of Japan House London was finally announced during a media launch on 22nd May 2017.
Japan House will take up three floors of a Grade II Heritage Listed Art Deco building on Kensington High Street. Just moments from the station, the building will be easily accessible to tourists, local residents and visitors to West London.
What is Japan House?
For those who have yet to hear, Japan House will be a total cultural immersion into Japan. The building will explore Japanese creativity, design, food, hospitality and culture through a programme of events, discussions, talks, workshops, performances and exhibitions.
There will be retail spaces for visitors to purchase authentic Japanese products, which will be displayed in beautiful, museum-like cabinets. Lounge areas will welcome weary shoppers with a place to rest, offering them a respite from the outside world with comfy seats, an in-house book collection and travel literature on Japan.
The first floor will be a haven for Japanese food and drink lovers, with a restaurant serving Japanese washoku cuisine, whilst the lower ground floor will house the exhibitions and extensive events programme.
This building is set to be like no other in London - creating a new vision of Japan for those who have yet to encounter the country. Japan House will welcome children, adults, professionals, locals, tourists and anybody interested in satiating their curiosities about this fascinating, and often misunderstood, country.
For those who are keen to get a sense of what Japan House will be like pre-opening, the Japan House team will host a pop up sake bar at the British Museum on Friday 14th July. The sake event will run alongside the new Hokusai exhibition running at the museum, and will offer visitors the chance to learn more about Japanese sake from expert Natsuki Kikuya. The event will also welcome performers flying in all the way from Japan, craft workshops, and a screening of the NHK documentary ‘The Last Hokusai’ (2017).
For more from Japan House and to follow their progress, follow them on Twitter at: twitter.com/japanhouseldn.