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Exciting news for Japan obsessives: alongside  Los Angeles and Sao Paulo, London has been chosen as one of the three locations where Japan House, a hub for enhanced cultural understanding and exchange, has decided to put down roots. The House’s main goals? To share the varied and ever-changing facets of Japanese culture with the public and to strengthen the country’s links with the UK. The House will also highlight Japan’s unique prowess in maintaining its rich traditions while simultaneously making leaps and bounds with the likes of technology and architecture, which will be clearly showcased through the building’s chic, innovative design. No surprise there, given that Japan House’s Chief Creative Director, Kenya Hara, also happens to be the Art Director at MUJI.

Located in the elegant art deco Kensington High Street building which used to house Derry & Toms department store, this spot will soon be teeming with cultural exhibitions, performances and events. Top-of-the-line Japanese food, retail outlets and an expansive book collection will be available to visitors, while workshops, film screenings and lectures will be on tap regularly to further enrich the experience. Set to open on Friday 22 June 2018, follow @JapanHouseldn on Twitter to keep in the know.

Japan House already has plans on the move to get involved with London’s cultural scene before its grand opening – just one of its upcoming contributions will involve holding a pop-up sake bar for the British Museum’s “Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave” exhibition this July.

Keep an eye out for more appearances leading up to the House’s début, with information on exhibitions and invitations to pre-opening events on their Instagram @japanhouseldn.

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