Japanese Resources in the South East

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Antiques, prints and specialist books

Han Shan Tang Books Unit 3 Ashburton Centre, 276 Cortis Road, London SW15 3AY Tel:(+44 181) 788 1565  produce catalogues of rare and unusual Asian books


Books Nippon, 64-66 St Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AA Tel:071-248 4956 Fax:071-489 1171. 

Japan Centre, 212 Piccadilly, London W1V 9LD Tel: 0171-439 8035 Fax: 0171 287 1082 E-mail: info@japancentrebookshop.co.uk 
You can now shop on-line or they can send you a catalogue and post items to you. The Centre is near Piccadilly Circus and has a good range of books, craft items, and food.  

The V & A Museum has its own on-line shop, which features a number of books on Japanese art.

(See also the Bibliography)

Bonsai and accessories

Bonsai Ko, 45 Sydney Street, Brighton, East Sussex, UK   Tel: +44 (0)1273 621743  Owned by Eric Danot, who has given some impressive talks and demonstrations to the Sussex Japan Society. 

Japanese and Oriental food supplies

A great new resource right on our doorstep for those who like to experiment with Japanese cooking, or just like healthy eating!  You can get Japanese vegetables organically grown in Lewes, East Sussex from  Japanese Vegetables  Namayasai LLP     If you've struggled to find authentic ingredients you can now try the real taste of fresh shiso, shungiku, daikon, kabu, gobo, mitsuba, mizuna, edamame, naga-negi, nira and kabocha!   And if you can't tell your kabu from your kabocha, their excellent, well-illustrated website is a mine of information on these vegetables, their nutritional properties and ideas on how to use them in cooking.

If you're new to Japanese home cooking, or you've never tried it because you thought it was too elaborate, then the best place to look is Momotaro Foods, a new online supplier featuring lots of very simple mouth-watering recipes.  When you've found a recipe you like, the same page lists all the ingredients you'll need - just click to put them into your shopping basket.

Oki Nami Japanese Restaurant -see below - also retails ingredients

The Japan Centre - see above - also has a Japanese grocery department.

Yum Yum, Oriental Market/Noodle Bar, 22-23 Sydney Street, Brighton, East Sussex, UK Tel: +44 (0)1273 606777

Ottogi Supermarket, 34 Blatchington Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 3YN, UK Tel: +44 (0)1273 328866

There is now a butcher supplying the whole of the South East with meat sliced in traditional Japanese style and offering free home delivery. See the Willetts Family Butchers website.  (They also do those rather nice dorayaki sweet bean or custard pancakes . . .)

And if there are any Japanese people reading this who would like to try a taste of Britain look at Expat Essentials.

To get your supply of Japanese drinks you can order on the web from Distinctive Drinks -  contact them via their e-mail link if you want your fix of Pocari Sweat and can't find it on their pages!  Or try isake if you're looking for premium sake.

Japanese Art, Crafts & Design

Wabi Sabi, 16 Southgate, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1ES, UK   Tel: +44 (0)1243 533951
E-mail: wabisabiuk@aol.com
Antique furniture, bonsai, pottery, ingredients for Japanese cuisine and an interesting book selection.  WabiSabi will offer discounts to members of the Sussex Japan Society, ranging from 5% on books and ingredients to between 10% and 15% on pottery and furniture.

If you want to give a Japanese touch to your home,  Kume, 20 Bond Street, Brighton BN1 1RD offers a wide selection of furnishing accessories UK Tel: +44 (0)1273 602667

The  Japan Centre - see above - also stocks a range of Japanese ceramics, paper and craft items.

If you would like some examples of fine Japanese calligraphy which you can buy via the Internet look at the Japan Shop.

And to give a Japanese touch to your garden as well see Japanese Garden Supplies, Millstones, Mill lane, Worthing BN13 3DF  or Rhino Rock Landscapes, Addlestead Road, East Peckham, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 5DP

See also Samurai Martial Arts shop (in Martial Arts section).

Japanese Language Courses

Northbrook College, Adult Education Centre, Union Place, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 1LQ, UK Tel: +44 (0)1903 237392

For details of courses at the above centres run by John & Jeannette Simpson click here.

Japanese Restaurants

Bonsai licensed restaurant, offering Japanese Sushi and Vietnamese cuisine, means that there is now a taste of Japan in Worthing at 143 Montague Street, Worthing, West Sussex BN13 3BX, UK Tel: +44 (0)1903 213036  The restaurant, which also offers tempura dishes, will give a 15% discount to a group of members of the Sussex Japan Society whose bill totals 100.

Oki Nami,
208 Church Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 2DJ, UK Tel and Fax: +44 (0)1273 773777   

Sapporo Teppanyaki, Preston Street, Brighton, East Sussex, UK Tel: +44 (0)1273 777880

In addition to their three London locations Moshi Moshi Sushi now has a branch in Bartholomew Square, Brighton, East Sussex, UK Tel: +44 (0)1273 719195


Brighton Go Association meets in the Queen's Head pub (near Brighton Station) every Tuesday night at 8.00 p.m. - beginners welcome, just go along.  It is hoped to set up a Go club in West Sussex (Arundel-Chichester area).  If you are interested contact Sue Paterson suepat@freeuk.com  For more information about the game of Go or details of clubs in other areas look at the British Go Association's website.

Martial Arts

Samurai Ltd Martial Arts shop stocks a wide range of equipment for Martial Arts, with impressive swords, naginata etc  on offer, but also has yukata and happi coats, tabi, books, as well as other Japanese craft items, such as noren and ceramics.  Find them at 69 North Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1YD, UK Tel/Fax: +44 (0)1273 570940  They also offer classes in various martial arts styles in Brighton and Newhaven - for details see their dojo website.

Translations etc

BJ Translations , a partnership based in Kent UK, offer translation and interpreting but also offers typesetting (you must get bi-lingual business cards if you hope to succeed with Japanese companies) and can even produce a Japanese version of your web site.  In London you will find Asian Absolute who offer Japanese and other Asian language services.


For general information about this part of Sussex see  Shorehambysea.com or  Virtual Brighton and Hove - and check out the local weather at Shoreham Weather

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