Our love of all things Japanese is about to be supercharged by this shrine to Eastern art and design
Our love of all things Japanese is about to be supercharged by this new cultural hub, opening in London this summer
Say konnichiwa to Japan House London, a new cultural destination showcasing the best of all things Japanese, sited in a Grade-ii Heritage Listed Art Deco building on Kensington High Street. Joining sister houses in Los Angeles and São Paulo, the capital’s new design hub will highlight key artisans, craftspeople and creatives with a programme of events, workshops, seminars and performances, as well as having a dedicated retail space, library and restaurant. The first exhibition, ‘Sou Fujimoto: Futures of the Future’ (open until 5 August), is an exploration of works by Fujimoto, one of the country’s most influential contemporary architects, known for his philosophical and sustainable approach. Shows on metalworking and paper-making will follow. The shop, which spans the ground floor, presents a curated edit of Japanese homeware, stationery, accessories, beauty and fashion (see below), with each piece accompanied by the story of its design. Get a flavour for the country at Akira, the on-site restaurant which focuses on rare sakes and seasonal dishes, presented on delicate Japanese tableware. 101–111 Kensington High Street, London W8 ( japanhouselondon.uk).