Ja­pan House

Our love of all things Ja­panese is about to be su­per­charged by this shrine to Eastern art and de­sign

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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).

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