Pop Up Japan launches at Proud East

Tim Firmager
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Pop Up Japan launched last week at Proud East, which brings the tastes, sounds and culture of Japan to London. Pop Up Japan is hoping to fuse Tokyo’s dynamic cultural hub with century old customs and provide something to offer every visitor. Food will be prepared by Tonkotsu kitchen, Japanese beers available on the menu, eclectic Japanese cinema screenings taking place, games and hands-on workshop classes for origami (the art of Japanese paper folding), and sushi and sashimi will run on weekends.

Tonkotsu kitchen

The open-plan kitchen at Proud East has been taken over by Tonkotsu Japanese Kitchen. Their menu includes fresh Gyoza, Crab Korokke, Chicken Kara-age and Tonkotsu’s signature dish, their intensely flavoursome and creamy Ramen.

Sweet treats available include the Ice-cream Sando Malty (a malted milk ice-cream sandwiched in oat biscuits, dipped in chocolate), and the Miso Caramel (a salted-caramel miso ice-cream sandwiched in chocolate and Guinness cake).

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Origami workshops

To celebrate the arrival of Spring, origami workshops will teach you how to make beautiful seasonal flowers out of paper, including cherry blossom (‘sakura’ in Japanse). You’ll also learn how to make the famous origami crane, recognised worldwide as a symbol of peace and good luck.

Workshop facilitator, Alice, runs these origami classes on Saturdays and Sundays, and is on hand to assist and offer useful tips. Booking is recommended online. The class is priced at £11.

Sushi and sashimi workshops

Ever wondered how Samantha Jones made her own sushi in the Sex & The City movie? Well the world famous Sozai Cooking School are joining forces with Pop Up Japan to teach you how to do just that – presenting it on your naked body for your partner is optional. Whether you prefer Prawn Temari, Futo Maki, Inside-Out rolls or Sashimi you’ll have mastered it all by the end of the class and you leave with masterpieces you’ve created. You’ll learn everything you need to know to make perfectly formed, firm sushi and sashimi including how to cook and store the rice, where to buy ingredients and techniques for three types of sushi.

Classes run every Saturday and Sunday, and attendees will be able to take away the box of sushi they made or eat it on site. Tickets can be booked online and cost £37.50

Pop Up Japan will run everyday, on weekdays midday to 10:30pm and starting earlier on weekends, running 10am to 10:30pm on Saturdays and until 9:45pm on Sundays.

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Proud East is located at 2-10 Hertford Road, London, N1 5ET.

For more information and to book the workshops mentioned above visit www.proudeast.com.

About Tim Firmager

Tim divides his time being a Digital Consultant in The City and as a food and travel writer across the globe. When he's not working as one of the Lifestyle Editors here at Vada, he's planning his next trip, or on the lookout for the latest food crazes or unusual foods in London's markets.