If like us, you can’t quite make it to Japan at the minute, don’t worry! There’s a great event coming up this week a little closer to home!


At the QEII Centre in Westminster from 24th – 30th October, you’ll find a vast mix of features and presenters inviting you to ‘discover the essence of Japan’.  Over the six day event you’ll be able to enjoy the following programme:

DAY 1: SATURDAY 24TH OCTOBER (11.30am – 3.30pm)

Cultural Food: Japanese cuisine has gained World Heritage status, and the techniques employed in chopping the materials and maintaining their freshness are the product of a profound Japanese philosophy and of an approach to food materials very different from that evident in Western cuisine. Various people involved in the world of gastronomy including a Michelin-starred chef will discuss the fascination of Japanese cuisine.

DAY 2: SUNDAY 25TH OCTOBER (1.00pm – 4.00pm)

Technology with heart: Did you know that one of Japan’s most adored pop idols is actually a virtual star created by singing voice synthesizer? Top Japanese creatives will reveal the inventive technology they use to give robots or virtual personae like this a range of ’emotions’.

DAY 3: MONDAY 26TH OCTOBER (1.00pm – 3.00pm)

Timeless creation: Traditional and pop culture have both come to symbolise Japan. Although at first glance these two elements might seem like complete opposites, is it possible that they actually influence one another and thereby evolve in new directions? This event will include time- and space-defying presentations.

DAY 4: TUESDAY 27TH OCTOBER (12.00am – 1.30pm)

Social innovation: As an earthquake-prone country that’s facing environmental challenges, Japan continues to develop ideas to support change and improvements for the future of the country. We look for clues about how to solve the world’s problems by studying social innovations that began in Japan.

DAY 5: WEDNESDAY 28TH OCTOBER (1.00pm – 3.00pm)

Sport for tomorrow: Why do judo wrestlers bow to their opponents? Is the Japanese spirit of fair play, ingrained in even the youngest children, actually rooted in the way of the samurai? In preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Sport for Tomorrow will discuss Japanese sportsmanship and how they wish to pass it on to the rest of the world.

DAY 6: THURSDAY 29TH OCTOBER (4.00pm – 6.00pm)

Visit Japan: Japan’s true appeal lies not only in major cities like Tokyo and Kyoto, but also in the smaller towns. This event presents the highlights of the 12 Japanese cities that will be hosting games during the 2019 Rugby World Cup. This is your chance to plan ahead and pick out destinations for your trip to Japan.

The event is FREE but we would suggest checking the official website for any changes to the advertised times.

Which topics are you most intrigued about? Let us know in the comments below!