Japan House


101-111 Kensington High Street
W8 5SA

Japan House

Opening hours:

15 - 23 September

Mon - Sat 10:00 - 20:00

Sun 12:00 - 18:00


Japan House is a new London home for Japanese creativity and innovation. Spread over three floors, Japan House London offers a gallery, with a regular programme of exhibitions; a hall for talks, performances, workshops and events; innovative Japanese restaurant AKIRA; and The Shop, a cultural retail space introducing Japanese products: their provenance and the artisans and designers who make them.

During London Design Festival 'Biology of Metal: Metal Craftsmanship in Tsubame-Sanjo' is on show. Tsubame-Sanjo, in northern Japan, is known for the skill of the craftspeople from its small metalworking factories and workshops. It produces all manner of specialized knives, precision machine parts, tools, kitchenware, agricultural and camping goods and its people are central to the story. It produces the majority of all of present-day Japan's cutlery and is the only area in Japan producing all cutting tools used for creating bonsai.

Throughout the duration of the exhibition, Japan House will host a range of talks, demonstrations and workshops lead by Tsubame-Sanjo makers. Workshops will include, hand-hammer your own copper plate with Gyokusendo; make your own spoon with Hinoura and Tadafusa; carve your own wooden chopsticks with Marunao; and decorate your own leaf-shaped metal chopstick rest with Oiwa.