Who would’ve thought you could bring Japanese street life to a bar along the Regent’s Canal? Well, it has now been done and Proud East is open and ready for business. Pop up Japan has landed in Haggerston and it’s packed full of fresh Japanese delicacies, music, cinema and various other events. There’s something for everyone and you’re bound to find a corner of this festival that appeals to you.

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Tonkotsu are taking over the catering with a specially designed menu that includes their handmade noodles in their signature creamy broth *ramen lovers unite*, amongst other interesting items such as crab croquettes and homemade kimchee.

Expect to learn how to make devillishly strong Sake cocktails or trying out some of the most interesting beers Japan has to offer. I mean, who would’ve thought a beer infused with coriander and nutmeg could taste so good?

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One of London’s best outdoor cinemas, the Nomad cinema, is transforming Proud’s beautiful riverside terrace into a cinema lovers dream and are screening classics such as Lost in Translation and Battle Royale. If sitting outside by a canal watching movies isn’t incentive enough, all ticket sales will be donated to ‘Save The Children Japan’.


There will also be a chance for you to try your hand at sushi making or perfecting the art of origami, with classes being run throughout the festival. Expect loads of laughs as well with comedy nights, pool, ping pong tables and other Japanese games available.

Proud East, 2-10 Hertford Road, London, N1 5ET


Feature Image: Austin Matherne

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