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How To Celebrate The Tokyo 2020 Olympics From London

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The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are here! And while we may not be able to watch the events in person this year, there’s plenty of ways to celebrate the games and their host country. Check out our guide on how to celebrate from London below.

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How To Celebrate The Tokyo 2020 Olympics From London

 

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    Watch the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony live at The Tap In, Elephant Park

    Catch a live screening of the Opening Ceremony at Elephant Park’s Tap In. The space is renowned for showing sporting events, with football-inspired artwork hung on the walls and sports fans at every corner. The menu features an impressive 300+ beers to choose from, as well as ‘Floribbean’ plates from Brick City Burgers.

    For more information, visit tapin.london

  • Immerse yourself in Japanese Culture at Kensington High Street’s Japan House

    Dubbed the cultural home of Japan in London, Japan House is a hub of activity for those wanting to learn about the Land of the Rising Sun. The project space is host to an exhibition gallery, events space, restaurant, and retail floor – meaning there are plenty of things to get stuck in to! You can celebrate Tokyo 2020 with Japan House’s upcoming exhibition, Tokyo 1964: Designing Tomorrow, which explores how a group of young Japanese designers and architects constructed the first games held in Asia.

    For more information, visit japanhouselondon.uk 

    Image: 1964 Tokyo Olympics Official Poster, Swimming. Courtesy of Prince Chichibu Memorial Sports Museum

  • Marugame Udon - Japanese dishes spread out on a table

    Tuck in to some Japanese cuisine at Marugame Udon

    Japanese restaurant Marugame Udon are celebrating the opening of their London branch by handing out a whopping 5,000 free bowls of udon. Taking place from 26 July to 1 August, the restaurant will be kicking off the Tokyo Olympics by inviting Londoners to taste authentic udon noodles and tempura. The offer is on a first-come-first-served basis, so grab your chopsticks and get going!

    For more information, visit marugame.co.uk

    Image: (c) Jamie Orlando Smith

  • Tokyo 2020 - Yayoi Kusama

    Visit one of London’s many Yayoi Kusama Exhibitions and Pop-Ups

    This Japanese artist is no stranger to London – and if you hadn’t heard the name Yayoi Kusama before, we’d probably call your bluff! Visit Tate Modern to explore her Infinity Mirror Rooms exhibition, or head over to the Level 6 Restaurant to try out the Kusama-inspired menu. Alternatively, head over to Selfridges, where the Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame x Yayoi Kusama is currently taking place. The multi-sensory viewing and retail experience celebrates Kusama’s iconic work with the department store as well as her recent re-design of the Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2012 bottle.

    For more information, visit tate.org.uk and selfridges.com

  • Tokyo 2020 - Kyoto Garden Holland Park

    Relax in Holland Park’s Kyoto Garden

    Opened in 1991, Holland Park’s Kyoto Garden is a beautiful spot for visitors to explore and relax in. The garden itself was a gift from the city of Kyoto to commemorate the long-standing friendship between Japan and the UK. Expect to find a traditional Japanese garden with tiered waterfalls, ponds full of koi carp, stone lanterns, Japanese maple trees, and the odd peacock or two for good measure.

    For more information, visit rbkc.gov.uk

    Image: (c) GettyImages

  • Ivy Asia, St Paul's

    Join the Ivy Asia, St Paul’s for one of their ‘Tokyo Nights’

    The Ivy Asia, St Paul’s has teamed up with House of Suntory to host ‘Tokyo Nights’. Every Thursday and Friday evening during the games, guests will be able to watch performances from their tables and take their pick from Ivy Asia, St Paul’s delicious menu. A selection of limited edition cocktails will also be available to try, all infused with the spirit of Japan.

    For more information, visit theivyasia.com

    Images: (c) Ben Carpenter

  • Explore The V&A’s Japan Collection

    The V&A has a huge collection of Japanese art and design pieces, spanning the likes of ceramics, armour, prints, and textiles (plus so much more). Highlights include a print of Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave’, some cracking armour from the Edo period, and a selection of Lolita fashion items. Having been in the collecting game since 1852, it’s safe to say that you won’t run out of things to find in the V&A’s extensive Japan exhibit.

    For more information, visit vam.ac.uk

    Image: Japanese Suit of Armour, 1859. Courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  • Minka House in the Bamboo Garden

    Get lost in Kew Gardens’ Bamboo Garden

    Kew Gardens is host to multiple crops of wildlife from all over the world. Their Bamboo Garden alone is host to over 130 bamboo species from Japan, China, the Himalayas, and the Americas. You’ll also find the Minka House nestled in the depths of the Bamboo Garden, a farmhouse that once belonged to the Yonezu family – who lived in it after their main home was bombed in 1945. Nandina domestica ‘firepower’, a sacred bamboo believed to dispel bad dreams, are planted around the entrance.

    For more information, visit kew.org

    Image: The Minka House in the Bamboo Garden, Kew Gardens © RBG Kew

Featured Image: The Bamboo Garden, Kew Gardens © RBG Kew

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