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In this edition, we speak to Tim Anderson, champion of the BBC's Masterchef, who shares a simple Japanese recipe with us.

Events this month include 'IRO IRO - Japan, in Colour', a colourful exhibtition at the Embassy, Japanese film 'Waterboys' at the Embassy, Anime and Architecture at London's Barbican, Hyper Japan 2011 and an exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints at the National Railway Museum in York.

We also speak to Prof. Toshiya Ueki at Tohoku University who visited The University of York in June and report on a Charity Bazaar at the Ambassador's residence, the memorial service at Westminster Abbey, the 15th Summer Reunion for Peace and Friendship, the 2011 Nihongo Cup and Birmingham Royal Ballet's successful tour of Japan.

Finally, Japan take on England in the group stage of the FIFA Women's World Cup on 5 July. An intriguing game is in prospect...

Spotlight On.... Tim Anderson, Masterchef 2011 Champion

Tim was crowned champion of the BBC's Masterchef, an amateur cooking competition, in April 2011. He spent two years in Japan and Japanese food has had a big impact on his cooking. His winning meal included Kyushu-style pork ramen and a Tokyo-inspired burger.

'I was really interested in Iron Chef [a popular Japanese cookery programme] as a kid. I found Japanese food really exotic, strange and interesting, and the more I learnt about it the more I got a real appreciation for it.'

Why not try Tim's simple recipe for mentaiko pasta at home? Click here for more.

IRO IRO - Japan, In Colour
4 July - 12 August 2011, The Embassy of Japan
Visitors are encouraged to participate in
this playful look at Japan...more

Films at the Embassy: Waterboys

27 July 2011, The Embassy of Japan
This high-spirited comedy follows five hapless high-school boys who start a synchronized swimming team...more

Japan at the Barbican, Summer 2011

Anime and architecture take centre
stage at the Barbican this summer with
'Watch Me Move' and Junya Ishigami's
'Architecture as Air'...more

Hyper Japan 2011

22 - 24 July, Olympia
HYPER JAPAN will be packed with art,
games, manga, anime and pop content
from and inspired by Japan

Japan's First Railway: colour woodblock prints from the 1870s

From 18 July, National Railway Museum, York
"The artists had never seen a train before - the prints portray engines and carriages with varying degrees of accuracy"...more

Tohoku University - Back on Course

We spoke to Prof. Toshiya Ueki, Executive
Vice-President of Tohoku University, about how his institution is faring after the disaster of 11 March...more

Charity Bazaar at the Ambassador's Residence
11 June 2011
Together with donations, the total proceeds surpassed £250,000, far beyond original expectations...more

Memorial Service at Wesminster Abbey
5 June 2011, Westminster Abbey
"As darkness gives way to the dawn
of a new day, may comfort come to those
who have lost much"...more

Embassy hosts 15th Summer Reunion for Peace and Friendship
9 June 2011
"The natural disaster will not make us flinch from this long process of reconciliation and building friendship"...more

The swords are out at the 2011
Nihongo Cup

18 June 2011, The Embassy of Japan
Once again, the Nihongo Cup confirmed
the positive state of Japanese language
study in the UK

Birmingham Royal Ballet Triumphs in Japan
"Not only were we delighted that the tour had gone ahead but deeply proud that we were able to help in some small way"...more

Keep an eye on our Event Calendar for details of other events this summer and check out the latest photos on our Flickr page.

MANGA JIMAN COMPETITION 2011 - Look out for details of the new competition on our website
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