London News 1: No more Mitsukoshi
Due to redevelopment in Regent Street, the Mitsukoshi department store has sadly closed after 34 years in London. The same building also housed the Japan Centre and the Japanese book store JP Books. Mitsukoshi apparently plan to open a new London store once they have found a suitable site and fortunately the other two shops have already relocated. JP Books is now at 24-25 Denman Street and the Japan Centre has moved to 19 Shaftesbury Avenue, so neither is far way from the old site. To promote the relocation, the Japan Centre is offering special discounts until 13 October.
London News 2: Trafalgar Square Matsuri
The Japan Matsuri returns to Trafalgar Square this Saturday 5 October. The event takes place from 11 am until 9 pm and celebrates Japanese culture with food stalls, music, dance, crafts, martial arts and children's activities. Full details at http://japanmatsuri.com/
London News 3: Japanese Erotic Art
The "Shunga: sex and pleasure in Japanese art" exhibition at the British Museum runs from 3 October 2013 until 5 January 2014 and offers a rare opportunity to see erotic art by Hokusai and other Japanese artists in paintings and prints produced between 1600 and 1900. These sexually explicit works were banned from public exhibition for many years in Japan and for this exhibition there is a parental guidance warning for under 16s. Tickets cost £7. Booking and more information at http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/shunga.aspx