I recently had some time to spare in Central London, so I decided to head to Piccadilly Circus to check out a shop called The Japan Centre.
I learned something that day… The Japan Centre is awesome! 😀
I remember coming here many years ago and being thoroughly unimpressed with how small and unexciting it was. However, over the years it has radically changed into an amazing indoor marketplace full of Japanese goods to buy.
The stalls are lined with delicious looking cakes and breads.
There are multiple fridges stocked with more varieties of sake than I even knew existed.
And they even have a display of some rare Japanese whisky that I’ve never found on sale anywhere else in London… not even in ‘renowned’ Whisky Shop.
It really feels like a miniature version of Hyper Japan‘s food stalls. Between this and a visit to the Forbidden Planet megastore, I ended up going a little bit crazy with my wallet…
So far, my favourite things are the instant noodles. These are so much better than any other instant noodle product I’ve had. I also remember covering this range at work in the past (I work in marketing for food and drink products). It was so great to finally try this out and it tasted absolutely delicious!
The strangest item is the box of Oreos from China. These cookies are fairly common, except this version is flavoured with grape and peach.
I also picked up a new manga from Forbidden Planet called My Boy.
It’s been a while since I read any new manga. The last one I tried was Complex Age, which is about an office worker who likes to cosplay but keeps it a secret from her colleagues. My Boy is about a lonely office worker who develops protective instincts for a young boy who feels neglected at home.
As you may guess… I am drawn to stories about office workers 😅
All in all, it was a great little shopping trip 🙂 I also managed to check out the new boards at Piccadilly Circus.
Next time I come this way, I’ll be attending the Lush megastore for a massage. I’m definitely looking forward to that!
In the meantime, thanks for reading folks 🙂