Why Visit?

To see the WABI 2017 showguide please click here.

Enjoy a day out in London like no other. Join us at WABI to experience the essence of Japanese food and drink at Lindley Hall, London.

  • Shop your way around an abundance of hard-to-find Japanese food and drink products. See all the exhibitors
  • Discover your new favourite sake at Europe’s largest tasting dedicated to over 200 sake, with free educational guidance from independent experts.
  • Maybe you’ll acquire a new skill with our workshops - find out how to roll sushi or master a sake cocktail. See the schedule now

 

Wabi Glass

Souvenir WABI Tasting Glass

 Each visitor will receive a souvenir WABI tasting glass to use at the event – to taste the wide range of excellent sakes and      spirits – and then take home as a reminder of the day Japan came to London.

 

Barrel

Opening ceremony

To open each of the 4 WABI sessions the seal of a large barrel of sake will be broken in a traditional kagami biraki ceremony.

Kagami-biraki is a ceremony performed at celebratory events in which the lid of the sake barrel is broken open by a wooden mallet.

Kagami refers to the lid of the sake barrel and biraki means “to open” so kagami-biraki literally means “opening the lid.”

 

Tanabata

Discover a true Japanese tradition with the WABI Tanabata Tree

Celebrate Tanabata 'Evening of the seventh' by writing wishes and hanging the wish on our bamboo tree, sponsored by Japan Airlines, in hope that the wishes come true.

Tanabata, also known as the "star festival", takes place on the 7th day of the 7th month of the year, when, according to a legend, the two stars Altair and Vega, who are usually separated from each other by the milky way, are able to meet.

 

Taste the authentic Japanese Nigiri-Sushi 

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Visitors will enjoy the performance of Asuka Tsuji, a leading sushi chef, as she creates truly unique Nigiri-Sushi. 

She will wow visitors by turning the finest ingredients, including very thin slices of raw fish and pressed vinegared rice, into mouth-watering dishes. 

Asuka was born in Japan but now lives in the UK. She has worked in restaurants such as Azarea in Japan and at two of London’s finest Japanese restaurants, Nobu and Sushi-Tetsu. She currently freelances for Zen Catering. 

 

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Take a break at Sushilicious 

Visitors will be able to buy scrumptious sushi at Sushilicious throughout the show.

The enthusiastic and creative food entrepreneurs offer an exciting menu of traditional Japanese cuisine with a slight twist to all visitors.

 

 

Win a trip to Japan

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Make sure you enter the competition being run by Japan Airlines at WABI!

The prize is two premium economy return flights to a destination of the winner’s choice within Japan.

Find out more details on the Japan Airlines stand.