This Autumn, Sakagura, a new international Japanese dining experience and sake bar will
launch onto the London restaurant scene, nestled in amongst the popular food and drink
hotspot of Heddon Street, W1B.

Representing a new eating destination for Londoners, Sakagura will be the first joint venture between the Japan Centre Group, one of the world’s most exclusive sushi experiences, The Araki Michelin Star restaurant with whom a number of seasonal dishes will be created, sake Royal Warrant holders Gekkeikan, Japanese plum wine brand Choya as well as the Toridoll Corporation.

The traditional southern Japanese menu, lovingly created by Executive Chef, Kanji
Furukawa is based on authentic ‘Washoku’ which incorporates different elements into each meal with a focus on using seasonal ingredients. Diners will feast on a wide ranging selection of dishes including Hakata yakitori – grilled skewers, hand-made udon and soba noodles and freshly made sushi and sashimi. Prepare your palate for Wagyu Tataki – seared wagyu beef with tosasu black truffle oil; Octopus & Mizuna salad with wasabi garlic aioli; Kurobuta – Berkshire black pork belly with halen mon sea salt; Tiger Ebi – tiger prawns with moshio salt & lemon; Lobster Tempura; Aburi Salmon Maki – seared salmon over beetroot, tobiko & spicy mayo and Kamo Nanban – soba noodles with roasted goosnargh duck served hot or cold.

Set across two floors, choose to be seated either in small intimate dining booths or at the
traditional wooden kappo counter to observe the chefs preparing each dish, food will be
served on handmade ceramic sharing plates for sushi, masu cups for sake and traditional
bowls for fresh noodle dishes. Handpicked by Gekkeikan, one of oldest sake companies in the world, a dedicated sake bar will be serving the best of Japanese sake, alongside seven limited edition sake-based cocktails devised by expert Japanese mixologists.

8 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BU
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For press enquiries and further information on Sakagura, please contact Lottie Dutton or Jessica Henley at Me:Mo Interactive: or @MemoInteractive Tel: +44 (0) 20 3651 5000

Notes to Editors

Tak Tokumine – Sakagura CEO
A successful entrepreneur and a key figure in the ethnic food market, Tak gained invaluable business skills working for his family’s steel mill in Fukuoka, before marrying and settling in the UK in 1975. From its beginning in 1976, Japan Centre has grown to become one of the most influential and well known Japanese stores in the UK and Europe.

Japan Centre
Japan Centre was established in 1976 as a Japanese bookshop and has grown to become one of the largest and most influential Japanese businesses in London. Japan Centre now includes a food hall, bakery, deli, restaurant, home-ware department and online store. Japan Centre’s mission is to offer a wide range of Japanese goods and products at the best quality and value. Japan Centre also owns Shoryu Ramen and Ichiryu Udon.

The Araki opened in London in 2014 by award winning Japanese chef and sushi master, Mitsuhiro Araki. Araki had previously run a restaurant in Tokyo called Araki for which he held three Michelin stars. The Araki specialises in Edomae Sushi – an authentic and traditional style of serving sushi first seen 200 years ago in the Edo period. In 2016 it was awarded two stars in the 2016 Michelin Guide for the UK and Ireland.

Gekkeikan is a Japanese manufacturer of sake and plum wine based in Fushimi, Kyoto, Japan. Founded in 1637 by Jiemon Ōkura, in Fushimi, it is one of the world’s oldest companies and is the chosen sake of Japan’s Royal Family.

Choya was founded in 1914, and is now the biggest producer of umeshu in the world. Choya’s mission is to produce and promote umeshu, using the finest natural ingredients without any artificial additives, colours or flavourings. To create this traditional Japanese liqueur, Choya only uses premium varieties of ume fruit, like the Nanko-ume, from Wakayama.

The Toridoll Corporation
The Toridoll Corporation is one of the leading companies in the global restaurant industry. Based in Japan, it currently operates over 1,000 restaurants, including Marugame Seimen, a chain of self serve udon restaurants, Toridoll Yakitori, Teriyaki Japan and Wok to Walk. Their mission is to bring Japanese hospitality and new restaurant concepts to the world.