Japan will be extending a warm “Thank You” to the world from their base at London County Hall during the Olympics. We will be live blogging from the Japan Arigato House and have all the essential information you need to plan your visit below:
Thursday, 9 August
2:42 p.m. Visitors today can see a Japanese Origami show today free of charge.
2:17 p.m. The beer here is £4.30 for a pint of Asahi and there is a raffle at 3 o’clock! There is also a great bar area to enjoy views of the river.
2:15 p.m. The sun is out here at the Japan Arigato House, down by the riverside in the shadow of the London Eye. Come see part of London’s beauty.
Open for 15 days from July 28 to August 11, the free entry event aims to say “Arigato” to nations who offered help and support following last year’s earthquake and tsunami. The house, located on the South Bank, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. and is easily accessible from Westminster and Waterloo Tube stations.
The Japanese have a host of exhibitions inside including the “Arigato” movies and photos displays which will show the reconstruction of the Tohoku region and how Japan has grown after the disaster. Videos will also express the country’s thanks in 83 languages to those who helped Japan rebuild itself. Stage performances of classical dance, Manga animation and traditional songs will run through the day from 11 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. One highlight is the famous Kamikiri (paper trick) show. There will also be a market where yo can buy some fantastic Japanese designer fits, a sake bar (organize by ex-footballer Hidetoshi Nakata), and a mini-fete where you can play ring toss and fishing.
Heading to the beer terrace will give visitors an opportunity to sample Japanese dishes and beer with a fantastic view of the Thames right alongside the London Eye. Asahi is £4.30 for a pint or £3.80 for a bottle. If you are feeling hungry later on you, can enjoy some delicious Japanese Restraunt Ozu.