Food with Japan400 Plymouth

So much more than sushi.

Experience the full variety and joy of Japanese cuisine as Japan400 Plymouth blends the flavours of the east with the bounty of the South West. 

While many are familiar with sushi and sukiyaki, recent years have seen the full breadth of Japanese cuisine appreciated globally – becoming known for its sumptuous flavours, entrancing traditions and exquisite designs, and its focus upon fresh, seasonal produce.

Seasonality sits at the heart of Japanese cuisine, with a core value being to make use of yama no sachi and umi no sachi - the ‘treasures of the mountains’ and the ‘treasures of the sea’.

While the South West may be a little short on mountains, there are few places in the United Kingdom that rival the region’s reputation for sea food…

Which is why we’ve joined Japan400 Plymouth with the city’s sea food festival!


The Japan Fair – Sutton Harbour & the Barbican, Plymouth
27 September (10.00-17.00; stalls continue to Sunday 28 September)
Free admission. No booking required.

  • Learn from the masters, with cooking demonstrations featuring celebrity chef Peter Gortonsushi chef Dan from Goto Sushi, and special guest Yoshinori Ishii of Michelin star restaurant Umu.
  • Visit the Japan400 Plymouth stall, situated at the corner of Quay Square facing The Clove, and sample varieties of Japanese sake brought to you by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
  • Taste for yourself a feast of Japanese flavours at various food stalls. 
  • Enjoy entertainment for the whole family in Quay Square, including:
    - the Homecoming of The Clove and official proceedings (13.00-14.00),
    - Hibiki Ichikawa playing the shamisen (three-stringed banjo) and Akari Mochizuki, traditional folk singer,
    Kagemusha Taiko drumming,
    - The Ronin-Kai Plymouth Kendo Club
    - Odoro! Dance! with the Cornwall and Devon Scouts.

Plymouth Seafood Festival 2014 – Sutton Harbour & the Barbican, Plymouth
27 – 28 September 10:00-17:00
Free admission. No booking required.

  • Sample and buy from market of specialist seafood stalls.
  • Discover more about the big blue with a sea-themed crafts and awareness area.
  • Pick up new skills at the Cookery Theatre on The Parade area of the Barbican, with local and regional chefs demonstrating seafood dishes.
  • Get the kids involved with puppet shows and face painting in Quay Square.

Yoshinori Ishii

Yoshinori Ishii is Executive Chef of the Michelin-starred Umu Restaurant in Mayfair. He’s passionate about the origin and presentation of his food, using his skills as a chef with his other skills as an accomplished fisherman, potter and calligrapher.

Find out more about Yoshinori Ishii