Pop Up Japan at Proud East

Apr 11, 17 Pop Up Japan at Proud East

Last week I went to the launch of Pop Up Japan at Proud East. Proud East is perched on the towpath of Regent’s Canal in Dalston and is really such a lovely location. I love walking along the path, especially at sunset…

I was there for the the Japan pop up but Proud East is a pretty neat concept being a half indoors/half outdoor space. They have two little open air terraces, one of which is used to show movies weeknights and the other has tables and chairs for eating and drinking. There is also an area reserved for a DJ and pool tables to the left of the entrance. Upstairs they have a small video arcade which, at the moment features Japanese games.

Pop Up Japan features hands on workshops,and eclectic cinema from the not for profit, Nomad Cinema. Every Sunday to Wednesday they’ll be showing iconic Japanese films with all proceeds going to Save the Children Japan. The venue will also be hosting live music and DJ sets from some of Japan’s freshest artists.

There will also be sushi masterclasses on offer as well as Sake cocktail workshops.

sake and gin cocktail


The night I was there, they had a free Japanese whiskey tasting going on. The drinks menu also features cocktails made with Sake, Japanese whiskey and has a small list of Japanese craft beers.  The open plan kitchen will be taken over by well known Japanese restaurant, Tonkatsu. The menu features, fresh Gyoza, Chicken Kara-age and their signature dish, the flavoursome Ramen among other street dishes.

Chicken Kara-age in a bun

There will also be canal side, pop up market stalls, featuring Japanese fashion, homeware and crafts so you can take a piece of Japan home with you.Check out the Proud East website for more information and dates and times for the planned events going on there. Pop up Japan will run for the next 12 weeks so get down there before they pack up and head back to Japan.

whiskey tasting


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