Simple Japanese Party Food and Drinks!

It’s mid-winter and very cold outside so it’s a great time to have a Japanese themed party with your friends inside a warm home. I live in the UK so everything in this blog post is available from the Japan Centre in London. You’ll be able to pick up most of these ingredients at your local supermarket or convenience store if you live in Japan. Whether you live in Japan or your home country, make sure you invite all your Japanese friends. They’ll love all the drinks and snacks on offer at your party. I think it’s important to stick to popular and much-loved favourites to make sure everyone enjoys the food.


There are lots of different drinks available in Japan but I think sake might be a bit strong for this kind of party so I’m recommending some lighter drinks. If you want to stick with the more popular beers buy a few bottles or cans of Kirin Ichiban Shibori Lager or Asahi Super Dry. I recommend umeshu (plum wine) for your guests who like sweeter alcoholic drinks, and Calpis or Melon soda for the kids.

KirinAsahiTakara plum wineMelon soda







Every good Japanese themed party should have a selection of sushi but this can be time-consuming and fiddly to make. Don’t worry, there’s a simple alternative: Salmon and tuna nigiri sushi are much easier to make than temaki and maki sushi. Watch this short instructional video by The Telegraph and you’ll have your nigiri sushi ready in about half-an-hour. Don’t forget to add 1 tablespoon of sushi rice vinegar to 250 grams of freshly cooked short grain steamed rice for an authentic taste.

Japan offers an incredible selection of savoury and sweet snacks you can buy in stores, from vending machines, and at train station kiosks all over the country and you can see a lot of these delicious delights have definitely been influenced by the Western world. The selection below is mostly old favourites you can buy in Japan but there are also some really tasty treats on the list you can get at the Japan Centre, such as the green tea & atzuki bean swiss roll and the cream breads. There are also lots of different variations of Pretz and Pocky in Japan. Almond Crush Pocky has been a firm favourite since its introduction in 1971 so I definitely had to include it here. Kitkats are obviously available worldwide but I recommend the matcha (green tea) version if you want to stick with the Japan theme.

I hope you enjoy all the scrumptious food in this blog post at your Japanese themed party. If you want to make your party even more authentic why don’t you greet your guests at your front door in a kimono? Don’t be afraid to encourage everyone to dress up and have fun!

Savoury Snacks

1. Wasabi peas
2. Pretz Tomato Pretzel Sticks
3. Nori Seaweed Rice Crackers
4. Nuts Aji Gonomi Savoury Mixed Snacks

wasabi peas

Pretz tomato

seaweed snacks

nuts savoury






Sweet Snacks

1. Pocky almond crush
2. Panda Chocolate cream biscuits
3. Meiji Kinoko No Yama (mountain mushroom shape) Chocolate Biscuits
4. Lotte Koala’s March Chocolate Cream Biscuits
5. Japan Centre Green Tea and Azuki Bean Swiss Roll
6. Japan Centre Hello Kitty Character Chocolate Cream Bread
7. Totoro cream bread
8. Matcha (green tea) kitkat






Hello Kitty Bread

Totoro bread




  • Iyasu Nagata says:

    Hi Renae,
    I enjoyed ‘The Lucky Bar in Nihonbashi’. Cheers~

  • kyohey says:

    I also like Kirin Ichiban Shibori Lager!!!

  • Michael says:

    Have you tried the Champagne Pocky yet?

  • Matt says:

    I also love to get Calpis sweets, plus yakisoka is great for sharing!

  • Jim says:

    Great party idea, and I really like the suggestion about sticking to popular foods so that everyone can enjoy them.

    Good to see Asahi beer get a mention too. It’s a firm favourite of mine!

    • Renae Lucas-Hall says:

      Thanks Jim! I don’t really like beer so I’d probably have plum wine and lots of sushi.

  • kyohey says:

    Meiji Kinoko No Yama is cute.
    My daughter likes it.

  • I love so many things about Japan as well, and would love to visit someday! I was fascinated by the books Shogun and Memoirs of a Geisha. Now, one of my favorite authors is Haruki Murakami. I even put a quote of his on my web site! Thank you for following me on Twitter!

  • I have a fondness for Japanese culture – it goes back to when I first read Shogun and then Memoirs of a Geisha. Now, I am a huge fan of Haruki Murakami and am currently reading Kafka on the Shore. I hope to visit Japan one day.

    • Renae Lucas-Hall says:

      Thank you for commenting! It’s nice to know you’re so interested in Japan as well. I’ve read a few of Murakami’s books and I can see why he’s so popular. I particularly enjoyed 1Q84. I prefer reading classic romances and I’ve written a contemporary romance novel called Tokyo Hearts: A Japanese Love Story. I’m currently reading The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu. This book tells such a beautiful story and it’s a timeless masterpiece that’s well-worth reading.

  • kiki says:

    メールありがとうございます^ ^
    きっと勝つ!と日本のげん担ぎです^ ^

    • Renae Lucas-Hall says:

      優しいコメントをありがとう! 桜が咲いているところを見てみたいな!

  • fred tom says:

    am really delighted with this, but i really say you can also try new things, but remember popular drinks are respected by people

  • Ronald Ivan says:

    It’s great to read about the real practices and modern cultures that are forming in Japan as opposed to the traditional celebrations that are televised. Nice work.