Kawaii Lovers and Japanese enthusiasts everywhere, it’s finally that time of year again – the Hyper Japan Festival is fast approaching! This years action-packet festival takes places over the 15-17th of July at the Olympia in London.
For those of you not in the know, Hyper Japan hosts two events a year – the festival that takes place in the summer and the market which takes place in the winter. Both events are dedicated to Japan and cover tradition, culture, j-fashion, cosplay, live performers, workshops, shopping and more.
This years event will see the famous songstress Azumi Inoue take to the stage on Friday and Saturday 1! Known for her work on Studio Ghibli favourites such as MyNeighbour Totoro and Laputa: Castle in the sky, you’ll definitely not want to miss this!
Japanese foods will be on available once again at the food court serving yakisoba, okonomiyaki and takoyaki to name but a few, they’ll also be, some special summer additions too. (I’m personally hoping they’ll be taiyaki again!) You’ll also be able to find the ever popular Sake experience and plenty of on stage demonstrations and interesting workshops to take part in.
The Anime and game park will once again be offering up a taste of the styles, hobbies and interests of the youth of Japan – Hyper Game & Anime park offers a dedicated otaku area for all your gaming, anime and cosplay needs! If you’re looking for an action figure or maybe a new RPG, you’ll be sure to find it here. Some of the biggest names in the gaming industry will presenting their latest offerings for you to take advantage of!
Fashion and Kawaii lovers won’t be disappointed as the Kawaii shopping bonanza is returning for 2016! Featuring more stores than your credit card can handle, you’ll find offerings from popular stores such as Tofu Cute, Dreamy Bows and Love Jo-Jo to name but a few. They’ll also be a J-fashion show on both the Saturday and Sunday to allow everyone to experience the wide range of Japanese street fashions.
For those who want to experience the more traditional side of Japan, you’ll be pleased to know that Hyper Japans Culture Area will be showcasing stalls on traditional arts, clothing, technology and travel.
If you’re planing a trip to Japan in the not to distant future, I’d recommend speaking to some of the travel experts at Hyper Japan, who’ll be able to help you with your questions.
Cosplay is back yet again with a funfair everyone COSParade during the 2nd session on the Saturday and the competitive COSTest on the Sunday. (If you wish to enter the COSTest or COSParade, you’ll need to download the application form from the Hyper Japan website).
Fancy taking part in a traditional Japanese craft class? Then Hyper Japan is for you – This summer you can take part in Hariko doll making, Otedama beanbag making, Kitsune Mask painting, Kokeshi Doll painting, Tsunami flower making, Chigirie fan decoration, Temari embroidery, Yubinuki thimble rings or Hashi-Oki chopstick rest making – all require a small payment to cover material costs – you can find more information/costs/timings on these on the Hyper Japan website.
Hyper Japan’s summer festival promises to be a fun and interesting day out for all of those with a love of kawaii or for those who’d like to know more about Japan and personally I can’t wait to go! (I’ll be in attendance on the Friday).
Will you be attending Hyper Japan? What are you most looking forward too? Let me know in the comments below.
Ta-ta for now,