Yes, once again it’s time for the UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese culture, Hyper Japan, a mad mix of food, fashion, gaming, music and cosplay that lets you experience the latest Japanese trends before they hit these shores. This year for the first time it’s going to be at the O2 in Greenwich, starting on Friday 10th July and running all weekend. Here’s little preview of what to expect. Continue reading
Hyper Japan is is the biggest show of Japanese goods and culture in the UK, and this year we’ve got an extra dose of it in the Hyper Japan Christmas Market at Kensington Olympia. (Not Earl’s Court like the main show – boy, am I glad I checked the location before I set out.) It’s got everything you expect from Hyper Japan – games, cosplay, sake, martial arts, J-pops and a whole lot more, including an incredible range of ideas for presents for the Japanophile in your life. Want to know what I picked? Read on. Continue reading
If it’s July it must be time for Hyper Japan, London’s biggest Japanese pop culture show. Once again it’s at Earl’s Court, but bigger, better and taking over the main hall for the first time. Which is great, except it makes it much harder to bring you the flavour of this varied and popular show. But I’ll give it a go. Continue reading
Hyper Japan is billed as the UK’s biggest J-culture event and I’m certainly not going to disagree with that. It’s on for three days (today, Sunday 28th July is the final day) at Earl’s Court 2. I went along on Friday to see what all the fuss is about. Continue reading
For the past three days the cavernous space of Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre has been transformed into a cutesy-quirky pink’n’fluffy sweet and cuddly fantasy kingdom. Welcome to kawaii-land, home of lacy petticoats, furry animals and rainbow hair. No, it’s not for children, it’s for grown-up girls who like to dress up like Alice in Wonderland with added bling. Continue reading
Lolita fashion is that oh-so-sweet little-girl-in-a children’s-picture-book way of elaborate dressing-up that originated in Harajuku in Tokyo and has spread round the world. Japan Matsuri in October had a Lolita fashion display by the Tea Party Club and Hyper Japan, coming up at Earls Court from 23-25 November, promises us a Kawaii style fashion show including Sweet and Classic Lolita fashion, Wa-Lolita, Kawaii Kimono style, Gal, Pop-Kei (including fairy -kei), and Pastel Goth.
Confused? Not to worry. The V&A have a small but very focused Lolita fashion exhibition called Kitty and the Bulldog which will help you get a grip. Continue reading