Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Hyper Japan and the Sushi Awards 2012
It's time for Hyper Japan 2012 - the UK's biggest celebration of J-Culture from Friday till Sunday at Earl's Court, London.
Kakkoii is the Japanese word for "cool", and it's fair to say that the line-up of food, events, entertainment, books and other goods on sale veers towards the kakkoii, and also the more familiar kawaii (meaning "cute").
The traditional side of Japan isn't neglected though, with stands of pottery, calligraphy, artwork and origami taking part.
Exhibitors I'll be taking a look at include Nintendo (who'll have exclusive 3DS downloadable content), Manga Entertainment, CyberCandy, Namco, Artbox and my beloved Doki Tableware.
Food and groceries will be available from the likes of the Japan Centre, Natural Natural, Minamato Kitchoan, So restaurant and Bento Ramen.
The 2012 Sake Awards and Sushi Awards will also be taking place at Hyper Japan.
For those Harajuku wannabes amongst you, there'll be showcases of the latest in Japanese street fashion - but there'll also be the chance to try on and buy traditional kimonos.
And to immerse yourself properly, there'll even be live music, film showings, autograph signings by J-Pop stars, and cosplay parades and contests.
Tour and travel companies will be on hand to help you plan a trip to the land of the Rising Sun itself.
I'll be going along on Sunday to support the restaurant Tsuru who are competing in the 2012 Sushi Awards. I may be dressed Goth Lolita style.
Tickets for all three days are available at http://www.hyperjapan.co.uk/tickets
Hyper Japan 2012
Friday 24, Saturday 25, Sunday 26 February
All photos except the Tsuru logo from Eat Japan/Cross Media