If you have even the slightest leanings towards being an otaku ie Japanese geekdom, you absolutely have to go to Hyper Japan Christmas this weekend. Even if you haven't, it's a wonderful day out anyway.
I went to the Spring Hyper Japan event in February, and it's the closest I've come to feeling like I was actually in Tokyo - the clothes (and that includes the visitors), the shops, the food, the games.
|Me, S and a Panda|
There are street fashion shows, martial arts and technology displays, sushi workshops, sake tastings, music and film showings and even a cosplay parade.
Hyper Japan definitely tends towards the trendy side of Japan, although there is also traditional food, drink and even beautiful pottery.
The pictures I took will explain better. Just go and immerse yourself in Japanese culture!
|The debut of Ittenbari Ramen|
|Japanese sweets including Strawberry and Green Tea Mochi|
|I have no idea|
|Gothic Lolita Cakes|
|Manga Books, Magazines, Fashion, Anime, J-Pop ...|
|Okonomiyaki on a Stick!|
|Gaming Arcade with the latest from Nintendo and Sega|
|Street food stalls selling tempura, ramen, okonomiyaki, takoyaki, donburi and more|
|Choco-Banana with sprinkles|
|More Okonomiyaki and Tempura Prawns|
|Cookery demo and workshop|
|Kakigori - Shaved Ice|
|The majestic Tony Tony Chopper from ONE PIECE|
Hyper Japan runs from this Friday to Sunday (23-25 November) at Earl's Court, London.
- Tickets are £12 here (on the Door £15)
- Late afternoon Ticket is £6 here (on the door £10)
- Guests are listed here.
- Stage Timetables here.
- Full Exhibitors list here, including my favourites Doki Tableware, Nintendo, TOEI, NHK, Tofu Cute and Japan Centre.
- Book for the Samurai Sword Workshop here.
- Book for the Sushi Workshop here.