If you're a fan of Japanese food, fashion, art, books, film, music, pottery, video games, technology or culture, or interested in visiting the land of the rising sun for yourself, Hyper Japan
is the event for you.
Starting next Friday and on till Sunday at Earls Court, it's a huge showcase of all things Japanese, but with a definite slant towards to popular culture, although traditional Japan is well represented too
Each year is bigger and better - you can attend the Sushi Awards
and the Sake Experience
, sing along to a J-Pop concert
, and even watch a bunraku puppet opera
starring the legendary Vocaloid.
There are also smaller events running each day where you can learn to make sushi, watch a sword fight, see geisha dance, try calligraphy or origami, or download new video games for your DS
You cam also stuff yourself silly with all the gorgeous food on offer, and load up on all things kawaii
at Hyper Kawaii or uniquely Japan at the Hyper Fringe Market
One of the best things to do is gawk at the amazing cosplayers
or you can join in the fun yourself like I did.
Children under 10 go free with a paying adult - I'm taking my daughter with me.
Tickets cost £12 in advance here, or £15 on the door, main stage schedules here.
Friday 25 - Sunday 27 July 2014
|More crockery from Doki|
|Siro-A - a bit like the Blue Man Group|
|Japanese Street Food galore|
|Japanese Cookery Demos|
|J Books and Magazines|
|The Nintendo 3DS Zone|
|Traditional Japanese clothing eg Haori and Yukata (both types of kimono) |
|Neko! (cute kitty cats)|
|Japanese Confectionary = crazy Kit Kats|
|Maybe I should have helped this man|
|She seems jolly|