This month we’ll be at Hyper Japan at Earls Court in London, a show about Japanese culture with Japanese food, music, fashion, anime, manga, martial arts and everything kawaii. If you’re interested in Japanese culture, this is the show for you. Bring your camera as you’ll be sure to see lots of lolitas and amazing outfits inspired by Japanese fashion. If dressing up’s not for you, you won’t feel out of place at all – everyone is welcome and there’s a much wider range of ages than our other shows, including lots of families.
We’ll be in the Hyper Kawaii fashion section, on the right hand side of the hall when you go in. Here’s the floor plan so you can find us:
As well as the fashion area, there are sections for anime and gaming, Japanese culture, a new Fringe Market and the all-important Japanese food stalls, organised by Eat Japan. There’ll be martial arts demonstrations, workshops and Hyper Japan always has an impressive stage programme.
This year we’re looking forward to Siro-A, after discovering them at Hyper Japan last year and going to see their London show. They blew us away with their visual performance, combining theatre, music and projection – different from most other shows and absolutely stunning.
We’re also excited about Broken Doll, a band from Shimokitazawa in Tokyo, who we discovered when we had a stall next to JPU Records. They played their CD constantly all weekend, and we didn’t get sick of their music – in fact we bought a copy! As well as playing great music (punky j-rock with female vocals), the band look amazing and embody Harajuku style – think bright colours and giant bows. They’ll also be playing at the Hyper Japan after party – we can’t wait!
Cakes with Faces at Hyper Japan
The Cakes with Faces stall be in the Hyper Kawaii area with our colourful t-shirts inspired by Japanese design, watches, art prints, hair accessories, charms and our How to Make Sushi comic book. Come and meet us and get your prints signed by the artist! Remember if you’re not coming to the show, you can order everything from our online shop.
The show’s held over 3 days – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and you can get tickets for single days or the whole weekend. This year it’s organised slightly differently, with two sessions on the Saturday, so check the details of opening times on Hyper Japan’s website. Last year there were large queues to get in, so make sure you arrive in good time (and bring your Nintendo DS to keep you entertained!). If you’re not a fan of crowds, Friday is usually quieter than the weekend. Advance tickets are available on the Hyper Japan website.
See photos of last year’s show in our blog post – it was a great weekend and we had an exciting celebrity customer….
See you there!