Hyper Japan showcases the very best of Japanese culture, fashion and food under one roof in London. Whether you are a fan of the anime or simply love a good Japanese yakisoba, this event is for you.
Going to Hyper Japan has become a tradition of mine. I attend twice a year, every year, just because it is such a happy and feel good occasion. For those of you who don’t know, Hyper Japan is a festival which celebrates all things Japan. From the culture, music to the fashion and food, there is something for everyone and each year, it is getting better and better.
This year, it was held at Kensington Olympia and it did not disappoint. Stretched across the whole arena, both floors, Hyper Japan had a huge variety of things to see and do. On entry, I went to the UK Bonsai Association stand where I saw the incredible Bonsai trees on display which are lovingly maintained with such intricate workmanship. Crafts were on hand to teach visitors to learn calligraphy and make their own Japanese toys.
You can’t go to Hyper Japan and not talk about the anime, manga and overall, gaming culture. They had a Akhihabara section, named after the gaming district in Japan, where you had the likes of Nintendo showcasing some of their newest games on the market.
Hyper Kawaii was also present in all of its candyfloss coloured glory with an outfit for everyone. I loved the Harajuku inspired stalls selling some of the cutest outfits, including pink tutus and powerpuff girls hoodies. They also had a more traditional Japanese fashion stand selling the most exquisite kimonos and silk jackets.
My absolute favourite sections this year was Eat Japan Live,which was an entire food section dedicated to Japanese food. Whether it was noodles or dumplings, to a super sweet bubble wrap, it is the most delicious part of the show and the food is worth queuing up for. This year, there was a live food demonstration section which had live chefs dishing up Japanese dishes and teaching the audience as they went along.
Hyper Japan was fantastic as usual and I loved visiting the show and reminiscing about my trip to Japan earlier this year. If you want see what I got up to in Japan, see here.