Hyper Japan returns to London in July 2018

Just one week to go until Hyper Japan 2018 - the UK's biggest J-culture event!  This year the festival is heading back to Olympia in Kensington, London and will run from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th July. 

For those not familiar with the event; Hyper Japan is a 3 day extravaganza celebrating all things Japanese, offering visitors the chance to immerse themselves in a variety of traditional and modern cultural activities, from fashion and cosplay parades to martial arts performances and sake tasting. This summer you can expect a fantastic line up on the main stage, including performances from the likes of Deadlift Lolita and London Blue. As if that wasn't enough, you'll also have the opportunity to taste test Japanese sweets, get cute in the kawaii area and have a go at the Bon-Odori dance!

Whether you're interested in traditional or pop culture (or both!) Hyper Japan is guaranteed to keep you entertained. Check out the full schedule on the Hyper Japan website.

The Sussex Bonsai Club 

The impressive martial arts demonstrations offer everything from kendo to choreographed karate

Music performances are featured on the main stage all weekend

Less Than Love performing live

If all things cute and colourful float your boat, then the Hyper Kawaii area is for you!

Everyone's favourite - fluffy alpacas

 The fashion show is always a popular part of the event

The fashion show is always a popular part of the event

Haruka Kurebayashi modelling her Dreamy Bows fashion collaboration and performing on stage 

Sink your teeth into a range of traditional Japanese food in the EAT Japan hall

 Watch demonstrations; here a vendor shows visitors how to prepare traditional green tea (matcha)

Watch demonstrations; here a vendor shows visitors how to prepare traditional green tea (matcha)

We can't wait to go back and see what this year's event brings.  Tickets can be purchased on the Hyper Japan website and we would strongly advise purchasing them in advance, as they have been known to sell out. 

We'll see you there!

 

Photos: Emily Valentine Photography