The UK’s biggest Japanese culture event–Hyper Japan Christmas–just took place in Tobacco Dock last Friday, attracting thousands of Japanese culture lovers.
Hyper Japan is a festival providing different Japanese workshops as well as live shows such as Japanese band music, the ‘cosplay’ competition, appealing to all Japanese culture lovers in UK. The event has been held in London every year since 2010.
This year’s festival was scheduled over three days (24-26 November 2017). The price of tickets differed on each of the three days, and all the information related to the festival was published on Hyper Japan’s website more than half a month before it started. This year’s site had two floors and provided more activities for visitors.
Compared with previous years, there were more events and kinds of food this year. The local primary school students doing Japanese storytelling, which was shown on the first day of the festival, is novel and eye-catching for many Japanese lovers coming here. In addition, the ‘cosplay’ competition, a contest in which visitors compete to imitate animation characters’ costumes, is a popular event in Hyper Japan, when many Japanese culture lovers wear their favorite clothes which imitate animation characters’ dressing, gather together and share their feelings about Hyper Japan. It was again popular this year.
A Japanese musician who did poetry and electronic music came here to London as well, and gave all lovers of Japan a musical feast on Sunday morning. She also sang her own music for all WestminsterWorld readers.
[Audio: Jasmine Zhao]
Some Japanese culture lovers have been to the festival three times. They told WestminsterWorld that they are amazed each year at Hyper Japan’s new events and the increasing kinds of Japanese food. People coming here for the first time also said they are very content with the festival.
[Audio: Jasmine Zhao]
Hyper Japan is a really great opportunity for all the hidden Japanese culture lovers to gather together and share their ideas. With around one thousand Japanese culture lovers gathering here in London, it is also evident how Japanese culture is having an impact on the British, especially on all the young Londoners.