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Hyper Japan London is a Japanese pop-culture event that blends fashion, art and music. This is not your average festival, but it does have all the hallmarks of one. There are plenty of attractions to explore, including workshops, exhibitions and delicious Japanese food to try out.

With fashion being one of the main themes at the festival, there are several catwalks that showcase up-and-coming Japanese designers.

There is also an abundance of cosplayers there to show off their creative outfits and interact with visitors. Celebrity appearances are not out of the ordinary at this festival; members from J-Pop bands perform on stage.

If you are looking for something a little bit different, why not try learning about the different aspects of Japanese culture. At Hyper Japan, there are workshops, such as origami and calligraphy, which you can sign up for and learn a new skill.

There is also an exhibition that shows off the different elements of traditional and modern pieces of art, and there is even a corner dedicated to J-Pop fashion.

If all these sounds a bit too quiet for you, there is an abundance of live entertainment to keep you occupied. Some workshops have their own mini-events that include dance routines and themed music.

What you Need to Know Before Attending Hyper Japan London

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London has its very own anime festival. Here’s everything you need to know before you go:

What is Hyper Japan?

Hyper Japan is the biggest Japanese culture event in Europe, with many stalls selling specialty foods and anime-related items, as well as lots of extra attractions.

There are workshops teaching you how to draw manga or dance like an idol, concerts on both days with acts ranging from rock bands to cute J-pop girls and boys, Japanese food stalls (some of which are vegetarian/vegan), cosplay competitions and fashion shows.

There is also a large gaming section where you can play various games on both current-gen consoles as well as older ones like the Megadrive or Gameboy. You’ll see people playing Street Fighter V to Mario Kart 64.

How much is it and where do I get tickets?

Ticket prices vary depending on when you buy them. For a full list of ticket types and prices, you can get check the official Hyper Japan website as well as other sites such as Eventbrite, Skiddle and See Tickets.

What is there to do at Hyper Japan?

This list doesn’t cover everything, but it’s the best of what I think will be most popular with people attending this year:

The main stage has panels on certain days where you can listen to experts talk about things such as ‘How to Get Started in Cosplay‘ or ‘Anime Games that are Worth Checking Out.’

There are also concerts on this stage on both days of Hyper Japan, with acts ranging from new J-pop artists to rock bands.

There are also interactive booths where you can explore virtual reality or draw your own manga, as well as video game arcades with prizes to be won.

The food hall is where you can try all sorts of Japanese food and snacks, including vegetarian/vegan options.

Possibly the most fun part is browsing all the stalls selling anime-related goods such as plushies, cosplay outfits and figures. You can also buy accessories such as jewelry or Japanese fans for keeping yourself cool in the summer heat.

If you’re into Japanese music, then there will be a large selection of CDs and DVDs available to purchase.

What is the ‘Cosplay Corner’?

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In the cosplay corner, everyone is welcome to show off their cosplay costumes and accessories. There will also be a designated area for you to take photos of all your friends, as well as a photo booth where you can get a free souvenir photo of yourself in costume.

7 Things to do Before You Go to Hyper Japan

There’s so much to enjoy at Hyper Japan-from, from the food to the fashion, it’s a cultural experience not to be missed. But before you go, make sure you do these seven things:

  • Sushi – The freshness and quality of the fish is a taste sensation you won’t forget, but make sure to try some hot food too.
  • Cosplay – A chance for even beginners to show off their costume-making skills. Award prizes are given out on the day! Come as your favorite character, or mix it up with an original outfit.
  • Competitions – Win prizes for things like best selfies, karaoke and much more.
  • Fashion – From anime prints to Lolita cuts, Hyper Japan has a look for everyone.
  • Shopping – Cosmetics, accessories and much more can be found in the shopping area. You’re bound to find something perfect!
  • Merchandise – From posters to bags games (both traditional and modern), there’s something for everyone to take home as a memory of Hyper Japan.
  • Stalls- The variety of the stalls is incredible! You can pick up traditional and modern chopsticks, kimonos, calligraphy sets and much more.

Hyper Japan is a unique event for those who love food and want to experience the best of Japanese culture. So, make sure you bring your camera with you, as there is no better chance to take home memories as well as gifts.

What to Expect

Hyper Japan is the largest celebration of Japanese culture in Europe. The festival takes place over three days and features everything from live music, fashion shows, food stalls, anime screenings and cosplay competitions.

There’s also a J-Rock event taking place where you can enjoy live music from bands. Aside from all the J-culture, Hyper Japan is a great opportunity to explore some of London’s top attractions.

The festival takes place in the 1,800 capacity Tobacco Dock, which is about a 15-minute walk from Wapping tube station. There will be a number of shopping discounts as well as prize giveaways.

The event organizers also suggest buying an Oyster card before you go, if possible. If you’re looking for somewhere to relax, there’s a Japanese garden occupying the middle floor of the Tobacco Dock that offers some beautiful views.

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