Happy Sunday! Today’s post is a little different, but Hyper Japan truly inspired me. I went in 2012 with friends to this awesome celebration of all things Japanese, and this year I was so happy to return, this time as press! Held at the o2 in London, this convention has everything all under one roof – games, harajuku, j-pop, traditional trinkets and yummy treats. It’s not just clichéd stuff though, and as much as I’m more a casual observer of this fascinating culture, there are so many attendees who live and breathe all things East Asian, from all walks of life. Here are some of the sights I saw!
Wow… just wow. Some people here looked SO awesome and made such an effort. I won’t pretend to know which people were cosplaying and which people were just adopting Japanese culture, but people went all out and looked FABULOUS either way. Here are some of my faves from the day…
Want to look this awesome? These girls sell wigs so you actually can! Check out their site – it’s called Pastel Doll!
This woman was also an exhibitor! Her stall was so cute, check out her Etsy!
Have you ever had a Purple Sweet Potato Kit Kat? Or a Green Tea flavor? Or Strawberry Cheesecake, or Wasabi? I have! Hyper Japan sells them all. Sushi Noms is an incredible little boutique selling all kinds of cutesie things and sweeties imported direct from Japan.
An old friend of mine, Dominic, and his identical twin brother run the store, and they do a great job of it. They were super busy!
Whilst we are on the subject of food and snacks, these Onigiri looked awesome. I didn’t try any (I don’t like tuna), but with salmon I bet they’d be delicious! On the stand it said “America has burgers, Europe has sandwiches, Japan has ONIGIRI!”. They looked like a cross between a sandwich and sushi.
I also saw this fun little food truck selling Sushi… awesome!
I saw soooo many cute little things around the festival, from trinkets through to wigs, to games to musical performances. I’d recommend checking it out to anybody! I only wish I’d seen some more of the displays for myself, but I didn’t stay the whole day…
If you want to experience Hyper Japan for yourself, you can – yay! They’re running a Christmas Market in a few months, so be sure to grab your tickets while you can!
*I want to thank Hyper Japan for inviting me down – my entry was free but opinions and photos were my own… in all their terrible quality glory!