HYPER JAPAN 2014 Performers, Cosplay and F:east Japan / by Aisha Anime

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The excitement continues to build for this summer's HYPER JAPAN 2014! With new guests and exhibitors constantly being confirmed, we're now starting to put together a provisional main stage timetable, which you can see here. Masked Ninja HIROKI will be flipping, twirling and spinning his way onstage (fans of Ninjaman Japan will love this), while traditional Japanese stage arts meet modern choreography and production values with the DEN Entertainment show "The Sake".  

Hyper Japan willl have a very different meeting of cutting-edge tech and Japanese tradition in the form of Opera: AOI's debut, where synthesised singing gives voice to Bunraku puppetry. July's HJ will also feature the return of crowd-favourite "KimoCos" duo YANAKIKU to London! There's so much going on, and so much more to be added still, so as always, check out the website for the latest updates. 

Masked Ninja HIROKI, YANAKIKU and  AOI's debut

Masked Ninja HIROKI, YANAKIKU and  AOI's debut

Once again HJ is at the forefront of cosplay in the UK, and the gateway to the international stage! We're very excited to announce that we're hosting the UK preliminaries for the European Cosplay Gathering (ECG), a chance for UK cosplayers to win a place at the finals  at 2015's Japan Expo in Paris as well as a HJ prize bag.  For more casual cosplayers who still want to have their ensembles compete with their peers, there's also their own CosParade contest.

On top of the competitive fun, the cosplay area's getting a makeover to go with the move to Earls Court One. They've got a new-and-improved HYPER-OTACHIDAI stage area in the works, complete with photographers and lighting rigs, where we're organising group photoshoots and meets, you can check out the provisional timetable through the link. We look forward to seeing you among the cream of the UK's cosplay crop this summer! 

Hyper Japan's Cosplay group photo 

Hyper Japan's Cosplay group photo 

Visit F:EAST JAPAN 7 - 8 June & WIN A TRIP TO JAPAN


Saturday and Sunday 7th - 8th June sees Japan Centre Piccadilly taken over by F:east Japan, complete with delicious food stalls, free craft workshops, food demonstrations and a fantastic prize draw to win a trip for two to Japan courtesy of JAL and JRpass.com, as well as more fantastic prizes!


This two day celebration of all things Japanese is the perfect destination for anyone interested in Japanese food and culture, so make sure you write it in your diary in permanent marker now. There’ll be fantastic free tastings and festival stalls from great food producers such as Ajinomoto, Taywell, Itoen, Clearspring and more, as well as workshops by The Japan Society and JC Sushi Academy.

For more info see the F:east Japan website