Aisha Anime Interviews Yano Anna by Aisha Anime

Reporter Aisha Anime Interviews Yano Anna (model/artist) at Christmas Market Hyper Japan 2014

Filmed by League of Extraordinary Cosplayers

Edited by Luke Derbyshire

Hyper Japan Summer 2014 by Aisha Anime

I'm just too kawaii for Tomb Raider

I'm just too kawaii for Tomb Raider

Welcome to Hyper Japan a convention dedicated to all things Japanese! The line ups were bigger and better with so much to pack into the timetables I wish I could split into two to watch everything. Here are some of the highlights I was lucky to catch at Earl's Court:

Vocaloid Opera Aoi with Bunraku Puppets premiered their film on screen at Hyper Japan and I caught up with the team at the weekend. The director explained they finished putting it all together on the friday the day before the screening! It was all a team effort from Chihiro (voice actress of the Vocaloid database) for months of recording her voice to the puppeteers which were three per ;puppet to the composer creating the original music. One of the important questions was:

Why is this debuting as pre recorded film rather than a live show?

“Advantage of the film is that we can look close up to the puppets themselves. If we preformed on stage, you can’t see the face and the small, subtle movements of the puppets and  the face since it’s far away... Also, video is portable, easy to display & distribute to many people and we want many people to watch.” 

Vocaloid Opera Aoi team, Mr Director loved my Lolita outfit ^_^

Vocaloid Opera Aoi team, Mr Director loved my Lolita outfit ^_^

For more information on Vocaloid Opera Aoi with Bunraku Puppets go to their website.

I caught up with the ASOBISYTEM models in colaboration with Moshi Moshi Nippon including twin sensations and Yura to find out there favourite fashion styles. Surprisingly the twins absolutely love British vintage fashion and love to base their outfits around that theme. On the other-hand Yura preferred to base her outfit around her shoes. There are significant differences between Japanese and British fashion when I asked what did the ladies wear they look puzzled and explained they could wear what they wanted from a certain designer for themed shoots and there was never a restriction on what they did with their hair ie. cutting it short or doing pig tails they could also choose to wear natural or over the top makeup at their own desecration.

Asobisystem models

It was amazing to see the ladies strut their stuff on stage and alongside some British hopefuls, one of which chosen was our very own Himezawa the aspiring German model and cosplayer. She was very exciting to be walking alongside the pros and wore some exclusive items she'd seen in magazines - my personal favourite was the Sailor Moon themed outfits ! The catwalk occurred three-four times each day with lots of different outfit themes.

The models are wearing Sailor Moon themed outfits for this particular show

The models are wearing Sailor Moon themed outfits for this particular show

One had to drop by the Broken Doll stall after they started talking to the public on facebook, the friendliest band ever. Ken from Broken Doll even made all the merchandise to sell, super kawaii jewelry alongside their CD's. Ken told me that their gig the previous night at Namco Funscape courtesy of Japan Underground was a roaring success.  I then proceeded to fire kami hami's at the other band members who fan boyed over my Dragon Ball Z cosplay of Femme Gohan. 

Broken doll hype

Sadly I missed YanaKiku's performance on stage but they waved me down at the fringe area as they recognised the Japanese character on my cosplay saying 'Grandson' they proceeded to make a calligraphy gift for me. It was an absolute honour to meet the friendly duo and they were more than happy to talk to me about anime ! Seriously they sing, draw, have great personalities I wonder what else they can suprise their fans with next !


Karaoke was a serious thing at Hyper Japan especially when tickets to Japan were at stake - enthusiasts to youtubers battled to get picked and win the glorious tickets. NHK World certainly got a huge buzz at their stall with that alone without having Mr Domo Kun prancing around having his digital self captured on cameras or the just the good old fashioned the massive mascot.

Karaoke: Kelsey gives it her all to win the tickets to Japan

Karaoke: Kelsey gives it her all to win the tickets to Japan

After grabbing some delicious salmon curry from Sushi & Friends which you can order online  I declared myself king of the feylines and poogies on the Monster Hunter chair (which Capcom kindly brought with props for people to pose at) and on my way to leave caught the last performance of the electric Shiro-A. 

Shiro A demonstrating their music based performances, touring around London in Novemebr

Shiro A demonstrating their music based performances, touring around London in Novemebr

This year's Hyper Japan had such a wide variety of entertainment I spent most of my time on my feet admiring the fashion, listening attentively to the new and familar music. HJ also introduced a few new things too with their massive stalls sections separated into fringe and normal.  Looking forward to the Christmas Market edition of

For more photos go to my page ~ Aisha Anime
Hyper Japan Friday Album 

HYPER KAWAii!! by Aisha Anime

Hyper Japan Kawaii models

Bigger and better than before, this year Hyper Japan have an entire HYPER KAWAii!! area dedicated to the best of Japanese street fashion!

What is Kawaii?

“Kawaii” is a word with wide and varied meaning! In modern Japanese, the word kawaii means “cute,” “adorable,” or “loveable,” with undertones of a certain innocence, but kawaii as a concept is much broader than the English word “cute” suggests; it’s been said that the definition of kawaii has grown as other desirable attributes have become “kawaii” by extension.

In the context of Japanese street fashion, it has come to encompass the terms “cool,” “stylish,” and “lovely,” and is an all-purpose compliment about someone’s style or appearance. Here at HYPER JAPAN we like to think of “kawaii” fashion as being any kind of alternative look that’s Cool, Creative, Cute and Crazy!

Kyari Pamyu Pamyu

Kyari Pamyu Pamyu

What’s Harajuku Kawaii!!?

Harajuku Kawaii!! is the name of ASOBISYSTEM’s fashion projects and cultural events, drawn from the best of Tokyo’s street styles. Named for the district of Tokyo which is the centre of their street fashion culture, Harajuku Kawaii!! is going on a world tour in 2014, starting with HYPER JAPAN in London!

ASOBISYSTEM-affiliated Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is an official “Harajuku Kawaii Ambassador,” a former-blogger turned Youtube star and professional fashion model for Harajuku magazines. Referred to as “Japan’s Lady Gaga,” Kyary is the subject of much media coverage.
Harajuku Kawaii!! stars at HYPER KAWAii!!


HYPER KAWAii!! at this summer’s HYPER JAPAN will be your chance to meet some of Japan’s top Harajuku models and Kawaii performers! More details can be found here.

hj models

HYPER KAWAii!! Stage

The “Harajuku Kawaii!!” show, huge in Japan, is now touring all over the world; This time brings it to the UK, at HYPER JAPAN 2014!

Our dynamic event will feature a number of popular Japanese models, and even our UK audience can join in as part of HYPER JAPAN x HARAJUKU KAWAii!! = HYPER KAWAii!!. There’ll be catwalk action and fashion shows running at all times throughout the whole of HYPER JAPAN in the HYPER KAWAii!! area. Will they feature Kimonos? Harajuku style? Stay tuned for announcements of what we’ll have on-stage at HYPER JAPAN 2014’s HYPER KAWAii!! to find out!

KAWAii!! Shopping and more!

HYPER JAPAN 2014′s HYPER KAWAii!! area will be jam-packed with all the stalls, areas and shows that you’ve come to expect, dedicated to one of Japan’s most exciting exports: amazing, inspiring, fun and colourful street fashion. Dress up in your finest and join the party, including:

  • Fashion stalls
  • Incredible hair and make-up inspiration
  • Stylish shopping opportunities
  • Fashion and Cosplay photobook!

kawaii lookbook

At this summer’s bigger, better HYPER JAPAN, they are making a big deal out of cosplay and Kawaii Fashion than usual. So much so that we want to immortalise the fashion and cosplay highlights in print for you, the community, to enjoy!

HYPER will be a full-colour photobook, featuring both the cream of the crop of images taken by our professional photographers, as well as the best submissions from our community, as submitted by our social media. We’ll be sharing more details, including what can be submitted and how, a little nearer to the event!

transform from normal day to Harajuku

transform from normal day to Harajuku