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KYARY PAMYU PAMYU Performing in London! by Aisha Anime

Kyari

Please note, this show is 14+ (under 16s must be accompanied by someone who's 18 or over).

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu who hit stardom with her first single 'PonPonPon' in 2011, has already done two world tours and is returning to London after popular demand. Our kawaii Queen has since brought out three albums, been featured on the cover of 'Dazed and Confused'.

Tickets for this show are available from the box office at the venue at face value if you pay in cash. Please note promoters may increase ticket price if purchased on the night. Please note, you may be required to have your ID scanned at the front door.

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Camcon 2014 by Aisha Anime

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Camcon stands for ‘Cambridge Convention’ this is one of the smaller cons which is totally independent and run by Ziggy, Andy, Ian and a few more people who get together to pull off a con to showcase Cambridge's finest merchants, artist and aswell as Londoners. This is the first Camcon I have attended and it’s a one day event with parties beginning the Friday night before. Hosted by the Junction an arts and music venue in Cambridge, it has a really student feel as it is situated in the Cambridge Leisure Park Complex with lots of food options at your feet. The event also sold out before the day so house over 2,000 people.

One of the most highly anticipated events was the Cosplay masquerade where people got on stage and performed skits and the room it was housed in was a large lecture hall, the room was brimming with people taking up all the seats and standing.

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Also in the same room were the panels I particularly enjoyed finding out about getting geek culture into the media from the ‘Let The Geek Out’ which is a radio show, the only FM radio show that broadcasts about geek-culture exclusively and music and the hosts talked about it followed by a Q&A. Loved learning about the opportunities due to my own podcast Otaku Nation.

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The dealers rooms were split into two, one outside in a marquee and the second was the main stage area, where you had the auction happening on stage whilst you shopped around at Niche Comics for manga (i picked myself up a bargain Moomin plushie) or got a self portrait from Clover Lee, artist.

In the evening there was an hour where attendees left the building so sellers could pack up then the shopping area became a nice vast space area for people to watch and dance. Saw the performer Himezawa on stage dancing to Kyari Pamyu Pamyu and anime tracks, she debuted in the UK at London Anime Con talking about her cosplays and time at ECG.  She announced on stage she will be going to Japan in Oct to pursue a modelling career.

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After a questionable comedian who said an array of sexist and racist comments boiling the blood of attendees near me was glad to have seen lab coat clad ‘All We Earthlings’ (alternative rock band) who formed in 2011 and performed previously at Comcon. They had a great rock vibe to them and lead vocals were superb. Definitely check this guys out ! Upstairs was another private bar where the karaoke was being held you could belt your heart out on some 80’s pop or metal classics in groups or solo. Lots of people were queuing up to have a go (all free of course).

A great day for anime fans or just a family day out it was all family friendly, people were more than willing to stop and pose for Cosplay photos. Staff and volunteers were very helpful and the organisation was spot on. Only thing is we need a even bigger room for the Cosplay masquerade! Find more photos of the event in my albumhttps://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.704440536277064.1073741845.554115554642897&type=3&uploaded=23
 

~Aisha Anime

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Okinawa Day 2014 by Aisha Anime

Flyers of the event

Flyers of the event

A friend of mine asked me if I was free 21st June to go to Okinawa day. this was something I had never heard of of. Okinawa is a prefecture made up of thousands of islands, south of Kyushu. The largest Island is named Okinawa Shima, or Okinawa Island, the mission of Okinawa Association U.K and London Okinawa Sanshinkai who organise the event is to promote Okinawan culture further in the U.K in order to strengthen our existing relationship between the U.K and Okinawa.

This event has occurred annually since 2009 in the Uk and they hope to strengthen the relationship between the UK and Okinawa through the annual events. They also encourage more and more U.K audiences to participate in future Okinawa related events and to create an Okinawa cultural hub in the UK. 

This particular Okinawa day is before the 23rd June which is a memorial day in Okinawa to commemorate the final battle day where more than 200.000 lives were lost at the end of WWll. 

Okinawa Day was held outside at Spittlefield market in London to celebrate Okinawan culture with a variety of events. They demonstrate the spirit of Uta-no-hi (A day of Songs) started in Okinawa in 2001 by BEGIN, a popular blues band. Uta-no-hi's purpose is to appreciate and celebrate Uta (Songs) which bring joy to their lives as well as to help overcome the hardships of life. 

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We had a great demonstration of Okinawan dancing with drummers and they even did a workshop to show audience members how to do the dance and drum.It was great to see a huge range of people in the audience from young children to the older generation coming to learn and immerse themselves in the culture

So we had a variety of singers perform folk songs, Jpop songs and had a great ensemble with Hide the Guitar player with Hibiki the top Shamishen player in the UK and Akari singing her harmonious melodies.

We also had some live Karete demonstrations which showed stances with different weapons and also a display of strength with the demonstrators withstanding bamboo sticks.

Hide, Akari and Hibiki

Hide, Akari and Hibiki

Amongst the entertainment they also had delicious food on sale including Nice Ice - perfect for the hot weather, Taponyaki (octopus balls) and even a Tea ceremony demonstration for people to participate it. 

Alongside the food they had lots of stalls selling merchandise including key rings, fans, plushes, flower headbands and a few travel agents including Japan Journey's offering bespoke holidays to suit your interests at reasonable prices. Why not indulge in a manga orientated tour ? Go to http://www.japanjourneys.co.uk/site/ for more information on planning your perfect Japanese holiday.

Poppy Daisy Handmade Flower Headbands 

Poppy Daisy Handmade Flower Headbands 

Poppy Daisy Handmade Flower Headbands happened to have been set up in the area where lots of ladies and children jumped at the chance to adorn their heads in flowers. She sold flower headbands, clips anything to do with flowers. Selling them for six years, the owner is from Sweden, where it is traditional to use flowers in celebrations. Buy some of her creations online from poppydaisy.com  as well as popping into Spittlefield market on a Saturday.

It was a great family day out and entry was free!

~Aisha Anime ~

For more photos of the event go here:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.658360670885051.1073741836.554115554642897&type=3

For more information on the organisations involved or the day itself go to:

http://www.okinawaday.org.uk/

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