sushi

Japan Day 2014 by Aisha Anime

cosplay left.jpg

After much pony loving at Buck 2014, Manchester is the place to be and Bank holiday Monday at the Midland's Hotel was home to Japan Day this year. This event was completely free and hosted by Japan North West society with help with the London Japan Society.

Upon walking inside you were greeted by the bright lights and amazing tree in the middle of the foyer creating a great backdrops for photos. The staff at the Midland's hotel were exceedingly helpful and even took some coats into their cloakroom to help the cosplayers. 

tree

Upon passing the info desk and cosplay registration, past that takes you to the martial arts demonstration room, where a heated kendo match ensued, with tables at the back laden with different types of weapon and armour for people to look at. Shortly after an authentic tea ceremony took place. Where a audience member sat and received tea made in a stylish and methodical way. You would have to wait a while for this cuppa ! Six lucky members also got to partake in the ceremony for only £2 per person.

samurai

We also had the lucky opportunity to listen to Rakugo Comic Storytelling by Katsura Sunshine. A 400-year-old tradition of comic storytelling told my Canadian comedian in a Kimono kneeling on a cushion who literally converses with himself. What really struck me was he was teaching us about Japanese etiquette at the same time. There wasn't a single member of the audience who was not laughing. Mr Sunshine will be touring the UK check out  his page for more info: http://katsurasunshine.com/

sunshine


If you ventured to the right of the main hall you would find the dealers room where a huge array of Japanese merchandise was on offer from cosplay outfits and Japanese fashion from Manchester's store Tokyo Royale to traditional Geisha head pieces from Kikuya Kanzashi.

There was also an abundance to art - especially from deviant art artist Kidura who was donating all her profits to charity, a Japanese manga artist was showcasing her art, Japanese Railway Society, Northern To-ken and the Ningyo (dolls) were bewitching making me reminisce of my JRPG survival games. If you also wanted to you could try on a Japanese Kimono for free and wear it throughout the day.

A lot of people simply came to watch the Cosplay contest where a lot of entries graced the stage with their outfits and personality. Third place came Haku from Spirited Away, then the L and Light duo and first place was Lightening from Final Fantasy. All of them looked great and Totoro and the Wolf man got honorable mentions.

We also got to watch some authentic Japanese lottery where Mr Sunshine picked out the raffle winners of free sushi, tea set, picnic hamper and more. Straight after was the really energetic Taiko drummers. If you were interested in the cuisine you had a choice of curry rolls (Japanese equivalent to Pasties), noodle, rice and pastries fro the Sweet Cup Cake maid cafe.

~Aisha Anime~

tea ceremony

Have you booked your HYPER JAPAN tickets yet? by Aisha Anime

scarlet young hj

The J-culture event of the year is almost upon us! If you haven't reserved your tickets yet, take a look at our tickets page to see what's available. Ticket sales for each day will close the evening before, so don't leave things til the last minute! To avoid disappointment, pre-book in advance as tickets on the door will be limited. 

For FAQ for this summer's show, please click here, .

What you can expect from HYPER JAPAN 2014


Food & Drink: The Sushi Awards and the Sake Experience will be packed with Japanese food and drink experts, ready to educate and entertain you as you sip and taste their gourmet offerings. If you'd love to learn easy Japanese cookery, or perhaps enjoy some free tea and other samples, don't miss TASTE JAPAN! And if that's not enough to fill your belly, our food court will be selling authentic Japanese street food, snacks, sweets, candies, ingredients, hot and cold drinks, health foods, and much more.


Stage Shows: Last year’s technodelic sensation SIRO-A is coming back with more exciting performance. Plus, not one, but two major acts combine Japanese traditional culture and bleeding-edge tech, as Den Entertainment's "The Sake" and Opera AOI debut on our stage! Returning J-pop favourites Yanakiku and Yun*chi are joined by Anna Yano and Anime theme singer Nagi Yanagi, so music fans have a lot to look forward to. Japan's high-tech side gets a showing with robotics from Robo Garage and ITK. You can check out our full list of exciting guests here.


Kawaii Fashion: HYPER KAWAii!! is bursting at the seams with Harajuku style! There's a Kawaii stage with content running all weekend, a makeover area and extreme fashion/cosplay wigs to try on, and a host of amazing Japanese KAWAii!! guests who you won't meet anywhere else in the UK!


Anime, Manga and Gaming: There's entertainment on offer at HYPER JAPAN to keep visitors amused all weekend. Gamers will love the Nintendo and Bandai Namco areas. With manga comics from Kodansha and exhibitors like Manga Entertainment, lovers of Japanese pop culture will find plenty to enjoy. NHK World will also be providing plenty of fun, with beloved mascot Domo-Kun present for all three days of the event!


Tradition: Experience Japan's ancient arts and crafts at HYPER JAPAN.  Discover the ancient art of Bonsai from award-winning masters, what it's like to wear a kimono, learn the ninja arts, and hear authentic Japanese instruments and folk music.


Shopping: You can find an unmatched range of Japanese goods for sale in our hall. As well as goods from many of our aforementioned exhibitors and food court, you can check out bleeding-edge cool and hand-made traditional craft goods at our  HYPER Fringe Market, including a selection of art and artists. 
 

nintendo world