sweet cupcake maid cafe

Japan Day 2014 by Aisha Anime

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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. 

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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.

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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/

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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~

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~Tea Prince~ Butler Cafe London: "The Elegant Return" Event ~ by Aisha Anime

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Dear Lords and Ladies, Goshujinsama & Ojousama, you have been invited to the latest Maid/Butler pop up cafe event !

The Staff of Tea Prince Butler Café cordially invite all to attend their return event! After one year Hiatus from events and pop up cafes, Tea Prince has grown and has welcomed new members into our arms. They are happy to finally introduce thenew staff to all you Lords and Ladies, so please come and visit us them in Boba Jam (Central London) for a funfilled, entertaining time with beautiful Butlers, Maids, Chekkis, Games and Bubble Tea!

The Event is in Partnership with Boba Jam “Bubble Tea Cafe” and Tofu Cufe “Japanese Sweets and Kawaii Accessory store”. You have two sessions to choose from granting you two hours at a time.

Slot 1: 13:00 - 15:00 (£5.50 online/ £7 on the door)
Slot 2: 15:30 - 17:30 (£5.50 
online/ £7 on the door)

All Staff will be Serving and Supporting at this Cafe Event

♥ Head Maid Usagi
♥ Maid Olivia

♥ Head Butler Rein
♥ Butler Sepharim
♥ Butler Rin
♥ Butler Ruki
♥ Butler Hisa
♥ Butler Thomas

Please Note ticket price excludes the eventbrite fee - 
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tea-prince-butler-cafe-london-the-elegant-return-event-tickets-11584081299
Also please print your ticket and bring with you on the day! 

**All Tofu Cute competitions will be announced soon!!**

Tea Prince Staff will also be selling our Calendar Pages from the Collaboration with AI My Maid Cafe and Sweet Cupcake Maid Café. All donations will go directly to our chosen Charity of the month! To donate please click the link belong: 

https://www.justgiving.com/AiMySweetTeaAPR