28 July 2014

Going hyper at HyperJapan!

Yesterday I ventured into the cavernous Earls Court Exhibition Center to check out HyperJapan. In case you don't know, I love, love, love Japan and my visit to see the cherry blossoms a couple of years ago only cemented that. I didn't really know what to expect from this exhibition but i can tell you, i found myself grinning ear to ear on so may occasions. About 5 minutes in I texted my friend "I want to book a trip to Japan. Like right NOW!"

It was a fluffy eared, sushi filled, j-pop extravaganza. The Kawii corner had all things cute and fluffy, and was home to Londoners singing Japanese pop tunes. There were stalls for visiting Japan, learning Japanese, buying manga, samurai swords, bonsai, kimonos and of course there was sushi and sake galore. There were manga sketch artist turning you into a comic charachter, manga drawing workshops, origami workshops and what I assume to be Japanese checkers sitting alongside a boxing ring with fake wrestling on one end and martial arts demos on the other. Oh and lets not forget the cosplay parade. Even people who were not in the competition dressed up. Talk about a major people watching opportunity.

It was a fun way to spend a few hours over a weekend and I may or may not have succumbed to buying a pair of fluffy ears...

Apparently they will be holding HyperJapan Christmas markets in November. Yeah, you know I'm going to that one too. And why not?

Have you been to any exhibitions recently?


  1. I believe Hyper Japan is brilliant! I can't think of any exhibitions I've been to but I'm dying to go to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff again.

    1. Couldnt agree more :) Why not, book those tickets and hop to it I say! Its great when you find an exhibition that you want to go back to again and again.