Happened last weekend was one of London’s biggest events – Hyper Japan Christmas Market 2014. All things Japan gathered under one roof got the festive mood going – food, culture, cosplay, and christmas gifts. If you’ve missed this one (fret not, lots of photos below to keep you entertained), the next Hyper Japan event falls on summer 2015 sometime in July.
It has been a fun-filled Sunday at the North Hall in Kensington Olympia where Hyper Japan attracted tens of thousands of visitors. I’ve sampled lots of Japanese snacks and authentic sakes, interacted with fellow cosplay enthusiasts (had a mini photoshoot too), watched Hatsune Miku’s first hologram show in the UK, and the very kawaii Japanese artist, Koike Miyu who took the stage by storm with just her voice and personality.
I must say having the press badge for this event has given me added privileges. Thank you team Hyper Japan!
Photo gallery of Hyper Japan 2014 on 16 November 2014
The Eat Tokyo team in samurai spirit; Eat Tokyo is an all-time favourite Japanese eatery in London.
One of the most celebrated digitally created persona is Japan’s very first vocaloid, Hatsune Miku. Codenamed CV01, developed and distributed by Crypton Future Media, Inc., Hatsune Miku is a singing voice synthesiser featured in over 100,000 songs released worldwide. With 2.5 million Facebook fans, you could say she’s as hot as Gerard Butler.
Here’s a snippet of Hatsune Miku’s first hologram show in the United Kingdom at Hyper Japan London 2014.
The next J-pop idol who took centre stage on Sunday was the oh-so kawaii Koike Miyu (小池美由). A petite talent with a voice and personality big enough to make the crowd roar, Koike Miyu delivers a show not to be missed. And yes, she’s real..!
The success of Hyper Japan 2014 was, definitely, largely owed to non-other than the abundance of spontaneous cosplay fans who came in their best costumes, most of whom were not from London (a group of them travelled all the way down from Wales). Cosplay was a whole new world to me; it isn’t merely about being in uniforms, it was about living and re-enacting the characters, and bringing them to life (as you will see from the photos ahead), all whilst having a whale of a time.
Best cosplay I’ve seen all day, the exorcist Mephisto Pheles (メフィスト・フェレス Mefīsuto Fēresu)
Perhaps my favourite cosplay fan of the day. A natural at striking a pose with his signature wide split.