HYPER JAPAN is the UK’s biggest J-culture event, held at Earl’s Court in London the huge event runs over three days and this year is their biggest yet! As much as I love the bustle it was a relief to see that the queue wasn’t too long for HYPER JAPAN’s first day – moving around inside would be a breeze. In fact the hall was a lot bigger than the Olympia hall last year.
As soon as I ascended the escalators I was greeted by everyone’s favorite plumber, Mario! Joyfully before being distracted by the many wonderful Nintendo games, including the newly released The Last Story.
While wondering around I became curious about a cellulite be gone tool…for your face. Yes people, there is a sort-of rake massage on your cheek which makes your cellulite disappear. At the stall B-Gadgets I came across other miracle items, like the srubbing mit to whiten youtr teeth and even the natural foot pedicure (which is equivalent to the fish pedicure) and after 3 days your feet are still naturally exfoliating themselves! With the founder being a professional beautician, this stuff isn’t to be questioned.
Next I was lured to J books by all the pretty colours! They had all the popular Japanese photo books with luxury gifts and my personal favorite Gothic Lolita and even a few quirky favorites.
I found my favorite plushie and figure stockist, Neon Martian catering to all my Tepig (Pokemon) needs. But if figures aren’t your thing then maybe you should be checking the accessories stalls. Tanalata really stood out to me, as alot of their jewelry were handmade but different to all the others, I love cameo necklaces and they are happy to make them with images of your favorite anime/manga characters. Also I must commend their hat rack sparkling with vintage glamour.
Another unusual designer I came across was Sah Starr, with 2 years of fashion and design under her belt, she designs and creates her own jewelry and clothing brand (named after herself) she is her own one band (wo)man and even accepts commissions, her style reflects the inner gothic/nympth inside us all.
I also came across an old Camden favorite Cyberdog, one of the sales assistants showed me with delight the range of Violent lips that are all the rage at the moment since Jessie J’s video ‘Mandem’ and they had the whole glitter, to animal print range – a must for the makeup enthusiast.
HYPER JAPAN newbies Something Kawaii, impressed me with their Japanese trinkets from decorative ang high detailed erasers to super kitch nail art sticks, just slick it with a thin blade and glue to your nails! With highly reasonable prices, even i indulged myself in a blue rabbit nail art stick.
Another unusual designer I came across was Miwary, she has a range of grandma chic vintage items including, (all hand sewn) tea cups, animal barrets, rings and a real fashion must have removable collars. Her style is influenced by the Mori gal movement (sub genre of Lolita) and she even dresses to reflect it and trust me – she is ever sewing away behind her stall making more stock as her items sell fast!
Now all this shopping is made me hungry so I stopped by Peko Peko for some Wasabi peas and sat down at the stage to watch the talk on the new exhibit showing at the V & A. The display will feature several Lolita genres that reflect different British movements ie Gothic, punk… Ironically, I approached one of the Lolita’s in the audience and inquired about her cute rabbit barret and she pointed me to Now Voyage. Now Voyage specialized in felt cake ornaments, brooches and barrets, the rabbits were one of many animal creations now taking over the HYPER JAPAN heads.
This time I decided to check out the Kimono portraits and decided to get one with my two friends, after 15minutes of being dressed and then a random wig being thrown on, I had seen what I might look like in 20 years time. I shall stick to lolita skirts and short hair cuts till I am fifty!
After seeing my future self I sought comfort food and Banana Chocolate was the right decision. These were infact bananas on sticks with melted chocolate and starberry chocolate coated on and hardened. My strawberry banana was satisfying and healthy goodness all at once.
I couldn’t help but watch Niconico Japanese Youtube videoing live from their stall, after staring at the super cool neko ears which move according to your brainwaves. One of the hosts grabbed me and positioned in front of the camera and stuck the ears on after being told to image exciting things like sake, the ears went mental and it took imagining a forest for my ears to calm down.
Unknown to me that people were making LIVE comments and they were flying across the screen, ignorance is bliss and trust me after seeing some of the comments on the ladies and children who went on after me I did NOT want to know what the Japanese public thought of me.
Also finally Cybercandy answered my prayers and brought in their own Purikura (photo sticker machine) in their stall perfect to catch some HYPER JAPAN madness after your have a sugar rush off their tasty candy.
Before leaving, I got to watch a really entertaining dance and sing along, 15 year old Venus Angelic, a YouTube dancer and comedian. I decided to join in the fun and began to sing my coat pompom almost knocking a bystander in the face, it was then I decided it was time to leave. HYPER JAPAN what excitement do you hold for me tomorrow? Come back to Anime Picks to find out!