Kensington Olympia’s National Hall will become the UK’s one-stop shop for Japanese-themed Christmas Shopping this November with a huge selection of exhibitors at the 7th HYPER JAPAN event.
HYPER JAPAN is the UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese culture, cuisine and cool. It brings together diverse exhibitors, sellers, performers and fans to show off the best of both traditional and contemporary Japan in the heart of London. First held in October 2010, HYPER JAPAN has grown in popularity and size, with record numbers of visitors to the summer HYPER JAPAN 2014. The wide range of visitors includes J-pop culture fans in their teens and 20s, young professionals, families, and older generations interested in traditional Japanese culture. It has also received plenty of media coverage and is a great place to discover the latest trends.
Featuring a number of highlights including live performances and special guests from Japan, HYPER JAPAN allows visitors to experience diverse elements of Japan’s culture in a single venue. HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market in particular focuses on gift ideas and exclusive goods with a Japanese theme to them, timed just right for one’s seasonal shopping. Highlights include:
Shopping: Add some Japanese aesthetic to your Christmas gifts this year with items such as toys, fashion goods and accessories, and more traditional items such as tableware and crockery (such as tea sets), Ukiyo-e artwork, washi (Japanese decorative craft paper) and tasteful Japanese print wrapping paper.
Food & Drink: More than just a food court, there’ll be gift-suitable items such as Sake, Japanese snacks, exotic teas and Japanese-style chocolate for you to take home to your loved ones.
Experiences: Makeover and nail areas for a cool new winter look, autograph sessions with guests (TBC) as well as our ever-popular martial arts displays.
Entertainment: Live J-pop music, Food and drink demos and lectures (such as fancy Japanese cocktails to show off over the festive season), traditional Japanese Taiko Drumming and other guests from Japan, plus fashion shows and the World Cosplay Summit UK preliminaries!