First Guest Announcements for HYPER JAPAN Christmas Markets!

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HYPER JAPAN have made their first official announcement regarding guests attending this years Christmas Markets. Taking place at the Tobacco Dock in London it will be from the 27th – 29th November.

Tickets range from £13-£39 and are available now HERE through the Hyper Japan website.

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LADY BABY

Japan’s quirkiest new music group, are making their international debut at HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market 2015! The combination of Japanese idols and a harder, Metal sound is given an extra edge, both aurally and visually, by the addition of the most unique idol of all. This group smashes all borders, be they gender, nationality, culture, age, or values to create Japanese idols with a new feeling.

LADY BEARD is the “Kawaiicore” frontman of the group. With the slogan of “singing and dancing to destroy”, this former wrestler’s gutteral vocals give the band a little more bite when it comes to the harder side of their music, and his fame has shot skyward via the internet over the last few years. More traditional “kawaii” cuteness is provided by Kuromiya Rei and Kaneko Rie

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MINORI

Shironuri artist and international fashion icon MINORI will be gracing HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market with her presence, performing onstage and giving away tips on shironuri makeup!

Shironuri (lit. “white-painted”), while drawing inspiration from classical Japanese makeup styles as seen on geisha and kabuki theatre, has been completely reinvented by MINORI. Appearing at overseas events since 2014, she has been featured in international press and her work is to be shown at the Honolulu Museum of Art. In August 2015, she showcased collaboration work with Sanrio in Taiwan.

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Mirai no Neiro

Vocaloid Hatsune Miku returns to HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market this November, thanks once again to an unofficial show put on by mega-Miku-fan-group “Mirai no Neiro”! Fans will be able to watch a large-scale Hatsune Miku singing and dancing to a selection of fan-made songs, naturally accompanied by glow sticks available to audience members to perfect the atmosphere.

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Ling tosite sigure and Dempagumi.inc with New Releases in the Wake of UK performances

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Japan’s breakthrough guitar act Ling tosite sigure (凛として時雨) will release their first ‘best of’ album internationally through JPU Records on 7 August, following their performance at JAPAN NIGHT at Indigo2 in London on Saturday 11 July 2015.

Entitled Best of Tornado, the 14-track album features songs spanning the trio’s 10+ year career, from their early self-released album and EPs to their recent chart topping album still a Sigure virgin and last year’s i’mperfect. Each track has been brought up to date by being brilliant re-mastered by Metropolis Studio’s John Davis (Led Zeppelin, Royal Blood, the Prodigy).

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Best of Tornado Tracklist
01. JPOP Xfile
02. Telecastic fake show
03. abnormalize
04. illusion is mine
05. Souzou no Security
06. DISCO FLIGHT
07. moment A rhythm
08. Beautiful Circus
09. I was music
10. Azayaka na Satsujin
11. Telecaster no Shinjitsu
12. nakano kill you
13. Enigmatic Feeling
14. Missing ling
15. Boukan

Best of Tornado will be available in the UK and Europe from 8 July 2015 digitally from Amazon MP3 and iTunes, and available on CD in the territory from 7 August 2015, it can be pre ordered here

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Japan’s alternative idol group Dempagumi.inc has confirmed the international release of their album W.W.D.D. through London’s JPU Records, following their first UK performances at HYPER JAPAN at The O2 on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July 2015.

When originally released, W.W.D.D. reached number three in Japan’s Oricon Album Charts, where the six all-girl unit has held huge headline arena shows, including the Nippon Budokan, National Yoyogi Stadium’s First Gymnasium, as well as appearances at Japan’s major rock festivals, despite their pop aesthetics.

A number of tracks on the album have been written by prominent figures in the Japanese rock industry, including Tamaya 2060% of punk group Wienners, NAOTO from popular hip-hop rock act ORANGE RANGE, and anime theme composer and video game music remixer Kenichi Maeyamada amongst many more.

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W.W.D.D. Tracklist:
01. Dempa na Sekai ~ It’s a dempa world ~
02. Dempari Night
03. Dance Dance Dance
04. NEO JAPONISM
05. FD2 ~Raison d’etre Daibouken~
06. Chururi Chururira
07. Mamonaku, Dempagumi.inc ga Ririku Itashimasu
08. Dear Stage e Youkoso
09. Bari3 Republic
10. Fancy Hoppe U FU FU
11. Lemon Iro
12. Brandnew World
13. Irodori Sekai
14. Sakura Apparation

W.W.D.D. on CD will include a 28-page full colour photo and lyric booklet and will be available first at HYPER JAPAN, ahead of its official retail release from 7 August 2015. Digitally, the album is out now on iTunes and will be made available from other digital download and streaming services shortly.

HYPER JAPAN Festival – 10th – 12th July 2015

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HYPER JAPAN Festival: a Summer Fiesta of Japanese Music and Culture at The O2!
The UK’s greatest celebration of Japanese culture, music, cuisine and entertainment is hosting its biggest ever party this summer. In the true spirit of its prestigious London venue, The O2, this year’s HYPER JAPAN Festival will showcase a dazzling line-up of musical performers from Japan, in addition to popular gaming and anime titles, a wide assortment of traditional booths, family friendly activities and delicious Japanese cuisine. Get ready for a festival like nothing you’ve ever experienced before!
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This summer’s event will feature the first live concert house in HYPER JAPAN history, where an unmissable line-up of Japanese artists will perform over the weekend. Prominent among them are video game and cosplay-loving idol group Dempagumi.inc, and anime music singer Eir Aoi of “Sword Art Online” and “Kill la Kill” fame. Tokyo Girls’ Style, LOST ASH, TOMOCA, Heisei Kotohime, VANIRU, ILU GRACE, Less than Love, Die Milch and May J add their talent to this all-star musical guest list.

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Tickets cost £13 for the Friday and Saturday sessions, and £16 for the Sunday session
Children aged 10 and under go free on Friday, aged 5 and under go free every day
To book tickets and for more information visit: http://hyperjapan.co.uk/tickets/

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HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market 2014

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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!

JPU Records Host Official HYPER JAPAN After Party

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London’s Largest Japanese Music Label Teams Up With the UK’s Biggest Japanese Pop Culture Event for the Ultimate J-pop Party

JPU Records is proud to announce that it will be organising the official HYPER JAPAN after party on Saturday 26 July 2014. The event, celebrating all things J-pop, will take place at Namco Funscape in County Hall, Westminster, from 7pm and will be entirely free entry for all.

Four performance artists will be joining the event. Coming all the way from Japan will be cute punk rockers Broken Doll and ‘KimiCos’ duo YANAKIKU, plus British talents Kero Kero Bonito and Kelsey Ellison. There will also be popular tracks from Japan spun by JPU Records to keep the party atmosphere buzzing, as well as arcade machines, a licensed bar, snacks, dodgems, bowling and more available at additional costs.

JPU Records will also be exhibiting at HYPER JAPAN in Earls Court between 25-27 July, selling a wide range of CDs and merchandise from Japanese rock, pop and metal artists. The label will also be collecting ‘get well soon’ messages from fans of its artist SPYAIR. The pop-rock band, which has music in The Amazing Spider-Man and anime series Bleach and Gundam, recently had to postpone tour dates due to vocalist IKE suffering from acute bronchitis.

HYPER JAPAN After Party Details:
When: Saturday 26 June 2014 (7pm-midnight)
Where: Namco Funscape, County Hall, Riverside Buildings, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7PB. (map)
Nearest Tube/Train: Westminster, Waterloo.
Tickets: Free entry (500 capacity – one in one out if full)
Performances: Broken Doll, YANAKIKU, Kero Kero Bonito, Kelsey Ellison
DJ: JPU Records staff
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/491089981036648