In November, I attended the Winter Hyper Japan at Olympia London, as I was invited by their press team and a day of Japanese pop culture sounded fab. I invited my friend Lucy along with me, as I know she also likes Japanese culture. We had to get our trains super early from York, to change in Doncaster so that we could then get on the train to London, as it was a Sunday. For those of you of haven’t heard of Hyper Japan, it’s an exhibition which celebrates Japanese pop culture and it currently takes place in London twice a year – in July and again, in November for Winter Hyper Japan which focuses more on Christmas.
As we entered the hall, each part had dedicated sections, such as Food, Crafts, Fashion, etc. Many kawaii focused fashion brands were in attendance, including Dreamy Bows who had a beautiful stall at this event. I’ve been a huge fan of Dreamy Bows for a while and I’m always lusting after their website. It was great to be able to see their adorable stall in person.
The retro gaming area was a pleasant surprise for me! Although it was very busy so we didn’t really hang around it for long. There was also a stall offering samples of Japanese sweets. They weren’t what I expected at all – in a good way! – they were really tasty and I do wish I’d bought some for myself.
Pusheen is a fan favourite and there was plenty of items which any pusheen fan would love. Just look at how adorable that pusheen display is. Tofu Cute are a store who sell accessories, snacks, gifts, etc and they also had an awesome little Instagram booth area. See our boomerang from the day below!
As I expected, there were some absolutely stunning and incredible cosplay around Hyper Japan. I managed to catch a couple of my favourites to ask if I could take their photos to feature in this post! I would have liked to cosplay myself but as I was travelling so much on the day, I just wanted to feel as comfortable as I possibly could and wore something glittery.
Of course, there was a dedicated area for selfies with a Hello Kitty themed Christmas Tree and Hello Kitty herself. Lucy and I of course wanted to get a selfie with Hello Kitty! This was a great area for any Hello Kitty fan to hang around in.
The big disappointment for us was that, due to travelling into London taking so long, we missed the fashion show as it was earlier on in the day. It wasn’t physically possible for us to attend the fashion show, unless we’d stayed in London the night before. Also, once we had seen a few stalls, I felt like we were just seeing a lot of the same merchandise being repeated over and over.
Overall, we did enjoy our day at Winter Hyper Japan but we were both incredibly tired from all the travelling. It was nice to see there was a mixture of traditional Japanese crafts and live demonstrations, as well as cute things such as Pokémon and pusheen. I probably wouldn’t choose to go to Hyper Japan on a Sunday again as I feel it would be similar. I’d consider visiting in future on a Saturday instead! Thank you to Hyper Japan for inviting me. Head over to the Hyper Japan website for more information on past and future events.
Do you like/enjoy Japanese culture? Have you attended Hyper Japan or any other events? Let me know!