Hyper Japan 2016 was a total success! Hyper Japan 2016 was a total success! Jodie Fincham went there to report for us. From the 15th-17th of July, London Olympia hosted the Uk’s biggest J-Culture event: Hyper Japan. Over these 3 days, Otakus would flock, costumes at the ready, to experience this kawaii overload of Japanese culture. I was there, as the photographer on the floor, snapping as much as I could of this amazing convention.
As you walk in, you are overwhelmed by the sheer size of the venue, and you get excited to explore every single corner, and see what’s on offer.
Worried you won’t be able to find the plushie you want? Fear not, this stall has you covered.
As this was a Japanese convention, there were obviously going to be some epic swords on sale. They were around £40, at this particular booth, and the replica swords cost more. The second picture shows more of those small lucky charms. As you can see two of the photos are of the Tofu Cute booths (featuring my friend in her handmade Attack on Titan cosplay in the second one), and I must say Tofu Cute had to be my favourite company there, as it was very well priced, and had the most adorable items available, as well as tasty Japanese snacks, such as Pocky, or Ramune, which is a type of fruit flavoured soda. The ‘Lucky Bags’, which you can see in the first picture, were available with either plushies or snacks inside, depending on what you wanted. The picture of the stall with the assortment of items, including the stripy alpacas, by AlPacasso, was extremely popular, and I did buy one the alpacas myself.
At the top we have a woman in beautiful traditional dress, the main manga and book stall at the convention, then the small golden charms are lucky, and each represents a different aspect of prosperity, for example, money, or happiness. There was a bonsai tree exhibit, with trees ranging from the average size, as seen in the picture around the edge of the booth, to minuscule trees that are extremely adorable. They even bear tiny fruits on occasion. The final picture is a very talented cosplayer.
Text and pictures by Jodie Fincham.