Press Release: Hyper Japan Christmas Market 2014
Get ready for a pop culture explosion at the UK’s largest J-culture event!
Music, street fashion and cosplay – 3 pillars of Japanese pop culture which have captivated audiences and amassed devoted fans across the globe. At our HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market, we bring together the best of this trendy crowd and offer visitors the rare chance to experience a range of Japanese musical acts (both real and virtual), and to enjoy our HYPER J-style fashion show and world-class cosplay competitions!
Watch Hatsune Miku live in 3D!
For the first time in the UK, volunteer organisation Mirai no Neiro (Sound of the Future) will be running a Vocaloid (singing voice synthesizer) concert, starring the globally famous pigtailed android girl, Hatsune Miku. A 3D image of Miku singing and dancing along to her songs will be projected onto a large screen, following the style of ‘live’ Miku concerts which are hugely popular in Japan. Fans will also receive a special talk on the Vocaloid phenomenon, focusing on the impact which virtual singers like Miku have had on the Japanese music scene. Vocaloid-themed activities and competitions outside our exclusive concert room are also not to be missed!
An exciting line-up of musical talents
Among the all-star acts gracing our stage this November will be none other than America-born singer/songwriter Inoue Joe, best known for his songs “Closer” and “Kaze no Gotoku” which were used as opening themes in the anime Naruto Shippuden and Gin Tama. Joe also regularly appears on “J-MELO” – an NHK World television programme which airs in over 150 countries! Adding to the onstage excitement will be Diana Garnet, winner of the Nihon TV 2013 “Nodojiman THE WORLD” contest. Diana achieved her major debut whilst working as an English teacher in Japan, and released her first Japanese album “COVER ☆ GIRL” in 2013. Finally, Harajuku-style model and singer Yano Anna is back by popular demand after rocking the stage at our summer event! Anna’s love of anime spurred her perform the opening theme songs for Magica Wars and Stella Women’s Academy, Class 3. We can’t wait to see what musical marvels these 3 will unleash upon lucky visitors to our Christmas Market!
Setting the stage for the World Cosplay Summit
Attention all cosplay aficionados – sewing machines and glue guns at the ready! The UK preliminary for the World Cosplay Summit is returning to HYPER JAPAN this year, and promises to once again draw dozens of costume-savvy candidates from across the country. The triumphant team will win much-coveted tickets to Japan, where they will represent the UK at the prestigious World Cosplay Summit in 2015. So don’t miss out on this wonderful chance to meet fellow cosplayers and make some lasting friendships, or else simply sit back and admire the creativity and dedication that goes into these dazzling outfits.
HYPER J-Style Collection – paying homage to Japanese chic
HYPER JAPAN is well known as the UK’s largest exhibitor of Japanese fashion, showcasing a wide variety of trends fresh from the streets of Tokyo. This November we’re back with a vengeance with our new HYPER J-style Collection, which boasts a range of modern Japanese trends including “Lolita”, “Gyaru” and “Visual Kei”. The collection also features chic outfits from J-style fashion retailer Dreamy Bows, whose pop-up shop will be selling everything that fashion-conscious visitors need to create their own kawaii ensemble. A whole host of booths selling fashion accessories, make-up, ribbons, shoes, false eyelashes, handbags and more will ensure that HYPER JAPAN remains the go-to destination for Japanese couture.
Tickets cost £12 for the Friday and Saturday sessions, and £15 for the longer Sunday session
To book tickets and for more information visit: www.hyperjapan.co.uk
For a schedule of stage performances see: www.hyperjapan.co.uk/whats-on/stage/