The most exciting Christmas event in London kicked off with a bang today, as Tobacco Dock was filled with visitors eager to take in the cultural sights and sounds of HYPER JAPAN, taste some Japanese eats, and, of course, get their hands on some unique Christmas gifts! In case you missed it, we’ll share some of the highlights:
Starting with HYPER JAPAN’s first School’s Day! In which we had local Shadwell primary school students engaging in Japanese storytelling performed by Oxford Brookes University Japanese Studies students! A fun and engaging afternoon of activities to engage young people in all aspects of Japanese culture. We look forward to hosting this again!
Going on to the visually stunning, the Illuminight “akari” lantern installation treated visitors to the best display of this style of Japanese craft art that you’ll encounter outside of Japan. Remember that all HYPER JAPAN visitors are able to see this exhibition, so if you’re joining us tomorrow or Sunday you owe it to yourself to check it out. Those who wanted a more hands-on experience were even able to join in with the goldfish lantern decoration or cutout workshops, with the masters at our Creative Studio. These are running again on Saturday and Sunday, with tickets just £7 for adults and £5 for under-10s.
Smoothly seguing from modern takes on traditional art, to that of pop culture! Dai Nippon Printing Co. bought the “The World of Fairy Tail” exhibition which delighted fans of anime & manga with original artwork from the international hit series. Even including photo spot for those looking to take a selfie to commemorate the precious memory as well as books and art prints for those seeking a tangible piece of the experience to take home.
Foodies, too, were well-catered for as our inaugural RAMEN EXPERIENCE kicked off today! This brand new addition to the HYPER JAPAN family of festive food fun featured 4 flavoursome soup bases, which visitors can sample before choosing their favourite to enjoy with a personalised bowl of ramen. If delicious soup noodle sounds like your idea of a good time in the nippy winter weather, tickets are still available to pre-book for Sunday as of this writing.
Our Food Court was, as always, another source of delicious Japanese edibles, with exhibitors such as Kome Donburi House and Juzu serving up a selection of Japanese food unlike any other in the UK. Speaking of exhibitors, Christmas shoppers were able to fill up on stocking stuffers and sneaky treats for themselves with big names like JPU Records and Tofu Cute supplying J-pop and Kawaii goods, and others offering an array of more traditional items.
Last but not least, our world-class stage performances rocked Tobacco Dock and all who attended today; FEMM showed off songs from their brand new album, while MUTANT MONSTER returned to the UK and brought their own brand of punk rock back to our excited audience! Both groups (and more!) are back on stage tomorrow and Sunday, so there’s still time to catch an amazing show.