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COSParade sponsored by mercari Returns to HYPER Live! Stage

Sat 2

What better place to get started cosplaying? First time cosplayers are just as welcome as pros!

Check out the latest Japanese trends

There are loads of exhibitors showcasing the newest and best of otaku culture.

Meet other anime fans and photographers

Various members of the media and HYPER JAPAN official press will be present during each session of the event. Show off all of that hard work!

You don’t have to step up on stage to show off your love for your favourite anime – cosplay at the HYPER JAPAN Festival 2018 is all about supporting our visitors’ desire to dress up and become the character of their choice, regardless of how their costume is made!

That’s right: handmade, shop-bought, cobbled together from knick-knacks in your garage – anything goes!



We want everyone to have a wonderful time when they come to Hyper Japan and do not want to inhibit your creative side, however if you are a cosplayer there are certain rules that need to be followed. These are:

Regarding costumes:
HYPER JAPAN is a family event, so please keep this in mind when cosplaying.
Use your best judgement and refrain from wearing anything overly revealing.
Please also refrain from wearing costumes which are overly similar to those of actual civil servants, security personnel, or members of the military.

Regarding props:

“Following recent incidents in London this year, and following close discussions with Metropolitan Police and the campaign for “Safer London”, regretfully Olympia London will not allow any visitors access to the Venue with any form of replica weapon. It is advisable that you do not travel to the venue carrying any replica weapons or items that could be deemed offensive or inappropriate for a family event.”

No toy guns
No water pistols
No foam swords, bought or homemade
No replica guns
No replica grenades or other explosives

No replica swords. 
No singing magic swords

Bag searches will be carried out at the entrance and the organiser reserves the right to prohibit any items that are considered offensive or could cause harm.

If a part of your costume is not in accordance with these rules, the organisers will keep it for you while you enjoy the event.
The organisers reserve the right to make any final judgements on this matter.
Be aware – if your costume is deemed offensive or inappropriate, you may be asked to leave.

Keep HYPER JAPAN fun and safe – follow the rules!