Reasons Why I Love Hyper Japan

Before Hyper Japan, MCM Expo was the only convention I went to in London but I didn’t enjoy it as much because I wasn’t a cosplayer. It was simply a place where I could meet and hang out with friends but other than that it was pretty, well, boring. But then my girl Chewiee told me about Hyper Japan and my life changed! (Dramatic much, Lizzie?) Here are some of the reasons why I love it so much…

Kawaii fashion, gyaru, fairy kei, decora
My cuties Wai-yi & Charlotte!
Artist stall – Geeniejay
Japanese food, hyper japan
Yummy Japanese food!

It’s perfect for Japan lovers

It’s the perfect place for those like me who love Japanese fashion and culture as it has stalls and workshops specifically aiming towards that audience. You can buy/rent kimonos, check out the tourism stalls where you can learn how you can live and work in Japan, have a go at Japanese calligraphy, and much more! I now only go to Hyper Japan and haven’t set foot in MCM Expo for many years.

There are so many small biz stalls

A few of my friends have stalls at Hyper Japan and I always love to go and support them with a purchase or two! Ever since owning an Etsy store I have begun to appreciate the amount of hard work that comes with running a small business, so I do whatever I can to help out. The atmosphere you get when seeing the stalls in person is really something, and it’s nice that they’re all in one place!

It’s a chance to show off your niche

The thing I loved most about being part of the fashion show was that I was able to show off the Gyaru style to the world, especially because it’s so niche! But even just walking around and talking to people who want to take photos of my outfits is heart-warming, and it’s always been my goal to try and introduce this wonderful Japanese fashion to other people.

I just loved Ami & Freya’s outfits!
They also have a gaming area where you can play the latest games!
Renting kimonos
People trying on the beautiful kimonos

It’s where all of the J-fashionistas hang out

Hyper Japan is the place where I catch up with my friends from other Japanese fashion scenes like Fairy Kei, as I usually don’t see them at other times of the year. I love seeing their outfits and taking selfies with them and just being able to look at Japanese fashion from a different perspective! Here’s one of my favourite past Hyper Japan post‘s where I took lots of photos of my friends in their jfashion attire.

You can meet your idol

Hyper Japan set up a lot of meet-and-greets, and although I haven’t been to one myself, I know that my friends have been able to meet their idols and people that they looked up to! I passed one of the main stages where the illustrator Mitsuhiro Arita was giving a talk about his work on the Pokemon Trading Card Game as well as Final Fantasy XI. How cool is that?!

There’s just so much to do!

Whether it’s taking a painting class, having a taste of yummy Japanese food, or buying lots of plush toys/plushies, there’s so much to do! I used to take part in the fashion shows but it’s hard now that I live pretty far from London, and I prefer just to walk around casually without worrying about having to be somewhere at a certain time. I tried out the Teru Teru Bozu workshop this year where we made cute lil’ good weather dolls, which are hung up to chase away the rain and bring good weather and I loved it!

My darling Zanni looking so pretty in pink!
Teru teru bozu, good weather charm
Trying my hand at the Teru Teru Bozu workshop
Making a teru teru bozu at Hyper Japan via hellolizziebee
Tada! Isn’t he cute?

And there we have it! Have you been to Hyper Japan before? What do you love about it?

Lizzie xx

What do you think?

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  • Elodie Joriot
    July 21, 2019

    It’s exactly the same than the Parisian Japan expo!! I hope there were less people and the place was less warm! Lol! ??

  • Dansei Idol Girl
    July 21, 2019

    I definitely agree, as an idol fan Hyper Japan is really the only convention we have in the UK that caters to that area of interest

    I wish they’d sort out a lot of their problems though like how they treat their volunteer performs -__-‘

    • hellolizziebee
      July 22, 2019

      Oh no! What happened? Tbh I don’t think they’re very organised at times, but I forgive them because it’s the only con that’s like it haha.

  • ×t s u k i.-
    July 21, 2019

    It’s my dream to attend Hyper Japan one day and go in full gyaru style!! ? Unfortunately we don’t have a con like that here ? only anime related cons and those are so boring, snif
    Great post bby! <3

    • hellolizziebee
      July 22, 2019

      Awh well if you’re ever in the UK during Hyper Japan then I would recommend going, and I can go with you! <3

  • Michelle
    July 22, 2019

    Sounds like a wonderful place! Love the outfit you wore. ♥

    • hellolizziebee
      July 22, 2019

      Awh thank you sweetie! I might do another outfit post where I can share more pics of it and some selfies!

  • Shannon
    July 22, 2019

    That looks so like so much fun! I especially like the look of the craft workshops and the colours.

  • Michelle
    July 22, 2019

    Ah I’ve always loved Hyper Japan, it’s such a fun day out! Mama Daisy once even had a food stand there!

    • hellolizziebee
      July 25, 2019

      Omg really? That’s so amazing! I’m gutted that I didn’t get the chance to have a proper meal there as it was absolutely packed, but I’ve had food there before and I loved it!

  • Allisa White
    July 22, 2019

    This looks so fun! Love the pictures!

  • Jadedisland
    July 23, 2019

    I loved how exciting Hyper Japan looks and sounds I have to go one day!

    • hellolizziebee
      July 25, 2019

      Awh you totally should, it’ll be right up your street as a lot of fairy kei peeps hang out there!