Convention Preview: Hyper Japan Festival 2018

After a brief change of venue to Tobacco Dock, this Summer sees Hyper Japan Festival moving back to the fully enclosed Olympia in London, UK.

Although the venue and date of the event has been announced (13th to 15th July 2018), the Hyper Japan website, which also looks to have undergone somewhat of a change in aesthetics, remains somewhat bare of any other current information.  This being said, Hyper Japan has been an event that we at Renegade Revolution have attended multiple times in the past, with intentions to be present at this year too.

From past experiences, we anticipate a great deal of Japan-inspired stalls and events for attendees of all ages.  Interactive workshops for the hands-on people, a range of games to try out for the gamers, merchandise and traditional clothing stalls for the shoppers and various food and drink sellers for the avid foodies out there.  Expect to see and hear live action performances from special guests flown in from the Land of the Rising Sun – previous guests have included J-Rock legends YOSHIKI and Toshl from X JAPAN, Broken Doll and ninja group SHINOBI-TRY so we would encourage people to bring a camera to capture these moments and performances.

Another good reason to bring a camera is for the amazing outfits and costumes that can be seen wandering around the event – a mixture of both exhibitors and attendees.  Expect to see everything from Harajuku fashion to cosplayers of popular anime and games.  Do remember to be respectful and ask before getting snap happy with your camera though!

We’d recommend not turning up to Hyper Japan Festival on a full stomach – the EAT-JAPAN area will be packed full of tasty goodies.  This area will include vendors with a variety of hot and cold food, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.  Anticipate these stalls becoming rather busy over lunch time though so do be prepared to queue as lines can get pretty long for the more popular stands.

As mentioned before, we anticipate covering the event this Summer so do keep an eye out for our team from Renegade Revolution.

Hyper Japan Festival will be held at the Olympia, London from Friday 13th July to Sunday 15th July 2018.  Tickets are not yet available so be sure to keep an eye out on their official website: https://hyperjapan.co.uk/

Photography © Jojo Yap-Sanderson and Scott Sanderson, 2017.
Banner © Hyper Japan, 2018.


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