Get ready to taste, sip and savour sake in 2012 as HYPER JAPAN brings you the Eat-Japan Sake Awards: Top Brewery Taste-off, a brand new event to introduce the nation to the delights and wonders of this Japanese beverage. Never tried sake before, or absolutely love the stuff? Come and taste seven different sakes, one from each of the seven participating sake breweries, and decide which one you like the best!
The Japan Foundation will hold a touring film programme at 7 venues in 7 cities in the UK from February 10 to March 28 2012. This season, nine original Japanese films, all produced from 2000 onwards, will be shown, including the award-winning film ‘I Just Didn’t Do It’. Find out more and win tickets here.
Tatsumi is an animated film based on the work of Yoshihiro Tatsumi, creator of the gekiga style of comics, released in the UK on 13 January. Find out more about the film and the man it celebrates here.
We're delighted to announce that Japanese actress and singer and all-round cutie Natsuko Aso will be joining us at HYPER JAPAN Spring 2012 in February 2012. Natsuko will be performing on the HYPER JAPAN stage - find out more here.
Our very own Kawaii Star 2011-12, Scarlett Young, has started her Kawaii Star blog here. Drop in to find out all about Scarlett, what she loves, and what she thinks you will love too. Scarlett was voted Kawaii Star of the Year at HYPER JAPAN 2011 in July 2011, and will be jetting off to Tokyo early next year thanks toeTours in collaboration with Alitalia and Shiba Park Hotel.
So far, Scarlett's reviewed some super cute hair accessories from Now, Voyager and explored the mysteries of the otohime toilet accessory...If you've got ideas on what you'd like to see Scarlett review, drop us a line at
. In the meantime, check out what she's got to say about this very lovely ice-cream hair decoration.
Here's what Scarlett had to say about herself before the competition: “I’m Scarlett and I live and breathe all that is kawaii! I love cute fashion especially sweet Lolita. I make sure to check up for updates on new prints from various different brands such as Baby, the Stars Shine Bright and Angelic Pretty. My dream is to be able to obtain enough items to wear it as a daily fashion one day. Misako and Amo are my favourite Lolita models – they are so cute! I also love the cute music of Japan such as J-pop. I love keeping up to date with the latest j-pop news and I also like to sing and dance to it too. I have a Youtube where I do so as well as being a member of a j-pop dance group with members from around the UK. I also adore cute food – different types of cake being my favourite. I love the combination of cute food and cute fashion such as decoden jewellery, cute food Lolita prints etc. I would love to be the UK Ambassador of Kawaii because I would be able to report on the kawaii things I talk about day after day to people who are interested in bringing some cute things into their life! It would be a lot of fun! And it has been my dream for a long time to go to japan, that would be fantastic”.