|Sunday 25th November at HYPER JAPAN 2012 Christmas|
By midday, the Main Stage seats were full as visitors gathered to see acclaimed chocolatier William Curley demonstrate how he blends his famous Japanese fusion chocolates. Apricot and wasabi and soy sauce and tomato blended chocolate creations were offered to the crowd for tasting. In spite of the unusual ingredients, William’s creations went down very well, with one surprised guest noting notes of “toffee or caramel” in the apricot and wasabi chocolates.
Continuing on this gastro vein, once again, the Sushi Workshop was bustling with eager sushi masters in training. Visitors had the choice of making either nigiri or maki sushi, and once the workshop was complete, received goodie bags containing all the ingredients they needed to recreate their culinary masterpieces at home.
Judging from the abundance of well dressed visitors and Japanese street style followers, it seemed that there were even more fashion fans in attendance than on the two previous days. This may have been due to the fact that Sunday saw the debut of the HYPER JAPAN “Kawaii Style” Japanese Street Fashion Show. Models for the show had been handpicked by the HYPER JAPAN fashion crew, based on their superior understanding and expression of true Japanese kawaii style, and this love of Tokyo inspired looks really showed on the stage, as they happily twirled and posed. The girls strutted down the catwalk dressed in an array of kawaii styles, ranging from Lolita fashion to fairy kei, and cute kimono style. Models clutched bags stuffed with sweet prizes, which they flung into the enthusiastic crowd, and two lucky girls were plucked from the audience to show of their own amazing Japanese street style influenced co-ordinations.
J-pop was once again on the menu, much to the delight of excited music fans, who flocked to the Main Stage to her Tomoca and her team’s unique blend of traditional and contemporary Japanese music. Clad in an unusual denim style kimono, Tomoca performed some original compositions, as well as the well loved classic, ‘sukiyaki’ song, which had the crowd roaring their approval.
Over in the Entertainment zone, Nintendo, Namco Bandai, Bushiroad, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game kept both video and card gaming fans amused with a selection of their newest and best loved products, and from the looks of things, there were certainly some new converts to the thrilling world of Japanese trading card battling.
Many HYPER JAPAN visitors were busy planning their own trip to Japan, and one group we spoke to were really pleased with the expert advice on hand to help them pick the exact attractions they would visit on their trip, with another visitor commenting that the day had been the “perfect” way to get a taste of Tokyo before she saw it for the first time.
Over in the Arts & Crafts and the Activity areas, visitors enjoyed some authentic demonstrations of traditional culture, as well as getting stuck into some hands-on activities including igo, calligraphy, paper sumo battling, and manga style drawing.
Visitors were eager to make the most of the final day of HYPER JAPAN, and even as the last purchases were made and cosplay poses struck, some were already asking when the next event would be. For many HYPER JAPAN fans it had been yet another exciting HYPER JAPAN weekend, and for other first-time visitors, it had been an amazing insight into the dynamic blend of ancient and modern culture in Japan today. One thing is for sure, the next HYPER JAPAN is sure to be even bigger and better, and we for one, simply cannot wait!