Japan House is the new cultural home of Japan in London. Presenting the very best of Japanese art, design, gastronomy, innovation, and technology, it deepens our appreciation of all that Japan has to offer. Part of a global initiative led by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there are two other Japan Houses in Los Angeles and São Paulo. 🇯🇵
Japan House aims to provide a forum for creative and intellectual exchange between Japan and the rest of the world, by inviting guests from all backgrounds and with a variety of interests to explore, interact with, and immerse themselves in Japan’s rich and diverse culture.
Located on London’s Kensington High Street, the experience is an authentic encounter with Japan, engaging and surprising even the most knowledgeable guests.
Take in the cultural sights and sounds of HYPER JAPAN, taste some Japanese eats and of course, get your hands on unique Christmas gifts! 🇯🇵 ⛩
Your one-stop experience for all things Japanese in London. Take in the festive atmosphere with family and friends, and share your passion for J-culture!
Learn about Japanese traditional culture, and enjoy live performances from various artists. Savour everything from sake to sushi and sweets. Try crafts or watch martial arts. Learn some Japanese, or get travel advice about your trip to Japan!
Unique event offering fun, food and culture for the whole family. Fall in love with Japan, or simply discover something quirky, new and cool. This year, HYPER JAPAN has something for everyone, no matter what your age or passion.
The festival is transforming the Tobacco Dock space into a unique celebration of music, food, drink, fashion and technology, drawing inspiration from both the traditional and future of Japan.
Expect a sensory overload as the music, smells, sights and tastes of this intriguing and exciting culture transport you to another world! With well-known performers, exhibitors, a food festival, and creative workshops to experience, HYPER JAPAN is the ultimate event for those eager to discover new, exciting trends and certified Japanophiles alike!
🇯🇵 Fancy something futuristic with a nod to nostalgia? Taking to the HYPER JAPAN live stage will be self produced chiptune songstress TORIENA, who writes, sings, programs and produces her own music using two Game Boys!
🇯🇵 Want to give it a go yourself? Sign up to the Chiptune workshop, hosted by local artist Shirobon and featuring TORIENA, where you can learn how to use your retro gaming device to create something magically musical.
🇯🇵 Want something a little edgier? 3-person unit REOL will also be taking to the stage to deliver their signature electronica sounds. For something different try KAIEN – a musical performance unit bringing together dance, technology, video, and 3D holograms for a truly unique experience. Meanwhile KIRIE combines dance, music, and calligraphy to express traditional Japanese myths and stories using modern artistic techniques.
🇯🇵 Looking for an interactive work of art? Tokyo Rickshaw incorporates a group of talented, eye catching acrobats, bringing a real rickshaw for people to clamber in to!
A visual spectacular, the festival will once again bring the events annual fashion show to life, showing off the very best in Kawaii style. For those with a penchant for manga or anime, the COSTest cosplay competition and COSParade showcase will evoke some impressive Japanese character inspired costumes that are not to be missed.
For those seeking out the more traditional side of Japan, guests can try their hand at doing calligraphy, origami and making authentic kokeshi dolls. Ideal for those who enjoy crafting with a twist!
Finally, foodies will not be disappointed. This year the festival takes their culinary offering to a new level, bringing London’s Urban Food Fest to the show for the very first time! The hippest street-food vendors this side of Shoreditch are rocking up at the Tobacco Dock with their charming retro food trucks.
Indulge and discover new food creations, fusing East and West with delicious effect. Fancy a Japanese inspired tipple? The Sake Experience 2017 will give visitors the chance to sample a variety of sake from big international brands, all the way to smaller, niche producers. Don’t forget to pop by the MIO Station to pick up a bottle of their sparkling sake!
Establishing themselves as an alternative destination in London’s Christmas roster, HYPER JAPAN is inviting budding Japanophiles to experience traditional and popular Japanese culture through food, drink, music, art, and much more.
Overwhelming your taste buds with a heavenly barrage of Japanese food and drink, you’ll find it hard to choose between the wide selection of Japanese street food. The prestigious Sushi Awards will also return for another thrilling installment, on top of our usual range of raw fishy treats freshly diced and prepared in the Eat-Japan food court.
Enjoy a huge variety of activities, shows and acts, including: cosplay events, gaming areas, art tables, family activities, Japanese musical entertainment and experts speaking about a range of cultural topics. There’ll be multiple stages around the venue hosting all manner of performances throughout the event!
Tokyu Hands is a Japanese store known for its wide range of cool, quirky stock, making them an excellent choice for gift shopping. A selection of items will be available for purchase, from high-quality Japanese takes on fairly normal items.
Japanese traditional handcrafted items, while always in high demand, tend to be difficult to purchase. With the “Traditional Culture Space ‘MIYABI’” gallery, you’ll be able to purchase directly from the artisans themselves, many of whom will be in attendance. In addition to these crafts, traditional stalwarts we all know and love such as kimonos, samurai swords and lacquer hair accessories will also be available.
Also jewellery a million or so “kawaii” things, t-shirts with your favorite characters… all available in a hundred different designs and many more colours! Japanese stationery, DVDs and CDs of your favorite Japanese movies and bands will also line the tables of many a vendor, as will comic books and recipe books.
Chilled Sake, meet Warmed Sake, because everybody needs a “warm-me-up”. That’s right, warmed sake is the only way to go this winter. It’s sake on a whole new level, and you will want to thank us when you get around to trying some. Sample some of the more popular products before buying them!
Japanese street fashion, “kawaii” has come to encompass the terms “cool,” “stylish,” and “lovely,” and is an all-purpose compliment about someone’s style or appearance. Kawaii ensembles will line up side-by-side with more traditional kimono. There’ll also be plenty of gorgeous outfits from UK designers who have been inspired by Japan’s unique aesthetics.
A special gallery devoted to a 200-strong collection of traditional handicrafts, Katsura Sunshine, a master rakugo comedian, an amazing experience where you can make your own woodblock print with the team behind Ukiyo-e Heroes, and the roving, all-female street ensemble Benten-ya! Each offers a unique glimpse into Japanese culture and the cumulative experience will have you excited to travel to Japan!
The venue for the Rugby World Cup will move from England to Japan, where the tournament is due to be held in 2019.
Creative artists, craftspeople, chefs, sporting figures and other people representing the best of Japan will be gathering in London at the end of October to convey the values of the nation to a worldwide audience.
Presentations involving various topics will be given by many illustrious individuals who very rarely come together on the same stage.
Inviting you to immerse yourself in the essence of Japan in London this autumn, taking in a feast of live art, Japanese cuisine and Sake, and a whole range of other Japanese treats.
Days and times:
Sat 24th October, Cultural food 11:30am ~ 3:30pm
Sun 25th October, Technology with heart 1:00pm ~ 4:00pm
Mon 26th October, Timeless creation 1:00pm ~ 3:00pm
Tue 27th October, Social innovation 12:00am ~ 19:30pm
Wed 28th October, Sport for Tomorrow 1:00pm ~ 3:00pm
Thu 29th October, Visit Japan 4:00pm ~ 6:00pm
Explore contemporary manga’s diverse appeal through works by three of the medium’s leading artists.
The graphic art form of manga developed in the early 20th century, and is based on traditional Japanese artistic and literary genres. It continues to reflect current concerns in Japanese society and can even be a catalyst for change or protest. Manga has grown to be a vital part of global popular culture, but this exported form does not always convey the range and content of Japanese manga. This display features newly commissioned and recent pieces by Chiba Tetsuya, Hoshino Yukinobu and Nakamura Hikaru.
The main image in this display will be an original colour drawing of a golfer on a green by prominent and influential manga artist Chiba Tetsuya. He is a specialist of sports manga that relate a young person’s struggle for recognition through dedication to sport.
The second generation of contemporary manga is represented by Hoshino Yukinobu, with a portrait of his new character Rainman. One of Japan’s best-known science fiction manga artists, Hoshino Yukinobu’s Professor Munakata’s British Museum Adventure featured in a Room 3 display in 2011.
Nakamura Hikaru represents the most recent generation of manga artists and is currently the seventh bestselling manga artist in Japan. Fusing everyday life with youth culture and cutting-edge production techniques, her work in this display imagines the comical existence of Jesus and Buddha as flatmates in Tokyo.
Together, the rare display of these three original artworks trace how the medium has evolved over recent generations, showing the breadth and depth of manga in Japan today.