Monday, July 25, 2011

Hyper Japan 2011

Yesterday was the final day of Hyper Japan. The organisation was a bit better than on Saturday when they sold more tickets than they should. Like MCMExpo, Hyper Japan has its fair share of cosplayers, though participants were obviously restricted to Japanese-based characters. However it isn't a manga or comic con, though inevitably there were sections dedicated to anime sub-culture.

There were stalls set up to cater and promote all sorts of Japanese culture like sake drinking, sushi (including lessons), fashion, music as well as the latest in toilet tech and massage chairs. My body is also swarming with healthy bacteria after consuming endless amount of free Yakult... Nintendo, Konami and Namco Bandai has also set up demo areas to show off the latest video games including Dark Souls, the sequel to the fiendishly difficult Demon's Souls on PS3 and Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater on 3DS.

Charity raffles were also set up to raise money for victims of the Japan quake and tsunami. An exhibition of photographs of the quake and tsunami's aftermath was on show, as were various items found during the clean up operation. Tears were shed.

We managed to find time to attend the lolita fashion showcase, Square Enix cosplay battle and a performance by Gothic lolita J-pop idol Kanon Wakeshima.
Lulu from Final Fantasy X
Lolita fashion showcase
Rosa from Final Fantasy IV
Square-Enix cosplayers

More pictures here.

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