J-culture in all its weird, wonderful and tasty forms has come to London this weekend. Earl’s Court is the place to head to see Hyper Japan, which is showcasing all facets of Japan, from food and fashion to music and art. You can listen to live J-pop, peruse the latest comic books, and even buy a sword. The latest robotics are on display and there’s sake tasting, octopus balls for the brave and plenty of stalls exhibiting and selling the best in Japanese culture.
If you want something unusual to eat why not try a fish-shaped waffle from Yaki.co.uk. Tai-yaki are made in fish-shaped moulds and can be either a sweet or savoury. Azuki beans are a traditional filling which is worth tasting.
Of course at Hyper Japan the sushi is taken very seriously. The UK Sushi Championship is taking place over the weekend. Five chefs are competing for the title. Each has created a piece of sushi with names like Seabed Shipwreck and Matador’s Maki. You can help decided the winner by tasting their work and voting.
Hyper Japan is the UK’s largest celebration of all things Japanese and with everything from street food and traditional arts to gaming. If you’d like your portrait drawn as a manga character, would like to taste frozen beer or play pre-release games, then try it out.