Sunday, 24 July 2016

Hyper Japan 2016 & Japan Centre

Hello! ♡

From July 10th-20th I visited London, where I visited friends, attended the Hyper Japan festival and went to Japan Centre.
The Hyper Japan festival is an event that takes place in London every summer for three days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and celebrates Japanese culture, it's a lot of fun and it has everything from games, to anime, food and fashion! There is also a Christmas Market that takes place each year in November.
Japan Centre is located near Piccadilly station, next to the GAP store. It has a wide selection of Japanese food and ingredients, as well as books, magazines and gifts. There is also a street food stand in the front. The prices are also very reasonable, especially bearing in mind that the products are straight from Japan.

Anyway, I bought a lot of things, because how could I resist? In this post I will tell you about my experience and show you everything I bought ^-^~

Disclaimer: I am not endorsed by any of the brands mentioned below. The reviews in this post are not paid.

Japan Centre
I've already been to Japan Centre a few times before, and I enjoy it every time! There is a street food stand in the front, serving things such as shaved ice and buns. There are also different lovely ceramics near the entrance, once you go in. I saw some gorgeous tea sets there. There is an escalator that takes you to the main shop. Although Japan Centre is a bit small, it has a very wide selection! Bear in mind that it can sometimes get quite cramped. There are chilled and frozen products such as sushi, bakery products such as dorayaki and mochi, raw ingredients (matcha, vegetables, etc.) and more. There is a wide selection of sweets, from pocky to ramune to Kit-Kats and puccho! You can also get seasonings and unique ingredients. There are also magazines and books, the magazines are quite expensive but they looked very interesting! I wish I bought one. There are also a few gifts, I saw bento accessories and boxes, a few fluffy keyrings and maneki neko!

Here is a picture of what I bought:

I bought red bean daifuku, puccho candy, powdered green tea, matcha mochi, matcha pocky, strawberry ramune and melon soda!
This was my first time trying anko (red bean paste) and at first, I didn't really like the taste. However, now I love it! The combination of sweet, chewy mochi and sweet anko is a match made in heaven ^-^
I love puccho- it's a chewy candy with little sweet balls in them, and it has cute packaging, which is always a bonus! 
I bought powdered green tea because I love it, and also for cooking. I will write a green tea latte recipe soon- it's a great summer drink! 
The matcha mochi (mochi is one of my favourite foods) and matcha pocky continue the theme! In case you don't know, mochi is a Japanese sweet rice cake made with glutinous sweet rice flour. It has a chewy texture, and has many uses! It can be used to make sweets, or even be used in soup. It's very versatile.
Pocky is basically biscuit sticks covered with different flavours of icing. My favourites are matcha and strawberry.
Ramune is a very interesting drink- it is a Japanese soft drink with a unique opening! To open, you have to push down on the ball stopper with the tool provided. A very interesting drink! It comes in many flavours- my favourites are peach and strawberry.
Finally there's melon soda, with a very sweet, unique taste that I love. 

What do you think about the foods I mentioned above? Which one's your favourite, which one would you like to try? Feel free to comment and let me know!

Hyper Japan

This year, Hyper Japan took place at Olympia London, from the 15th-17th July. I was looking forward to it for so long, and it passed so quickly! I had a lot of fun nonetheless. I recommend that anyone interested in Japan attends at some point! 

I attended on the Saturday first session, I got there early and the queue went very quickly. There were lots of different areas and stalls. There were anime and gaming stalls, but I didn't really visit them. There were several live performances throughout, I managed to see some of the nihon buyo dance, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The kimono of the performers were really beautiful, as was the dance itself! The dancers performed with grace. I spent the time wandering around the stalls, which were all very interesting! There was a wide range of Japanese candy and cute gifts available at Tofu Cute, which was one of my favourite stalls. I bought a peach Ramune soda and some matcha mochi there. I also bought a panda sandwich making kit. Next to it was Dreamy Bows, which was heaven as it had so much fashion- sadly they didn't have anything I really wanted, but I did buy some really lovely shoes when I came back later ^-^ I might have looked around a bit more, there were so many cute things! They had a few beauty products too, such as Japanese false eyelashes.

Also downstairs there was a wide range of kimono, it was all very stunning! There was even a 3-hour kimono rental. There were also stalls selling traditional Japanese gifts, such as Doki Japanese Tableware where I bought a few gifts. I bought a red feng shui maneki neko for my dad. It is meant to be placed in the south of the room. In case you don't know, to summarize, feng shui relies on placing differently coloured objects in different parts of the room, for different types of luck. For instance, a green object would need to be placed in the east, to bring health.  I saw traditional wagashi as well as kokeshi dolls and uchiwa fans on sale at various stalls. I bought an uchiwa fan, because it got hot as the event progressed!

Upstairs was where most of the food was, there was bubble tea, shaved ice (though it hasn't opened yet when I was there) and taoyaki, rice boxes and more! I bought a matcha latte at a bubble tea stall.
There was also a range of interesting stalls, such as a stall dedicated to pandas! Of course, I loved that stall and bought a lilac panda purse there. I contemplated buying a panda shirt, but it wasn't really my style. A nearby stall had a selection of cute tees and dresses. I bought a Lizmelo tee there, I think it would look great in Fairy Kei! 
There was a wide selection of adorable accessories and stationery and gifts in the upstairs stalls, as well as some fashion stalls. There was one stall at which I bought a strawberry skirt with lace trim, and pink and white striped socks with macarons. 
Roxie Sweetheart had really adorable clothing and accessories, I love the unique aesthetic combining creepy with cuteness! 
Stalls such as Something Kawaii, Artbox and Tofu Cute had lots of little gifts, such as pens and notebooks. I bought a few pens, because I just couldn't resist! 
There was also a kanzashi stall called Kikuya Kanzashi. All the kanzashi are inspired by the geiko and maiko of Japan and are handmade! The petals are folded using a technique that resembles origami, creating tsumami kanzashi. I bought a small kanzashi ornament, which reminds me of cherry blossoms ^-^

Overall, I really enjoyed Hyper Japan. Whether you enjoy games, anime, culture, fashion or food... there's something for everyone! It is a very fun event and you will learn a lot. You will have the opportunity to witness elements of Japanese culture, every year is different but there are performances like nihon buyo, tea ceremony, martial arts... it's an amazing experience! There is also the opportunity to try a wide variety of Japanese food, and to immerse yourself in modern pop culture. 

Here is what I bought! ^-^
Green tea latte I got at a bubble tea stall ^-^

Peach ramune soda I bought at Tofu Cute. The wrapper is so adorable!

The purple shoes I bought at Dreamy Bows ^-^ They took a while to break in, but they're comfortable now :D

The Lizmelo tee I bought ^-^ It fits me very well, and is ideal for Fairy Kei!

The three adorable pens I bought. The two on the left were purchased at Tofu Cute, the one on the right was bought at Something Kawaii. I write a lot, so maybe I should have bought a few more pens >_>

The uchiwa fan I bought at Doki Japanese Tableware!  It is very effective,  especially considering how hot it is in Poland at the moment. Uchiwa fans are essential for summer ^_^
I am really happy I purchased those socks,  I love the macarons and bows. Some socks were on my Hyper Japan wishlist,  so I'm glad I bought them. 
I love pandas and pocky, so panda pocky is the perfect combination! There are no real pandas involved,  it's cookies and cream flavour.  The packaging is so adorable, I couldn't resist! 
This perfect strawberry skirt!  A strawberry skirt or dress was on my Hyper Japan wishlist too, so the second I saw this skirt I bought it regardless of the price ^_^ The print is super adorable,  and the lace trim is really soft and pretty. There is also an elastic waistband. 
I bought this at Kikuya Kanzashi,  it's very pretty and perfect for any occasion. I love the fact that it's handmade, that way it's very unique ^_^
Mochi is one of my favourite foods,  and I also love green tea. When I saw this at Tofu Cute, I instantly bought it (for a very good price, too) and I loved it. I wish I bought another box! 
This really cute panda sandwich making set! I absolutely love it, even my sandwiches reflect my love for pandas! 

Have a lovely day! 
~LilacBlossom

2 comments:

  1. Is the red bean daifuku kinda like korean red bean buns? cause I absolutely loove those, plus green tea latte really are the best! this reminds me of a local culture fest they have close to me, I go every year last time I got a really pretty parasol which I had someone ink my name on I love it so much:D by the way thanks for commenting on my blog I love yours as well especially the curser and music, makes me feel like im in a different world while reading. You have gained a new reader and keep up what your doing!!

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    1. Hi there! <3
      Thank you for commenting ^-^
      I've never heard of Korean red bean buns before, but I've just looked them up and they do seem similar to red bean daifuku. Green Tea Latte is great, I just published a recipe for it in case you'd like to make it at home! That culture fest also seems very interesting ^^ I'm glad you like my blog! :D
      -LilacBlossom

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