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Hyper Japan Shop London

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Hyper Japan London

Hyper Japan is a well known exhibition fair held ever year in London. The fair celebrates everything Japanese, from the traditional to ultra modern, all can found at the fair. The fair has become very popular and if you have a love or just a little interest in Japan, it’s well worth a visit. The next fair is to be held in the summer of 2014.

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Hyper Japan shop

Hyper Japan has now opened it’s first shop as of the end of oktober 2013. Its located in the Camden stables market area in London. The shop, being its first, is a small shop. But content is growing. Since its a very new shop, I’m sure the stock will grow and try the market to see what sells. On our visit the shop had a lot of kawaii goods. A lot of stuff we had only seen in Japan or on the internet before, and rarely found in local shops around London. Some of the stuff we found was a collection of the J-pop princess Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – a mixture of her CDs, DVDs, t-shirts and more. We also found stuff from Tofu Cute, a selection of Japanse sweets, a selection plush alpacas (the ones you see all over Tokyo), t-shirts and bags too.

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As you see, the shop has a good selection of products which I’m sure will improve even more as time goes by. Walking into the shop gives the feeling of walking in to a little Japanse shop in Tokyo, seeing all the goods available for ourchase. Nowadays when we are in London we jot from shop to shop, like Japan Centre, Art Box, China Town and now recently we have added the Hyper Japan shop to our list of some of the shops we will keep visiting in the future. If you are in London and love things from Japan, then this store is well worth visiting.

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Shop Info

Finding the shop took us a little time at first, since we always seem to get lost around all the small shops in Camden. But after looking on a map we ended up finding it. Please check out the map and shop information below, and also check with their site for the up to date information on opining times and more.

******* From the 24th jan 2014 the shop has closed down *****************

Adress: Stall 713, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH
Opening times: 10:00am – 6:00pm, Wednesdays to Sundays (times are on trail)
Websitehttp://www.hyperjapan.co.uk (for shop info klick tab righthand side of page)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hyperjapan

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Why So Japan loves Pintrest

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Follow us on Pintrest!

Why so Japan is now on Pinterest! We will use our Pinterest account in a couple of different ways. First you will able to keep up with all the updates from the blog directly by following our Pinteres account. We will also be pinning all thing Japanese – from music and food to fashion and more.

You can find the latest pins from us via the blog (on the lower righthand side of the site) or you can click directly to our account via this link here: http://www.pinterest.com/whysojapan/





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Panorama photos of Tokyo

Panorama photos of Tokyo

I’ve seen lots of panorama photos before and I’ve taken a few of my own while in Japan (and other places that I’ve been to around the world). Most of them have been taken with a smartphone that gives you a simple way of catching your very own panorama view of whats in front of you. But I’ve never ever taken a gigapixel panorama photo and I doubt I ever will, because you need to own some very expensive camera equipment. Thats what’s great with 360cities, they’ve done the hard work for us viewers. Taking the photo is just the beginning of taking a 360° panoramal. It’s also all the work in front of the computer that probably takes a lot of time.

The company behind these very popular gigapixel photos is 360cities.net. There have take lots of gigapixel photos in different places around the world, but the two I would like to share with you are both taken in Tokyo.

Tokyo tower

The first panorama was taken from on top of the Tokyo Tower. The photo was taken in September of 2012 and it gives you a great 360° panorama photo from the top of the tower all over the city.
Link to the Tokyo Tower panorama: http://360gigapixels.com/tokyo-tower-panorama-photo/

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Roppongi Hills Mori Tower

The second panorama is also a 360° photo and it was taken from Roppongi Hills Mori Tower. It was also shot in September of 2012 and it also gives you a great view of Tokyo from high up.
Link to the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower: http://360gigapixels.com/tokyo-gigapixel-roppongi-hills-mori-tower/

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Both of the panorama photos give you a high quality picture, so high that you can see people going about their normal day to day life on the streets. It’s fun to scan the photos for intressting things going on around in Tokyo on the day(s) of the photos.

Check out http://360gigapixels.com/ for more around the world. Some of the other places that can be found on 360gigapixels.com are London, Czech capital city of Prague, The Great Barrier Reef in Australia and more.

 





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Japanese TV Adverts #8

Here’s another update of Japanese TV adverts. This update starts with a 1 minute long advert for the mobile phone company AU, which features different places in Tokyo, and another advert for a Disney mobile which I’ve only really seen in Japan (maybe something Disney will contuse with to the rest of the world). Oh, and a talking panda, of course!

Please check out this YouTube user for more adverts: http://www.youtube.com/user/JPCMHD  Also check out older posts with Japanese TV adverts under the media category to the right of this post.





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Brighton Japan Festival 2013

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Brighton Japan festival

About a month ago the Brighton Japan Festival was held in seaside town of Brighton, which is on the southcoast of UK. The festival started about 5 years ago with just a one day event, but has now grown into a 10 day festival. This year the event ran from 13/09 – 22/09. The festival ran both in the daytime and in the evening too. The festival was mainly set out around rock gardens, which close to most parts of central Brighton.

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Festival

The festival is a mixture of all things Japanese – from music, culture and food to kawaii and more. If its Japanese, it probably could be found, one way or another, at the festival. The festival was first started by the Brighton & Hove Japanese Club, which once was a very small event, compared to now being one of the major Japanese culture events on the south coast. It is very parent now that Japanese culture is having a bigger and bigger effect on the rest of the world these days, with more and more of Japanese culture reaching to different countries all around the world.

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Events

The festival had a mixture of events, some you had to buy a ticket to get access to and some were free of charge. In the way of music, there were nights dedicatied to j-rock music, with bands like Esprit D’Air, Colors Of Fire and Fate. Most of the bands are based outside of Japan, but still brought the j-rock theme to the event. There was also a Harajuku night with artists No Cars, Erika and Kero Kero Bonito playing into the night.

The festival had a Taiko drumming performance (from one of the most well known taiko groups in the UK), cover songs from Brighton’s very own Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (Fume) and Kids Dancers too. There was a Japanese horror movie night (which was held on Friday the 13th), a big Japanese fashion show, lots of food and a big market selling all things Japanese. The list goes on. If you’re into Japanese cultureIm sure you would find something of your liking at the festival.
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The following video was found on this Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/HDViewin

Links to Brighton Japan Festival:
Offical homepage: http://www.brightonjapan.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BrightonJapanFestival?fref=ts

Photos courtesy of: Clarissa

 





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