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Japanese tradition and art shines a light on East London
Winter is the season of light, though it seems the opposite after the clocks go back. But, with the arrival of October and chilly evenings, fairy-lights get switched on in houses, Bonfire Night displays of fireworks illuminate skies nationwide, and right at this very moment, the big switch-on of Christmas lights across London is happening.

For the first time ever, Hyper Japan, the UK's biggest celebration of Japanese culture and cuisine, is bringing the festival of light 'ILLUMINIGHT', to East London.
Hyper Japan website

From 24th - 26th November, ILLUMINIGHT will see traditional Japanese 'akari' lantern crafts being given a modern makeover by upcoming artists.

This shining spectacular will showcase piece of Japanese craft art that have a history in Japanese 'matsuri' festivals. Hyper Japan will blend these ancient traditions with the latest in light and visual technology to create a truly mesmerising display.
Hyper Japan website

ILLUMINIGHT marks the first time that installations of this scale, featuring up-and-coming Japanese artists, will have been brought to the UK.

Visitors to Hyper Japan will also be able to see the Ukiyo-e Gallery, commonly known as 'pictures of the floating world'. These are a well-known part of Japanese culture, and digital technology will bring the prints to life at ILLUMINIGHT, showcasing them as they would have looked 200 years ago.
Hyper Japan website

Hyper Japan returns for a 7th year in 2017, continuing to bring a taste of Japanese tradition as well as the latest trends to London.

Tickets for Friday and Saturday (before 2.30pm) cost 15 per person. Tickets for Sunday and Saturday afternoon (after 2.30pm) are priced at 17 per person.

The Tobacco Dock,
Tobacco Quay,
Wapping Lane
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Why? A taste of Japanese culture in London
When: 24-26 November 2017
Where: The Tobacco Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London E1W 2DA
Cost: £15-£17
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