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The culture that's on a permanent sugar rush
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Sushi, martial arts, advanced robotics, and people dressed as furry animals. Yes, you have entered the wacky world of Japan. The Japanese have an unusual,mix of ancient tradition versus technological genius, of pure beauty and elegance versus the pure madness of manga. There are so many contrasts, yet everything about their culture fits together seamlessly. You could not imagine them without the sun goddess Amaterasu, but just as equally, you could not imagine a Japan without the dungaree-wearing plumber, Mario.

Between the 26th-28th July, you can experience all the wonder that makes up this eclectic culture at Earls Court, which is hosting Hyper Japan 2013.


With food courts, cooking demonstrations, and lots of free samples, you'll be able to Eat Japan in style. Join them for a Sake Experience, where you will be able to taste and learn about a variety of drinks, as well as attend seminars, participate in polls, and enter a prize draw. After that, help determine the winner of the Sushi Awards, in which five top restaurants will compete for the title.


A pocky stick a day helps you work, rest, and play. Get down to some serious gaming with Nintendo, where there will be all sorts of consoles and hand-helds to try out. There will also be card trading tournaments such as Pokemon and Yu-gi-oh, and dont forget to come dressed as your favourite Anime or Manga character for the Cosplay Parade.


If you are more interested in the ancient traditions of Japan, then why not watch some sword fighting demonstrations, join in some craft workshops, listen to musicians, and admire the beautiful garments on sale.


Always innovative, and making pioneering advancements in technology, join some of Japan's leading scientists on their study into the world of robotics.

Tickets to the show are 15 at the door or 24 for all three days; you can also get in for 8 if arriving after 4m. Kids under ten go free.
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When: 26th-28th July
Where: Earls Court
Cost: 8-24
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