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HYPER JAPAN was great fun and demonstrated that the event is very keen to improve and expand every year. The many exhibitors and stalls were packed solid with enthusiastic fans and the venue swiftly reached capacity.

The event this year also marked the UK live performance debut of KANON WAKESHIMA who proved to be very, very popular indeed. J-Pop Go was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to conduct a brief interview with Kanon after her thrilling performance on Saturday. More inside »

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HYPER JAPAN takes place next week featuring a wealth of Japanese cultural events and ideas including food, culture, music, cosplay and more.

Amongst the events scheduled for the HYPER JAPAN weekend is a series of live performances by the talented KANON WAKESHIMA. Taking up the cello at the age of 3, Wakeshima established herself as a performer while still at school and landed a contract with the DefStar Records label when she was 18. Her debut release was the single Still Doll taken from the anime series Vampire Knight.

Wakeshima attracted the interest of Mana of Malice Mizer who swiftly moved into the role of producer for her work. She was also nominated for a Best Newcomer award for 2008 in the annual Shojo Beat Music Awards.

Playing of a variety of cellos (each of which have their own individual names) Wakeshima has also recently formed a group with An Cafe's bassist Kanon called KanonxKanon. The group recorded the song Koi no Doutei which was later made the OP for the new anime 30-sai no Hoken Taiiku. The group will sing the second theme song for the forthcoming anime Shiki called Calendula Requiem.

HYPER JAPAN 2011 will be held on Friday 22 July, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July 2011 at Olympia Two in London. More details: www.hyperjapan.co.uk

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J-Pop Go will be making an appearance at Saturday's LOLITA IN WONDERLAND II : LOLITA THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS event on Saturday May the 14th in Bethnal Green, London.

This is a full day event running from 1pm until late dedicated to celebrating Lolita fashion and its offshoots. During the day there will be fashion shows, art exhibition, films and talks, tea and cake, fun and games! Plus a special sales area with Lolita bazaar, clothing stalls and bring & buy sale!

In the evening there will be a Lolita club night with Japanese pop music, a full bar, performances and more. There will also be a photo booth for you to get professional pics, refreshments and a full bar.

DJ Genkiboi will be on hand to provide J-Pop Goodness during the day event.

For more information, please visit: http://loli-wonderland.livejournal.com/

LOLITA IN WONDERLAND II : LOLITA THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
Date: Saturday, 14th May 2011
Time: 13:00 - 18:00 Day Of Lolita
Time: 20:00 - Late Evening 'Tea Party'
Resistance Gallery, Bethnal Green, London E2 9RF
Tickets: £5 (before 6pm), £8 (after)

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The AID FOR JAPAN event is a fundraising event organised by Akemi Solloway designed to raise funds to assist the children and orphans of the recent tragedy in Japan. The recent Earthquake-Tsunami event in Japan has caused an emotional impact around the world. As a Japanese lecturer and organiser of the Japanese Art Festival, Akemi Solloway felt compelled to help. The result is AID FOR JAPAN.

Aid For Japan takes place on 15th May 2011 at Conway Hall and will feature two separate both a day event and an evening event. The Day Event features stage performances, demonstrations, cultural talks and workshops. Among the attractions will be martial arts displays, Cosplay Show, Taiko drumming, lectures, a range of workshops including Manga and Calligraphy lessons and traditional Japanese music performances. Japanese food and drink will also be available.

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A separate Evening Event features live bands, performances and DJ sets for a whole evening°s entertainment. Treats for the night include live shows from iMMa, Dobly and Saara Takase. We have a performance from AK48 tribute act LDN48 and lots of J-Pop goodness with sets from J-Pop Go.

For more information, please visit: www.aidforjapan.co.uk

AID FOR JAPAN
Date: Sunday, 15th May 2011
Time: 10:00 - 16:30 (Day Event)
Time: 18:30 - 23:00 (Evening Event)
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tickets: £8 (in advance), £10 (on the door)

J-Pop Go at Heart Japan!

17th April 2011

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Heart Japan will be featuring the J-Pop Go team on DJ duties for the evening in the shape of DJ Yamada and DJ Genkiboi. Expect a variety of J-Pop, Anime tunes and Game themes in the mix along with a few contemporary chart tunes. The playlists will feature an assortment of our favourite players including Arashi, Perfume, Rip Slyme, FLOW, KOTOKO, UVERworld, Tommy February6, capsule, Puffy, Ai Otsuka, HALCALI, Lady Gaga, KAT-KUN, Morning Musume, Cargo, Katy Perry, Hatsune Miku, Utada Hikaru, Berryz Koubo, Ayumi Hamasaki + More!

This event is designed to raise funds for the Tohoku Earthquake Fund following the tragedy of the March 11th Earthquake in Japan, so please show your support by joining us on the night :-)

No dress code, but cosplay or Japanese fashion is encouraged!

Tickets available via: www.heartjapan.org.uk

Heart Japan J-Pop / Anime Fundraiser
Date: Wednesday, 20th April 2011
Time: 18:30 - 23:00
Venue: Vibe Bar, Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
Tickets: £7.50 (in advance), £9 (on the door)
Age limit: 18+

www.heartjapan.org.uk

Heart Japan!

13th April 2011

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In response to the ongoing tragedy surrounding the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, this month, anime, J-Pop and Japanese fashion fan groups from around the country have decided to get together and create Heart Japan - parties in aid of the Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund.

The main event is taking place at the Vibe Bar, in the heart of London's Brick Lane on the 20 April. Heart Japan is registering its events with Play for Japan and all profits will be donated to the Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund, a charity set up by the Japan Society to directly fund the relief and rebuilding effort in Japan.

Anime and J-Pop societies from across the UK, as well as famous author Helen McCarthy, have pooled their resources to create a exciting evening of music, performance and live art! Guests at the London event can look forward to:

Live Bands and DJs

Playing the best in J-Pop, J-Rock and Anime themes, organized by the Grand Cosplay Ball and J-Pop Go! Performances will include an dance routine and ota-gei performance by all-Japanese idol tribute group, LDN48!

Live Manga Art

Experience big-screen anime visuals, or join in with our giant drawing wall! Manga portraits and commissions will be available from Kelly Kimber and artist group Umisen Yamasen, with all profits going to charity.

Charity Auction

Up for auction is an original artwork by Scott Pilgrim artist, Bryan Lee O'Malley amongst other items! There will also be a charity raffle with prizes including DVDs courtesy of MVM, CDs from Erased Tapes, £30 of Wagamama vouchers and £150 of t-shirts from Uniqlo's anime range!

Cosplay Portrait photo booth

Cosplay Portrait will be running a cosplay photo booth, with all profits donated to charity!

Cupcakes and maids and lolitas, oh my!

Sample delectable cakes and fancies in the caf’ area, all made by the Heart Japan committee and a group of London lolitas! The caf’ will be manned by the lolitas, together with maids from Oh My Lord! Maid caf’! There will also be a fashion show during the evening, showcasing the best Lolita brands, straight from Japan.

No dress code, but cosplay or Japanese fashion is encouraged!

For more information, please visit: www.heartjapan.org.uk

Heart Japan J-Pop / Anime Fundraiser
Date: Wednesday, 20th April 2011
Time: 18:30 - 23:00
Venue: Vibe Bar, Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
Tickets: £7.50 (in advance), £9 (on the door)
Age limit: 18+

www.heartjapan.org.uk

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Anime, J-Pop and Japanese fashion fan groups from around the country have decided to get together and create Heart Japan - parties in aid of the of the Japanese Earthquake Fund!

The main event is taking place on 20th April at Vibe Bar in the heart of London's Brick Lane.

Heart Japan is registering its events with Play for Japan (and all profits will be donated to the Tohoku Earthquake Fund, a charity set up by the Japan Society to directly fund the relief and rebuilding effort in Japan.

Heart Japan partygoers at the London event can look forward to:

  • J-Pop / J-Rock DJs (courtesy of J-Pop Go!)
  • Live Bands (courtesy of the Grand Cosplay Ball) Manga Portraits by Umisen Yamasen
  • Live Manga Wall
  • Puri Kura / Cosplay Photo Booth (by Cosplay Portrait)
  • Bake Sale / Cafe Area with waitresses dressed in lolita fashion
  • Lolita Fashion Show
  • Sweet Sixteens authentic Japanese maids performance
  • Raffle & Charity Auction
  • Goody Bags for ticket holders
  • .......and more!

Affordable drinks, homemade pizza and cakes, and a selection of bar food will be available at the venue.

No dress code but cosplay, lolita or Japanese fashion is encouraged! The Vibe Bar has a beautiful art deco "indoor greenhouse" area which is fantastic for photo shoots!

Other supporting organisations and companies include Bristol Cosplay Club Night, Animeleague, Anime UK News, Coscraft and Helen McCarthy - more added daily!

More information:

www.heartjapan.org.uk

www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=173517922699647

www.playforjapan.com

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The AID FOR JAPAN event is being coordianted by Akemi Solloway and is designed to raise funds to help the survivors of the recent tragedy.

The event will take place on 15th May Conway Hall and will feature stage performances, demonstrations, cultural talks, kimono fashion show, Japanese music and more.

AID FOR JAPAN is currently being organised and many events and performances are subject to change. This is the current schedule includes:

Japan Aid presentations

  • Eye witness accounts of the Tsunami and their thoughts and feelings
  • Photo montage of the damage and people
  • Tectonic plate explanation of the cause of the earthquake and scientific explanation of what happened (with pictures)
  • Remembering the 1995 Kobe earthquake
  • Showing the film when the volunteers are in Japan in April

Culture topic performances

  • Tea Ceremony
  • "Sweet" stories - eg. Hachicho the dog, Sakura in Japanese society, Japanese festival (with pictures)
  • Shinto talk and Shinto origin story of how Japan was created.
  • Kimono fashion show
  • "Shibuya and Harajuku" fashion show & Cosplay show
  • Japanese rock band and pop music band
  • The violin, Shakuhachi, Shamisen, Taiko, etc
  • Raffle - prizes

Japanese food and drink will also be available for attendees to buy on the day.

Workshops

  • Food tasting workshop
  • Manga drawing workshop

More details on this event will be made available soon.

More information:

www.aidforjapan.co.uk

Akemi's Japanese Assistance Trip

On the 18th April through to 24th April Akemi Solloway is also planning a special trip to the Kyoto and Tokyo areas of Japan to lend assistance to the refugee children there. She welcomes volunteers from the UK to accompany her.

Details on this trip are available on Facebook via this link: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=158997784157679

Akemi Solloway's Website:
www.akemisolloway.com

Support For Japan

16th March 2011

The recent tragedy in Japan has shocked everyone and our hearts go out to all those who have lost friends or family.

The event has managed to also unite people in a bid to help in whatever way possible. There are already plans for events to help raise funds for the charities involved to help those that need it most. J-Pop Go is proud to be of some assistance to one of those events and we will be posting up more information in due course.

Meanwhile, please use the links below to show support - or if you have friends and family that you are worried about.

Japanese Red Cross
www.jrc.or.jp/english/index.html

Google Crisis Response:
Includes links to Japanese Red Cross, useful telephone numbers, FAQ, resources and donation links. www.google.com/crisisresponse/japanquake2011.html

Google Person Finder:
http://japan.person-finder.appspot.com/?lang=en

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