REPORT : HYPER JAPAN 2014

hyper3It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to state that the summer HYPER JAPAN had an insanely packed schedule.

Perhaps the biggest surprise was the presence of ASOBISYSTEM at Hyper Japan this year. Best known for developing KYARY PAMYU PAMYU, the Japanese outfit has also been expanding its musical heritage via the likes of UNA, TEMPURA KIDZ and YUN*CHI. For their UK debut, the Asobi team brought a team of models as well as YUN*CHI and ANNA YANO (making her UK debut). More Inside  »

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AN INTERVIEW WITH SCARLETT YOUNG

1555394_244625869047445_672058633_nSCARLETT YOUNG is best known for winning the UK Kawaii Star contest at Hyper Japan in 2011 and singing on Japanese TV show Nodojiman The World in 2013.

A member of UK outfit Oishii!Ichigo and MK Dance Group, Scarlett also performs solo at a broad range of UK events, including Japan Matsuri and LAC with her renditions of songs from popular anime such as Toaru Kagaku no Railgun and Macross Frontier. She took time out with J-Pop Go to chat about dance groups, anime and all points inbetween… More Inside  »

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HYPER JAPAN EVENTS AND HIGHLIGHTS

HJ2014_logos_olYet another HYPER JAPAN is almost upon us, so let’s take some time to see what the UK’s biggest convention of J-culture has in store for attendees this year.

First of all, you’ll be pleased to know that J-Pop Go will have a table at Hyper Japan as part of their Fringe Market section. We’re on table F20 where we’ll be selling some of our new J-Pop Go T-Shirts, prints, stickers and badges as well as a selection of Die Milch CDs. So come and say “Hello!”.

Musical guests this year include YUN*CHI, MAYUCO, NAGI YANAGI, ANNA YANO and ISHIGURO CHIHIRO amongst others… More Inside  »

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BABYMETAL LIVE IN LONDON

babymetal3BABYMETAL’s appearance at the Sonisphere festival had sparked a lot of interest amongst UK J-Pop fans – but in the process had also apparently won over a lot of our resident rock and metal fans.

Although some determined souls made the trek to Knebworth for the festival, others were a little daunted by the ticket price, so the follow-up announcement that BABYMETAL were to perform a standalone gig in London was welcome news. As with previous Japanese artists the original venue of choice (Camden’s Electric Ballroom) swiftly sold out encouraging a trade up to the larger Forum up the road. More Inside  »

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J-POP GO SOCIAL THIS SUNDAY

pika3We’re holding our first J-POP GO SOCIAL on Sunday 20th July in London.

If you’re interested in having a drink with fellow J-Pop fans and discussing the finer points of Kyary’s latest release, Perfume’s plans or Babymetal’s explosive UK gig, then this is the event for you.

The venue of choice will be the Coach and Horses pub, 1 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7HG and things start around 7pm. There’s no entry charge for this event.

There’s also a handy Facebook event page where you can get up to date info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1425833334356

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