matsuri1Keep your diary free for September as the JAPAN MATSURI makes a return appearance to Trafalgar Square, London. The annual event features a variety of stage performances, singers, Japanese food, stalls and much more!

Part of the theme for this year’s Japan Matsuri is yuru-kyara or mascots – a popular method of Japanese towns and cities to promote themselves. The Japan Matsuri will be showcasing this very particular side of Japanese culture as Naomi Suzuki leads The Yurukyara Show ® – a special performance show encouraging attendees to sing and dance with the mascots. More Inside  »

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IMG_5262Among the new visitors to Hyper Japan in 2014 was ANNA YANO who began her career modelling and has since branched out into music, singing ‘Shape My Story’ – the opening theme to the anime Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3.

Anna also collaborated with Kz (livetune) for the opening theme to Magica Wars. We were fortunate to catch her backstage at Hyper Japan for a brief interview… More Inside  »

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mayuco_promoStudying fine arts at university, MAYUCO developed an interest in music in the paintings she produced. Her name means “a child in the cocoon” and her unique ethereal vocals have a warm appeal that reveal an abstract world.

An early adopter of digital distribution, her music has been used on Japanese television and she’s also worked with artists from all around the world. Her latest release is the album Vista Bouquet and she kindly took time out to chat to J-Pop Go at Hyper Japan… More Inside  »

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One of Hyper Japan’s guests in 2014 was NAGI YANAGI, the J-Pop singer who rose to fame via the doujin music scene in Japan, particularly for her work with the legendary supercell.

Nagi had originally began her career under various guises such as Gazelle and CorLeonis and also worked with Jun Maeda of Key. More recently, she’s clocked up a series of anime theme tune contributions, notably for Black Bullet and Jormungand, and released her first major album Euaru in 2013.

Nagi (who now styles herself as ‘yanaginagi’) was making her UK debut at Hyper Japan and kindly took time out to answer a few questions… More Inside  »

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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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