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Japan Underground Launch Party Hitting London 17 November

The new club night in London offers the full Japanese entertainment experience on 17 November with bands, DJs, video games, karaoke, purikura and more from the land of the rising sun!

Japan Underground aims to bring the buzz of Tokyo’s alternative nightlife to England, and will be teaming up with several of the UK’s biggest sources of Japanese entertainment to achieve it.

The opening party, running from 7pm-2am, will be loosely themed on Japan’s massively popular feudal brawler franchise Sengoku Basara. Video game giants Capcom will bring the latest game Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings to the event, while Manga Entertainment will screen the forthcoming anime series on the venue’s cinema. Music from the game and anime will also be DJed throughout the night along with the biggest tunes from Japan’s pop, rock, visual kei, urban and underground scenes, plus remixes from video games such as Street Fighter, Final Fantasy and more.

To further the Japanese party experience, On Board Karaoke will be uprooting from its home in Earls Court and bring its authentic Japanese karaoke experience to the Japan Underground party. Their karaoke machines have over 130,000 songs packed with the latest songs from Japan, including well known anime, video game and TV theme tunes as well as songs from the rest of the world.

And what Japanese party is complete without purikura for a lasting momento! Purikura refers to the photo booths in Japan that allow users to customise the photos with crazy backgrounds, quirky effects and fun text. Photography firm Cosplay Portrait will be offering a purikura-like service as well as professional regular photo shoots using their lights and studio setup. All photos will be printed at the event for instant purchase.

There will also be live bands from Japan. Visual kei solo artist HITT will be performing a headlining slot at the event as part of his European tour, and electro-pop duo 10 (“The zaniest experimental music in Asia” – TimeOut) will provide support. There will also be a special DJ set from HITT, where he will play an exclusive selection of his favourite tracks from his home country, as well as a J-pop set  from Retro Gamer columnist, TV comedian/presenter and Absolute Radio DJ Iain Lee , and a heavy set of visual kei, J-dance and punk from Japanese music journalist Tom Smith.

Japan Underground’s opening party will take place at the King Pin suite of Bloomsbury – a two minute walk from Russell Square Station and situated between Kings Cross and Holborn. (map)

A select number of tickets are available now for £5 from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/92888. Tickets will also be available for £6 on the door – Cosplayers and flyer-holders get in for £5. All tickets purchased in advance will be entered into a prize draw to win a copy of visual kei band The GazettE’s FILM BUG II DVD, courtesy of CLJ Records.

Come along and rock London, Japanese style!!

Ticket can be bought by clicking the banner below, and entitle you to our prize draw for The GazettE’s FILM BUG II DVD!


About Tom Smith
Some say he's fuelled on nothing but energy drinks, and that when he visits Japan, he spends the whole time engaging the ground in an all too familiar way. But what we do know is that his words on the country's entertainment and culture find their way into NEO Magazine on a monthly basis, while everything else finds its way here. Be it quirky news item from the Land of the Rising Sun, or a story so gruesome it'd be rude not to pass it on, you'll find it here along with his general posts about life, work and most importantly play. And yes, he has had articles printed in the likes of MCV, GamesMaster, 360 Gamer and more, thanks for noticing.


  1. anyone looking to get hold of releases from White or 10 or other experimental artists throughout Asia can head to my distro and releases at http://www.tenzenmen.com. i license and distribute especially for the region

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  3. Jason Mann says:

    hey guys

    did you see the news bit I did? http://britotaku.co.uk/?p=259

    shaping up to be a killer night out!


  4. Ray Ray says:

    AH! I can’t wait for this it’s going to be such a good night, I’m going to buy my tickets on the door I was too late for the special £5 ticket offer T^T

  5. DjLimiT says:

    hey check me out Dj LimiT remix what u think LISTEN AND BECOME A FAN HYPE’ Music…… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ardVnhLIdN4 stay tune more Mix comin

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