Japan Underground @ Hyper Japan! (From 22-24 July)

We'll be interviewing Kanon Wakeshima live on stage at Hyper Japan!

Japan Underground makes a return to the convention circuit, this time with a booth at Hyper Japan, the UK’s biggest J-culture party! Taking place from Friday 22-24 July at Kensington’s Olympia Two (click here for a map), the event showcases the very best Japan has to offer in terms of cuisine, culture and darn right coolness. Just some of the things on offer which we’re personally excited about include the official UK Sushi Awards (we like our food!), award winning manzai comedy from Japanese duo JaruJaru, fashion from the likes of lolita brands Baby, the Stars Shine Bright and Alice and the Pirates and the first UK performance from Kanon Wakeshima, the multi talented music prodigy produced from visual kei visionary Mana!

We’ll be there with our booth selling Japanese music singles, albums, EPs, DVDs, Tshirts and magazines – come by and have a browse, or just a chat about music from Japan!  Plus! We’re very honoured to have been asked to join the panel for the Kanon Wakeshima Talk Show on Friday, and to conduct the interview with Kanon live on stage throughout the weekend. Very exciting stuff! See you all there!

You can read Tom Smith’s feature (Japan Underground’s founder and resident DJ) on Kanon Wakeshima on the Manga UK blog. Our booth will also sell the very special charity EP Mother, featuring Jpop stars Naomi Suzuki, Ayako Nakanomori, Mari Natsuki and Yuki Koyanagi from our recent charity concert Japan, We’ve Not Forgotten You in London. All proceeds from the CD will go to charity.

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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.

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