The largest celebration of Japanese pop culture in the UK will be swinging into gear next weekend at the Olympia London and we’ll be at the event to take the pulse on Hyper Japan as it hits a new milestone.
As well as a slew of anime, gaming, kawaii and Japanese cultural experiences; this year’s festival sees the return of COSTest, a competitive cosplay competition held on the Sunday of the event which celebrates the skills of those cosplayers who go the extra mile to make bespoke costumes that show their love for their characters.
Not only will we grabbing a word with attendees, stall holders and trying our best to squeeze out any relevant inside info., we’ve lined up interviews with both Hirokatsu Kihara and Azumi Inoue who’ve worked intimately with Studio Ghibli and we’ll be asking them about their time with the infamous studio, anime in general and the direction they see the industry heading.
Kihara was involved with the production desk at Studio Ghibli and with the hit anime Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbour Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Nowadays he writes ghost stories and MCs at monster conventions. His most famous work is Tales of Terror: Haunted Apartment, and has been a crucial contributor to many other hits in this genre.
Azumi first gained notice as the singer of the end theme for Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli animation movie, Laputa: Castle In The Sky with “Carrying You”. Performing as a singer on many early Studio Ghibli movies, she is known for such favorites as the opening and end themes for My Neighbor Totoro: “Stroll” and “My Neighbor Totoro” ; and incidental music for Kiki’s Delivery Service: “Changing Seasons” and “Maho No Nukumori”. In addition to movie theme songs, she has also performed theme songs for local authorities, classic songs from school textbooks, as well as the official theme song for Peter Rabbit. Her voice and music is loved by people from all generations.
If you’ve got any questions you’d like us to ask then drop us a message through our contact us page or on our social media accounts. The weekend is sure to be fun filled (fingers crossed for good weather) and we really are looking forward to snapping, meeting and chatting with as many of you as we can over the days.
Hyper Japan 2016 takes place at the Olympia Grand in London on Friday 15th – Sunday 17th July. For tickets and more on this year’s event, head over to Hyper Japan’s site here.