After a successful family visit to Hyper Japan on my birthday last year, I knew we could not miss their summer festival. We rocked up for 10 am on Saturday 15th July to the festival.  The car park was already packed out. Patrons had begun to get creative in their parking choices. Hubby has driven us in my tiny Polo, so we were able to find a spot that we could squeeze into. Once inside the vibe was I pleased we have made the journey. As last time it was a very chilled out fun vibe. It was extravaganza of colour and artistry. The aroma of the foods sizzling was making our mouths water. There was so much to see and do, from Saki Tasting to crafts. Hyper Japan’s summer festival was a great family day out and a wonderful way to usher in the summer holidays.

There’s nothing like a sunny summer’s day in London. Descending on Hyper Japan was the place to enjoy all the vibrancy that summer has to offer. As it was our second visit, the boys and girls spilt up. Hubby and Angelo went into the gaming space. Valentina and I went exploring checking out the cuddle toys and accessories. We stopped off the check out the live J-POP performance by Moso Calibration (also known as MouCali). J-POP performances at Hyper Japan are like mini rave, neon glow sticks and all. I enjoyed MouCali’s energetic feel-good sound.

Hyper Japan is a playground for cosplayers. At the summer festival, they came out to play! There were cutesy costumes, spooky costumes and super heroes in between. It’s hard to pic a favourite but I think I’m down with the cutesy frou frou cosplayer set. It must the adorable dresses and bows that get to me every time.

Food always brings us together. We all regrouped for snacks. Hubby and I had aubergine chips and the kids had macaroons. Tempting as it was I didn’t take part in the Saki tasting but I didn’t treat myself to a saki and melon slushy. It was so refreshing and the perfect way to end our morning visit to Hyper Japan. In November Hyper Japan returns to Tobacco Dock, East London. Whether you’re crazy for cosplay, gift hunting or simply want to have a fun cultural experience, Hyper Japan is where it’s at. There’s quite a list of attractions:  live music performances, “Kokeshi” Doll painting, Sake Cocktail Awards, ‘akari’ lantern installations and more is yet to be revealed in the coming weeks. Visit their website for more information on the schedule.