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Category: Hyper Japan

Misaki Iwasa and Hayabusa wow HYPER JAPAN crowd!

Saturday’s coverage of the HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market for KAKKOII CLUB opened with a bang! Misaki Iwasa (ex-AKB48) and Hayabusa were both blown away by the sheer amount of love they received from today’s audience. Audience participation played a key role in this morning’s set and the audience didn’t want the performance to end! For many of today’s audience, this was the first time they had heard ‘Enka’ (traditional Japanese ballads) but the style in which it was presented and performed, was displayed in such a way that you couldn’t help but throw your energy and excitement back at the stage...

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HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market 2016: Preview!

HYPER JAPAN, the UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese culture, cuisine and cool returns to London’s Tobacco Dock from 25th – 27th November! Now in its 6th year, this event continues to bring a taste of Japanese tradition, modernity and the latest trends! This year’s Christmas Market boasts a variety of performers, special guests, exhibitors, food stalls, creative workshops – and most importantly – plenty of kawaii and kooky gift ideas for the festive season! With less than 2 weeks to go until the main event, check out my guide so you make the most out of your visit! 5....

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HIZAKI confirmed to perform at HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market!

HIZAKI first came to prominence as the beautiful onnagata guitarist of the Visual-Kei band Versailles. The term onnagata originates with traditional Kabuki theatre and refers to a man dressing up as a woman in a theatrical context but Visual-Kei artists like HIZAKI have helped bring that ancient tradition forward into a modern setting. Despite his long flowing hair, impeccable makeup and intricate gowns, HIZAKI is more than just a pretty face. His impressive guitar skills and extensive musical background have landed him a place as one of the most respected Visual-Kei guitarists today! With almost 20 years in the...

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Misaki Iwasa and Hayabusa: Performing together at HYPER JAPAN!

HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market showcases the latest Japanese musical trends for modern acts inspired by the past, in the form of Misaki Iwasa and Hayabusa. From being a member of the phenomenally successful idol girl group AKB48, Misaki Iwasa has gone on to reinvent herself as a successful singer of ‘enka’ (traditional Japanese ballads). Misaki Iwasa will be wowing the crowds alongside male pop trio Hayabusa. Like Misaki, this group gives a modern twist to a slice of Japan’s musical heritage, in this case 1970s-style J-POP ballads. They are proud to be making their debut appearance at HYPER JAPAN,...

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SHOHJYOTAI: A legend is reborn at HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market!

Witness the rebirth of one of J-POP’s most iconic names of the 1980’s at this year’s HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market as the new line-up of SHOHJYOTAI take to the stage! Though they take their name from a hugely popular band from 30 years ago, these three young girls, the eldest of whom is still only 16, have been making waves in their own right. They recently performed at ChinaJoy 2016 in Shanghai, which is the largest gaming and digital entertainment exhibition in China. Their musical style takes everything that made their 1980’s namesakes so popular and brings it bang up to...

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