If you were anywhere near Earls Court last weekend you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d inadvertently stumbled through the looking glass judging by some of the fashions sported in the surrounding streets. The reason? Thousands of Japanophiles descended on the exhibition centre for Hyper Japan – a three day celebration of Japanese food, drink, technology, fashion and pop culture. If you were looking to try sushi laced with popping candy, drink fine aged Sake or purchase some brainwave controlled animatronic cat ears to wear (yes, that’s brain wave controlled animatronic cat ears) then there was really no place better to be. Patrick Dalton
Smiling ‘Lolita’ Nurses wielding huge syringes
Yu-Gi-Oh! gamers concentrate on the serious business of playing
‘Virtual Vocaloid’ ( google it ) pop stars Miku and Ruka offer free hugs
One of the expansive toy stalls featuring hundreds of ‘Gundam’ robots
Japanese Street Fashion in London
These are not actual sumo wrestlers
Two cosplayers wait backstage for the competition to start
The judging panel featuring double world cosplay summit champions and brother and sister team Mauricio and Monica Somenzari
The youngest entrants to the parade as Princess Mononoke and Wolf.
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