I had an absolute blast at Hyper Japan recently and these are my top ten highlights of the weekend.
1. All the kawaii
The major draw for me is always browsing the stalls and seeing all the cute plushies! Some of the weird and wonderful things which made me smile were the hotdogs and fruit hamsters at Tofu Cute and the Hello Kitty gyoza and Santa Gudetama at ARTBOX.
2. Dressing up
I love seeing all the cute fashions and cosplayers and enjoy having the chance to dress up myself. I wore a doughnut-themed outfit on the Saturday with a doughnut skirt I made myself and a pastel Decora style on Sunday. I felt so kawaii!
3. Tofu Cute Christmas tree
The kawaii tree was back at Tofu Cute and I made sure to make my wish for everyone to have a kawaii Christmas!
4. Meeting lovely people
We love to support small independent businesses at SCK and everyone I met was so nice and makes such cute things! Special shout out to Jaz from Magical Maidens for finding the Ditto pin I bought from her then promptly lost – thanks for reuniting us!
I am completely obsessed with the album Femm-Isation so was super excited to see FEMM play at Hyper Japan. They blew everyone away by being carried onstage like mannequins then brought down the house with their electropop perfection.
6. Goldfish lanterns
Part of the Illuminight exhibition featured lots of beautiful goldfish lanterns all strung up together. I particularly liked the white goldfish lanterns as they looked like ghosts.
7. Bubble waffles
So good I had two! Miso Hungry make the best bubble waffles and my favourite was the peanut chocolate with Nutella, peanut butter, ice cream, chocolate sauce and mini Reeses cups – amazing!
I was really sad to miss out on meeting Shinjo-kun, the cute otter mascot of Susaki City, on Saturday but luckily managed to catch his dance performance on Sunday. I also got a photo taken with him to add to my collection of mascot photos!
9. Kokeshi doll painting
It was fun but more tricky than it looks. I decided to paint myself in my doughnut skirt and even though I struggled a bit with painting straight lines, I really enjoyed it and love my unique kokeshi doll.
Some of my fave purchases were my plushie Maneki Neko and Pikachu soda from Tofu Cute, cute pins by Magical Maidens and Box Monster, doughnut kitty tee by Tea Kitty and pink holo bunny bag from Dreamy Bows.
You can see all my photos in the Facebook album.
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