Hyper Japan

Hyper Japan is an event celebrating Japanese culture taking place at London’s Olympia 2 this weekend. Showcasing everything creative, cool, cute and crazy, you’ll find whatever you love about Japan at Hyper Japan 2011.

We went along on Friday afternoon and there was so much going on. Anyone with even a passing interest in Japan will be entertained for hours. Japan’s most popular cultural exports – sushi, sake, robots, fashion, manga, anime, ramen, J-Pop, cosplay, karaoke, kimono and more – all under one roof.

Something for all the family, not just for otaku!

If you’re in the London area and looking for something to do this afternoon, Hyper Japan is well worth a visit.

Find out everything you need to know about the event on the very informative Hyper Japan website.

Summer Festivals

Japan has many fantastic festivals throughout every season of the year but the biggest of the summer festivals take some beating. If you’re lucky enough to be in Eastern Japan during early August, you have some of the very best to choose from including the crazy Nebuta Festival in Aomori and the colourful Tanabata Festival in Sendai. Here is a selection of the best, make sure you don’t miss out!

This calendar will help you plan where to go to get your fill of fun festivities!

Check out the JR East summer festivals page for links to more information on each event and how to get there.

Plus it’s now only 2 weeks until the 49th annual Kutchan Potato Festival! More details on that one nearer the time…

This is Japan!

We’re moving away from the mountains this week and taking a look at the less snowy side of Japan for once – neon cities, temples, friendly, smiling people, ornate gardens, bullet trains and cheeky monkeys.
Some green scenes and genuine sunshine for summer! These are wonderful images of Japan, watch and enjoy.

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Powder Detour

Awesome summary of their 2011 trip to Niseko & Furano from our friends at Powder Detours is this week’s offering.

The Powder Detours guys can help you maximize the amazing terrain & snow in Japan with techniques and tactics from their highly experienced coaches. Get in touch with us if you’d like to find out more

Naturally

This week watch Jake Blauvelt and Heikki Sorsa keep it natural as they hit the Hokkaido backcountry around Asahidake, hiking to find the sweetest lines and ride bottomless fresh.

“Japan has been all that I could ask for”

“The snow is unbelievable, super good”

“Everything over here is pretty amazing”