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01/15/2017 at 13:00. Facebook
One of the landmarks of TOKYO’s Ginza area, the Sony Building, is soon to be no more; it is going to be demolished and replaced by the exciting new Sony Park. Before that, however, until 31 March, there is a special exhibition, with free entry, featuring some of the most iconic products produced by the company over the years, including of course the Walkman.

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01/11/2017 at 11:30. Facebook
If you want to re-live the excitement of the HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market 2016 J-STYLE Fashion Show, or missed it first-time round, then check out this video of the Saturday session, kindly created by Twinkle Lady!
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HyperJapan Christmas Market 2016 Saturday J-Fashion Show

I attended HyperJapan in London last November. I was allowed to participate in the Saturday J-Fashion show. Its been a dream of mine to be a part of it for s...

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The excitement of the New Year holiday may be over now, but there’s still a lot going on in TOKYO. For example, next weekend sees one of the city’s oldest and longest-running flea markets make one of its two annual appearances. The Setagaya Boroichi features over 700 stalls, selling all kinds of antiques, bric-a-brac and delicious daikan mochi rice cakes.

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Setagaya Boroichi

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We hope that 2017 has got off to a flying start for you, and that you've leaped into action just like THE TOMBOYS performing here at the Christmas Market!
Happy New Year! There’s sure to be a whole host of exciting events taking place in TOKYO this year, but this is a great time to catch some of last year’s cultural highlights while you can. For instance, the inaugural exhibition of the Sumida Hokusai Museum, which opened last November to great acclaim, is on until 15 January, so there’s just time to catch it!
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It may be Christmas Day today, but in TOKYO many people are already looking forward to welcoming in 2017. New Year is the most important celebration in the Japanese calendar, and one traditional way of marking it is to make a special effort to watch the very first sunrise of the year. Here is a list of some of the best places across TOKYO to catch a glimpse of it.
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Watch the first sunrise in Tokyo

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Merry Christmas from #HYPERJapan! We hope everyone is having a warm and relaxing holiday and we'll see you all in the new year!
NeoBallad really got us in a festive mood with their beautiful renditions of songs and carols such as Hark the Herald Angels Sing at the HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market. Here's a couple of photos of them in action. Not long now until the big day itself!
Sumida Aquarium in the TOKYO Skytree Town area is already a great attraction in its own right, especially the kaleidoscope tunnel featuring eight tanks of jellyfish. Until March 2017, it’s an even more amazing spectacle thanks to an installation by renowned photographer and director Mika Ninagawa, whose works are being projected onto the jellyfish tanks.
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Mika Ninagawa x Jellyfish: New Collaboration - The Japan Times

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Two of the most popular performers at HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market 2016 were Misaki Iwasa and Hayabusa. They both lit up the HYPER Live stage and wowed the crowds with their modern takes on traditional Japanese musical styles. Misaki with her beautiful enka ballads and Hayabusa with their high-energy J-POP performances. Here are a few pictures of them strutting their stuff!
TOKYO is developing quite a lively craft beer scene, which is centred around the Kanda area of the city’s Chiyoda ward. There are many small drinking establishments that brew their own beer. The choice on offer at each is unique, and there are many characterful brews waiting to be sampled. It’s yet another attraction for food and drink lovers in TOKYO! [ Japantimes.co.jp Link ]...
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Event report from our friends at Eirtakon!

Eirtakon, Ireland’s largest anime event was held in Croke Park early last month, celebrating its 12th year. The three day convention saw over 5000 people from all over Ireland come together for the weekend to celebrate anime, manga and Japanese culture. Some of the highlights from the weekend included:
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One area of TOKYO that is renowned for its dazzing illuminations over the holiday season is Marunouchi, near TOKYO railway station. The Marunouchi Illumination 2016 is the fifteenth time the display has been mounted, with 200 trees festooned with lights. As well as being champagne colored, the lights are also green, as they’re powered by renewable energy.
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Marunouchi Illumination 2016 - The Japan Times

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And the winner of our COSTest is....

Congratulations to Euph Cosplay, who looked amazing as Dragon Trainer Lulu! Check out her incredible costume via the link below.

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The winners of this year's Sake Cocktail Awards have been announced! We've included the recipes so that you can try your hand at home.

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Things have come to a close for this year, but good news - we have dates and a location for next year's HYPER JAPAN ready to go!

Find details and an event wrap-up here:
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Meet Domo-kun, everyone's favourite brown, fuzzy monster, learn to dance Domobics (his fabulous workout routine), or get a makeover with Beckii Cruel at the NHK WORLD booth today! She'll be there for the last time at 16:00! Located at Great Gallery B-01 on the ground floor.
Visiting HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market today? Don't forget to try our new Snapchat filter!!!
Day 3 of #HYPERJAPAN Christmas Market 2016 is off to a flying start! Catch up on what's been happening here: [ Hyperjapan.co.uk Link ]

HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market 2016, Day 2 | HYPER JAPAN : The UK’s Biggest J-culture Event.

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It was THE HOOPERS member Haruki's birthday today, and the other members had a birthday surprise ready for her! Come see them tomorrow for their last performance at 11:00, and their Meet & Greet at 11:30!