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One Amazing Hyper Japan Day!

28 Feb

The weekend has passed and just thought I’d say that Hyper Japan Spring 2012 was absolutely awesome!!!

It was in a much bigger place than last summer’s event, and there was so much to see! Unfortunately we didn’t get as many good photos as expected, but there will still be some to show =]

But the start of the day was quite hectic as I started feeling unwell Friday evening (had an extremely sore throat and blocked nose–I was hoping it was gonna go away throughout the day but it didn’t). It resulted to carry on towards Saturday morning where my boyfriend said we shouldn’t go cos of how I felt but I really wanted to. I’ve been waiting since the last event to go to this one. Besides, it was just a sore throat that only made it difficult to drink. So we made a deal that if I got any worse throughout the event we’re going back home.

So we pushed on and left the house to get to Cockfosters Station by 8am and got on the train to eventually arrive at Earl’s Court/West Brompton Station(s) which took around 45 minutes. When we got to the place it was filled with a queue of people but because I cleverly bought fast track tickets, it meant we were in a shorter queue that was allowed to go first when the doors opened ^^

So we waited. And waited. And waited. We were there about half an hour earlier so it was building up the excitement. When we got in, OMG it was beautiful! I was getting all worked up seeing everything. And the first thing my boyfriend and I saw was a Suzuki car, and we both fell in love with it.

My boyfriend, Ryan, passed his driving test about two months ago and when he saw this car he just desperately wanted it. And here it is with my gorgeous boy in it ^_^

As you can see in the background, there was gameage as well. There was one called Saint Seiya where you’re basically this guy in a well-designed armour suit and you have to beat everyone up. As Ryan played on it and was doing extremely well, I noticed a few people have been watching him ^_~

 There was also some extremely gorgeous dresses, or Lolita dresses, and kimonos, for sale, but it was unfortunate to not get them because of the price. One day I will!

Another awesome thing was the food (can’t help it that I’m a food lover) and there was so much to choose from! There was a stall however, that did this shaved ice with syrup, more syrup, and fresh fruit. I chose to have a ‘Mango nice’. It was yummy! >w< There was also some snack stuff, like Eby Fry (basically deep-fried prawns) and fried squid balls. Ryan had some duck spring rolls and some pork things which were yummy also! From the same stall(which was called Bento Cafe) Ryan also had this miso soup which had bean sprouts, chicken and I think it was spring onion. I took a couple of sips cos it was gorgeous! I could have drunk the soup on its own really in a very large cup :p

Here is the image of the shaven ice dessert we had (not the one I had exactly, just the one they had on display)

At 11 o’clock we had the privilege of having Japanese actress and singer Natsuko Aso performing some of her songs which I was bopping along to. She was so nice and pretty and cute, and an absolutely amazing singer. We had to call her Na-Chan ^^

Here is a video clip from the Hyper Japan website (scroll down to see it). I also recorded one but it’s taking ages to upload onto Flickr so once it’s set up I’ll see if to post it on here.

Anyways, we also had the opportunity to get Na-Chan’s CD and have it signed by her!!! It cost a bit (£35) but I believe it is definitely worth it having a live performance from her, photo with her and the signed album.

And here you go, the signed album:

And here she is posing (was posing for a picture for someone else, but we sort of took the opportunity at the same time ;D)

And here is Ryan and myself with her, but not as glamorous (referring to me, not Na-Chan) =]

That was the major highlight of the day. After the live performance, we walked around a bit more and I managed to get my usual stock intake of manga (which was slightly cheaper than what I get in stores surprisingly!) as well as some DVDs I can’t get hold of in here anymore as a UK company that did distribute anime has stopped and I wasn’t able to finish the series, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles season 2, that I was collecting. But I found US imports of the anime plus OVAs (original video animation — which meant that they went straight to DVD rather than be viewed first on tv etc). When I saw them I was so shocked and just kept telling Ryan: “Look what I found! Ryan, look! Look!” And luckily, they play on Ryan’s PS3 and I was soooo happy ^_____^ And Ryan bought a Godzilla metal figure which looked really cool.

After about 6 hours or so there we left and went to Leicester Square to get the new PSVita (for Ryan) and to my favourite manga/anime store, Tokyo Toys. We noticed that their signage has changed to mirror letters so we took a pic of it. And in there I bought a Sailor Moon wallet which I was so shocked in seeing and called out to Ryan a number of times to point out what I found.

After that, we went back to Ryan’s place and happily remembered all the things that happened. And that was our amazing day ^______^

And I hope next time to do my cosplay!!!