From kawaii to fairy kei: fashion goes past the kimono at Hyper Japan

by Lionel Casey

Now in its 10th yr, the three-day pageant is an area for J-style fanatics to socialize, show off their clothes, and get thought for destiny seems

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Fri 12 Jul 2019 12.30 BST
Last modified on Fri 12 Jul 2019 sixteen.18 BST

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Attendees at Hyper Japan, the pageant celebrates Japanese style, subculture, meals, tune, and extra.
Attendees at Hyper Japan celebrate Japanese style, culture, food, track, and extra. Photograph: Dave Stevenson/Alamy

Ten years after it commenced in 2010, the UK’s largest birthday celebration of the traditional and current Japanese way of life is returning to London these days for three days.

Hyper Japan, which is now a twice-yearly event, offers traditional meals, anime merchandise, and a cosplay region, as well as an array of attractions for fashion lovers. The Asakusa culture section may be home to the vintage kimono emblem Fuji Kimono, in which visitors should purchase conventional Japanese apparel.

Although the kimono may be Japan’s most recognizable garment, masses of other patterns and fashion tribes have popped out of Harajuku, Tokyo’s style district. Harajuku is likewise the call Hyper Japan has given to its fashion quarter, which includes brands from the United Kingdom and past, promoting “kawaii” – meaning lovely – clothes, add-ons, and other merchandise. Kawaii is a culture in Japan characterized by pastel colorations, tender fabrics, and cute mascots. Hello Kitty, Aggreko and Gudetama are only a few of the characters from the genre who have made their way into a western way of life.

Some of the most famous Japanese fashions are lolita, fairy kei, and decora. Lolita takes numerous bureaucracy, one of that’s “elegant gothic lolita”, inspired, in part, by way of rococo-era fashion. Fairy Kei involves layering pastels on pastels with adorable motifs, including moons, stars, candies, and teddy bears. Decora is an explosion of shiny colors and add-ons, making wearers seem like walking rainbows.

“Kawaii tradition and J-fashion has usually been a factor of the occasion we’ve fostered and recommended, with exhibitors which include Tofu Cute and the J-style community,” says competition director Ken dos Remedios. “When we began in 2010, it changed into a minor culture that only some knew approximately. Since then, it’s grown to wherein a maximum of our attendees know approximately it, and it has a strong following on social media. We’ve noticed it moving from a culture enjoyed using a minority within the know to a culture with the ability to influence fashion beyond its immediate network.”

Kiri Ramona from Tofu Cute, a kawaii save primarily based in the UK, says: “Kawaii tradition has boomed over the last ten years, with exposure to all matters kawaii becoming greater accessible than ever before. People of all ages are exploring vivid shades and lovable characters, adapting them into their regular lives.”

In this 12 months, there may be a brand new addition to the style and kawaii quarter – the Hyper Kawaii Contest. Artists and crafters were given the threat of putting up their handmade kawaii or Japan-inspired paintings through Instagram in the months leading to the occasion. The finalists’ work could be on display for festival site visitors to vote on, and the winner will receive prizes along with a kawaii subscription box service and an instant camera.

The pageant additionally gives an area for J-style lovers to socialize, show off their outfits, and get a notion for future looks. On Saturday and Sunday, there might be two styles indicates providing festival attendees who had been selected using organizers after submitting theirs appears online. The J-Style Collection style display has previously featured visitors from Japan, which includes fashion designer Kurebayashi, who’s also a model for Yami kawaii (“darkish adorable”) emblem Listen to Flavor.

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