Hyper Japan Festival Begins Friday
posted on by Andrew Osmond
There is a programme of short anime films on
On Saturday afternoon, there will be talks by the creators of the 'KURATAS' giant robot project. from the website: "KURATAS, the giant robots which won the Award of Excellence at the 16th Japan Media Arts Festival, are four metres tall, weigh four tonnes, and are piloted by humans. From within the cockpit, you can make the robots travel around, moving the top half of the body any way you like. The robots are currently being fine tuned for mass production.
'At the show, Taiji Sugasawa, the project manager of KURATAS, who has been working on this project from the very start, talks about what led him to develop the KURATAS robots, and what his ambitions are for the future. Also in attendance will be Kogoro Kurata, who originally conceived this project, and Wataru Yoshizaki, the operation engineer who masterminded the technical aspects of the operation, will join in the talk online, showing visitors the live operation of the giant robot in Japan."
There will also be several Cosplay events. Hyper Japan is hosting the U.K. round of the European Cosplay Gathering (the page is here). One group and one individual will be chosen at Hyper Japan and sent to the final at the Japan Expo convention in Paris next year (July 2014). There will also be COSParade events, which have a page here.
According to the timetable, both ECG and COSParade will take place on Saturday afternoon, with a further COSParade event on Sunday afternoon.
There is a talk on "Cosplay in Japan" scheduled for 1230 p.m. on Sunday, and themed photo-sessions at the times below. (There are more details here.)
Friday 4pm - General Photo Session (all characters welcome) small stage
Saturday 12:30pm – General Photo Session (all characters welcome) – Outside Earls Court 2 entrance
1:30pm – Vocaloid - small stage
4:30pm – ECG contestants - small stage
Sunday 1:00pm - Nintendo characters (Mario, Zelda etc) - small stage
3:30pm - Bandai Namco characters (Tales of series, Soul Calibur, Tekken etc) – Outside Earls 2 entrance
DAISUKI.net will be repreesnted at Hyper Japan, offering mascots, figurines and books. On the games side, Nintendo and Namco Bandai will be represented; Nintendo's page is here and Namco Bandai's here.