Making friends…

… At this evening’s Hyper Japan in Wapping’s Tobacco Dock.

This was the ‘Christmas’ version and so was smaller than the summer spectacular they host in Olympia. But all the usual favourites were there tonight: excellent food, impressive cosplay, Japanese music and quite a few bemused parents guiding their Kawaii-obsessed daughters through the crowds.


  

I got my Takoyaki (octopus balls) from this guy – doing some very impressive cooking of various delicious snacks. I have to say the Takoyaki were as tasty as any I’ve had, anywhere.


  
  
  
I loaded an app on my iPhone for th friendly people at NHK TV and they have me a free bag. It was win-win, as if no idea you could stream NHK World to your smartphone.

These guys were more than happy to have their picture taken. Minutes later and they were performing for the crowds – video to follow!

It was great fun and a lovely reminder of our happy time in Japan.

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