On the weekend of May 4 and 5, Leicester’s Space Centre is to host a weekend event dedicated to the cross-over culture from Japan into the UK.
The town more famous for its cheese and ancient Roman remains will celebrate Japanese food, fashion, art, crafts, sport and music with workshops, demonstrations, tastings and talks, catwalk shows and competitions. There will even be a chance for visitors to try their hand at drawing Anime and Manga characters, and watch live martial arts demonstrations.
Teen pop star, Beckii Cruel, who appeared in the BBC Three show Beckii: Schoolgirl Superstar! and received over 14 million YouTube downloads, will headline the main stage, along with J:pop group Oishii!Ichigo.
The stage will also host demonstrations of Japanese food from Harrods favourites, Yuki’s Kitchen, drumming from UK Taiko group, Tamashii Daiko and martial arts from Leicester born Kwoklyn Wan and his Urban Martial Arts team.
The special guest will be Lawrence Simpson, a writer on comic series Project Jikoku and contibutor to online magazines Anime Picks and Crunchyroll.
He’ll be joined by some of the UK’s best Manga and Anime artists, including Hayden Scott-Baron (aka: Dock) from Sweatdrop studios, the UK’s leading Anime and Manga studio.
Visitors can also sample delights from the specialist Japanese market, which will be selling art, games, fashion and food including Dorayaki, chunky Japanese pancakes, throughout the weekend.
The whole weekend is rounded off with four Cosplay Catwalk Competitions, to highlight fashions from Japan. Entrants to the competition can win prizes all weekend, including a top prize worth over £250.
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