Hyper Japan Review Part 1: Initial thoughts

We arrived on Friday right around 2:30 from the outside, Earl’s Court Two looked quite massive, with the ticketholder’s line going around the side of the building, going over half way to the back of the building. Luckily enough the line was moving quite quickly, so I think we made it inside within a half hour. The energy and excitement around us made the wait seem much shorter.

Earl's Court Two Friday's line-up

Once we did get inside, we were immediately assaulted by the mix of smells and sounds. Just upon entering was the Nintendo and other gaming areas, immediately next to stalls selling all sorts of merchandise, and we could smell the amazing foods we’d soon be enjoying, hidden away behind the vendors. It made for quite an initial impact.

A Gaming Area A Nintendo Gaming Area A Nintendo Gaming Area
A Retro Gaming Area Sales Stalls Sales Stalls
A Nintendo Gaming Area Food Lines An Eating Area
The Main Stage Area

At first, I was concerned about how much wide open space there was throughout the area. Friday was actually rather quiet, so it felt a bit empty. Saturday and Sunday more than made up for it. Everything was packed, almost shoulder to shoulder in some places. Were we to go back, I think getting the 3 day pass again would be a good idea. Take the quieter Friday to get all of your shopping done and chat with the different vendors and people advertising trips to Japan and study opportunities, and leave Saturday and Sunday for just experiencing the event. The energy on those two days was incredible. I can’t say I saw a single frown in the place. Everyone was running on a high that simply couldn’t be diminished by the crowds, the heat of being packed in together, or the sometimes overwhelming noise around you. It was an incredible feeling (even for a natural introvert like me).

Next up – Hyper Japan Review Part 2: Events / Exhibits (COMING SOON!)

Missed the first posts in this series? See the main list here!




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