HYPER JAPAN Announces a Series of Online Workshops

HYPER JAPAN hosts the UK’s largest exhibition of Japanese Pop Culture, gathering together the country’s many Japan fans to share their enthusiasm. Created by Cross Media Ltd.’s President and Representative Director Mr. Kazuhiro Marumo in 2010, HYPER JAPAN has been working hard to develop a community around their event and provide visitors with access to all kinds of exciting content from Japan.

Despite the challenges of 2020, HYPER JAPAN remains determined to stay at the forefront of the UK’s Japanese scene, mapping out a series of online events to bring the energy of the exhibition online.   

Tsurushi-Bina (Hanging Dolls) Workshop Led by Jessica Corlett of Flapjac Fashion-craft Event, in this online event participants will create their own Tsurushi-Bina, decorations which are displayed at Hina Matsuri, Japan’s annual Doll Festival. Flapjac Fashion-craft have been a regular at HYPER JAPAN events, bringing a cute new twist to traditional Japanese textile arts.  This will be a paid event and materials will not be provided, but just as original Tsurushi-Bina were made from leftover kimono silk this workshop is a great chance to be reuse old materials and get artistic and Jessica leads you through three unique designs.  

Date: 12th September 2020
Time: 14:00-16:00
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Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) Workshop With such a complicated writing system, calligraphy of Japanese is both impressive and beautiful. Professionals who train to create Japanese characters as an art form will go through extensive training, and the best way to be introduced to the ancient disciple is by a master. That opportunity is being offered in an online workshop run by Akemi Lucas, who works under the name of ‘Koshu’ and has been learning the art of calligraphy since she was eight. Her artworks have appeared in campaigns for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and advertising by the 2020 British Olympic team’s main sponsor. In a two hour lesson Akemi Lucas will explain more about the Japanese writing system, help applicants to draw the characters for Ambition & Eternity (大志&永) and host a Q&A session.   

Date: 19th September 2020
Time: 10:30-12:30
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Sumi-e painting (Japanese ink painting) online workshop   HYPER JAPAN is delighted to announce that Akemi Lucas will also be joining us for an online session where you can learn all about Sumi-e, the Japanese art of ink painting. An introduction on the background of Sumi-e will be followed by a chance to get active and create your own ink depiction of an orchid as Akemi talks you through the process.   

Date: 17th October 2020
Time: 10:30-12:30
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Origami Workshops with Alice Stern from Sushi Art  Origami is one of Japan’s most well-known art forms and HYPER JAPAN is looking forward to collaborating with Alice Stern for two separate workshops which will get focus on the fun of folding. After inspiration from time spent living in Japan, Alice set up Sushi Art more than five years ago and has been sharing her experience and craftwork across the UK. In the first workshop Alice will be showing applicants how to create three designs, a Lotus Flower, Crane & Samurai Helmet. With talks on the history and tradition of origami included, this workshop promises to be instructive and productive!   

Date: 10th October 2020
Time: 14:00-16:00
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The second origami workshop Alice will be hosting on November 7th centres on the more advanced Kusudama flower ball, a design comprised of 60 pieces of origami paper. As Alice takes you step by step through the process, she’ll also be explaining a little more about how this piece was displayed.  
 
Date: 7th November 2020
Time: 14:00-16:00
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