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E-Japan, (short for the Exhibition Japan Festival) is a convention based around Japanese culture taking place at the Aston City Convention Centre in Surrey, near London, England. The attendance for E-Japan has significantly excelled since the first E-Japan exhibition in 1991.
Sections of the Exhibition
The E-Japan exhibition has several sections in it.
The E-Market is the largest of the sections in the exhibition, with it being themed around buying lots of Japanese items which you'd expect to be in a fringe market in Japan. You will find plenty of anime merchandise and random Japanese items.
Appeared at all E-Japans since 1999.
At E-Kawaii you will find all the cute things from Japan and Korea, specifically stuffed toys, fashion and music. The E-Kawaii area of E-Japan has been one of the main sites in the E-Japan, and it is the second largest section in the exhibition.
Appeared at all E-Japans since 1997.
E-Gamers Plaza is a plaza dedicated completely to the best games from Japan, with Nintendo, Sega, Bandai Namco and SeventhHeaven all showing their games in the area. The E-Gamers Plaza was formerly known as the E-Game Park. It is the third largest section in the exhibition.
Appeared at all E-Japans since 2000.
E-Live is the live section of E-Japan. It is where all live events take place other than gameplay previews, which take place in the E-Gamers Plaza section of the exhibition. Guests come from Japan to perform specifically for the attendants of E-Japan.
Appeared at all E-Japans since 2007.
The E-Sushi area is one of the two areas dedicated to food, although this area is dedicated specifically to sushi and sashimi, making it the largest area in the exhibition dedicated to only one area.
Appeared at all E-Japans since 2010.
The E-JFood area has street food and restaurant-class Japanese cuisine from Tokyo, Sapporo and Kobe. There is Japanese sweet shops, sake bars, fried food, Takoyaki (octopus balls) and soft drinks. All of these with a beautiful area in the centre where you may eat all your food which you buy.
Guests who have performed or gave speachs during the E-Japan festival.
|2007||Perfume, Mr. Children, Ichirou Mizuki, Yoshiki|
|2008||Scandal, Oh! Great, Dio - Distraught Overload|
|2009||Kanon Wakeshima, Scandal, Perfume, Mr. Children, Happiness, Shigeru Miyamoto, Yutaka Izabuchi, Showtaru Mizabuku, Kat-Tun, Seamo, Hayao Miyazaki, Ichiru Okouchi, Tsutomo Nihei and Plastic Tree|
|2010||Meg, Aya Kanno, Scandal and Capsule|
|2011||AKB48, X-Japan (Yoshi and Toshiki), Hiro Mashima, Hitomitoi, ViVid and Dir en Gray|
|2012||SKE48, Satoru Iwata, Shigeru Miyamoto, Dempagumi Inc., Namie Amuro, E-Girls, Momoiro Clover Z, Ikimonogakari, Katsuhiro Harada, Hitoshi Hakamura, Moon Kana, Morning Musume, NMB48, Chay and Takashi Tezuka.|
|2013||Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Capsule, AKB48, Nogizaka46, Sandaime J-Soul Brothers, Leo Ieiri, Hey!Say!Jump!, TVXQ, Miwa, Yamazaki Aoi, Namie Amuro, NMB48, Ikimonogakari, Dreams Come True, Masahiro Sakurai, Keisuke Kuwata, Hikaru Utada, Momoiro Clover Z, Hatsune Miku, Megurine Luka and Sekai No Owari|
|2014||Perfume, °Cute, Dempagumi Inc., Eir Aoi, SMAP!, Arashi, Southern All Stars, Chay, Kerakera, Tyler Oakley, Morning Musume, AKB48, Meg, Takako Matsu, Funky Kato, Shiggy Jr., Superfly, Gesu no Kiwami Otome, Miwa, Nishino Kana, Kiss-my-ft2, Golden Bomber, Kohei Tanaka and Babymetal.|
Celebrity meets began in 2011 and since have became a huge success, attracting several thousands of people.
|2011||AKB48, Yoshi and Toshiki|
|2012||Satoru Iwata, Namie Amuro, Moon Kana, SKE48, Katsuhiro Harada and Chay.|
|2013||Miranda Sings, Leo Ieiro, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Masahiro Sakurai, Namie Amuro, Yamazaki Aoi, Hiro Mashima, Katsuhiro Harada, Keisuke Kawata, Yasutaka Nakata, Joey Graceffa.|
|2014||Tyler Oakley, Perfume (Kashiyuka, A~Chan, Nocchi), Yasutaka Nakata, Joe Sugg, Zoe Sugg, Nishino Kana, Babymetal, Takako Matsu, Miwa and Eir Aoi.|
List of Events
|Exhibition Japan Festival||The Soper Hall, Croydon||305 (invitation only)|
|Exhibition Japan Festival 1992||Tobacco Dock, London||1,532|
|Exhibition Japan Festival 1993||Tobacco Dock, London||1,602|
|Exhibition Japan Festival 1994||Tobacco Dock, London||1,607|
|Exhibition Japan Festival 1995||Tobacco Dock, London||1,610|
|Exhibition Japan Festival 1996||Kensington Olympia, London||7,030|
|Exhibition Japan Festival 1997||Kensington Olympia, London||10,583|
|Exhibition Japan Festival 1998||Earls Court 1, London||19,993|
|Exhibition Japan Festival 1999||Earls Court 1, London||19,997|
|E-Japan 2000||Earls Court 1, London||19,994|
|E-Japan 2001||Earls Court 1, London||19,982|
|E-Japan 2002||ExCel London||43,002|
|E-Japan 2003||ExCel London||46,321|
|E-Japan 2004||ExCel London||67,402|
|E-Japan 2005||Excel London||67,440|
|Exhibition Japan Festival 2006||Excel London||65,996|
|E-Japan 2007||O2 Arena, London||97,102|
|E-Japan 2008||O2 Arena, London||97,360|
|E-Japan 2009||O2 Arena, London||102,009|
|E-Japan 2010||O2 Arena, London||104,424|
|E-Japan 2011||O2 Arena, London||103,365|
|E-Japan 2012||Excel London||67,235|
|E-Japan 2013||O2 Arena, London||106,032|
|E-Japan 2014||O2 Arena, London||106,201|
|E-Japan 2015||O2 Arena, London||106,420|
|E-Japan 2016||Aston City Convention Centre, Redhill||232,021|
|E-Japan 2017||Aston City Convention Centre, Redhill||235,653|
|E-Japan 2018||Aston City Convention Centre, Redhill||240,320|
|E-Japan 2019||Aston City Convention Centre, Redhill||244,642|
|E-Japan 2020||Aston City Convention Centre, Redhill||243,004|
|E-Japan 2021||The Underground, London||236,044|
|E-Japan 2022||Aston City Convention Centre, Redhill||245,886|
|E-Japan 2023||Aston City Convention Centre, Redhill||289,031|
|Sega||1994||No||Ended in 2000|
|Nippon Ichi Software||2008||No||Ended in 2013|
- E-Japan AUSTRALIA! in Melbourne, Australia.
- Exhibition Japan Festival in Perth, Australia
- E-Japon in Lille, France
E-Japan Russian Federation
- E-Japan Moscow in Moscow, Russia.
- Ye-Yaponia Umsk in Umsk, Russia.
E-Japan United Kingdom
- E-Japan Festival in Birmingham, England.
- Exhibition Japan Festival in Cardiff, Wales.
- Exhibition Japan Festival in Aberytswyth, Wales.
- Exhibition Japan in Berwick, Scotland.