HYPER JAPAN Christmas Returns to Tobacco Dock – A Cat Lovers perspective

Hi everyone,

As many of you probably know Iain and myself absolutely love Japan and travel there almost every year. This of course means that our twice a year HYPER JAPAN festivals in London are a highlight not to be missed!

The HYPER Japan Christmas event is just around the corner and we simply can’t wait for it! But before we give you the details for this event we’d love to share with you some of the things we found at the summer event. : )

One of the first stalls we stopped by last year had a lovely selection of Japanese Maneki Neko figurines. I really wanted to take them all home but as it stands our place is quite full with cat ornaments already. 😉

One of our personal highlights every year is to check out the latest cat themed items at Doki Tableware! They are a Japanese ceramic shop based in North London and if you are looking for some cat themed mugs, plates, bowls or even a whole tea set they’ve got you covered. 🙂

However… our personal favorite at the summer event has got to be the amazing candy art by Mrs. Candy-G’s. She handcrafted animal shaped lollypops at the event with a choice of flavours. Of course we went for getting a couple of cats made! Though as you can imagine we’ve still not eaten them as they are just too cute. 😮

Of course a trip to HYPER JAPAN wouldn’t be complete without picking up at least one, two or even three cat themed T-Shirts for our collection! Luckily Marc from Fuzzballs (yes another Marc with a c! :D) had a stall with loads of cat themed apparel and accessory so we picked up another couple of T-Shirts. 🙂

Since it was the Summer event we also got our Yukatas out of the cupboard! These are traditionally worn to festivals in Japan so it only seemed fitting for this event. 😀

Of course not everything we looked at was just about cats. One cool thing we looked at was Ikebana which is the Japanese art of flower arrangement.

We hope to get to meet some of you at the event and of course will be reporting back with all the cat things we found at the event! 🙂

Please find below details for what’s on at the Christmas event!


The UK’s one-stop shop for Japanese-themed Christmas shopping is back 

HYPER JAPAN, the UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese culture, cuisine and cool, returns to London’s Tobacco Dock from 24th – 26th November. Now in its 7th year, this event continues to bring a taste of Japanese tradition, modernity and the latest trends to the heart of our city.

This year’s event boasts a variety of performers, special guests, exhibitors, food stalls, creative workshops – and most importantly – plenty of kawaii and kooky gift ideas. The ultimate destination to discover truly unique presents for the festive season.

For the first time, HYPER JAPAN is bringing Illuminight to the UK, a festival of lights which sees traditional Japanese ‘akari’ lantern crafts get a modern makeover, created by up-and-coming artists. Visitors will also be lucky enough to see the Ukiyo-e Gallery, also known as ‘pictures of the floating world’. As a well-known part of Japanese culture, digital technology will bring the prints to life, showcasing them as they looked 200 years ago before their colours faded.

Those who love a Japanese inspired tipple can again take part in the voting for the annual Sake Cocktail Awards this Christmas. Each day, talented mixologists will create cocktails for visitors to try in hope they’ll vote for them as their favourite. For foodies, there’s something to whet every appetite, with stalls offering culinary delights – from hot Japanese curry to traditional wagashi sweets.

HYPER JAPAN Christmas 2017 will also see the launch of the Ramen Experience, so people can try four different dishes and understand the differences each one brings to the table. Once all four dishes have been sampled, visitors will vote for their favourite and receive a bowl of the ramen to enjoy.

Tech fans are in for a treat thanks to the gaming areas at this year’s HYPER JAPAN Christmas. The retro-gaming area takes you back to the consoles of the 80s and 90s where visitors can play on old-school games. For those creative minds, the Nintendo Switch is an open platform where developers are encouraged to produce their own games for the console in line with the ‘Nindie’ movement.

Shoppers looking for the perfect Christmas gift will enjoy browsing the wide variety of exhibitors. From traditional Japanese crafts, artwork and kimonos, to the latest anime goods, kawaii clothing and accessories, you won’t be stumped to find the perfect present for the person who has everything!

For those who would rather go DIY, HYPER JAPAN offers numerous craft courses in its creative studio, ranging from paint-your-own kistune (fox) masks, to kokeshi doll decoration.

The HYPER JAPAN live stage will see performances from a selection of Japanese talent, from pop music to dance performances.

HYPER JAPAN Christmas is a truly unique event offering fun, food and culture for the whole family. From the dedicated Japanophile, to those simply seeking a tasty treat or an alternative gift to the standard socks, scarves and pants this year, the market at Tobacco Dock has something for everyone.

General entry tickets for Friday and pre 2.30pm on Saturday are £15 

Tickets for post 2.30pm on Saturday and all day Sunday are £17 

For more information on ticketing, please visit: http://hyperjapan.co.uk/tickets/

HYPER JAPAN Christmas 2017 will take place at

The Tobacco Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London E1W 2DA 

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Launch Party @Mayhew: Claws Confessions of a Professional Cat Groomer by Anita Kelsey

Hi everyone,

This post is a little over-due but we hope you’ll enjoy it nonetheless ! : )

We’ve recently had the pleasure of being invited to the Book Launch of Claws Confessions of a Professional Cat Groomer by Anita Kelsey.

The Book Launch was hosted at the Mayhew office and rehoming center.

The event was well attended and we had a lot of fun networking with like minded people! And of course we were super excited to attend the launch of this book AND receive a copy which we will be reviewing shortly. 🙂

So what is this book all about? Please find below some extra details.

Claws: Confessions of a Cat Groomer

Anita Kelsey is the only cat specific behaviourist in London, with a work based degree in feline behaviour and psychology, as well as ample experience with cat behaviour and grooming. Throughout her years of visiting people’s homes, she has amassed a wealth of adorable and ridiculous stories about her feline clients, and their owners.

In Claws, Anita picks out some of her favourite anecdotes, from Tilly Too Toos (left) to Little Wolf, the ‘Kitty Helen Keller’ (below). The collection of twenty short stories and images provides the first behind the scenes account of a professional cat groomer and behaviour specialist. Anita says:

“Despite being choked with fur, bitten, scratched, driven to distraction and moved to tears on an almost daily basis, I love what I do and wouldn’t change it for the world. I hope you enjoy my confessions. Incidentally, no cats were harmed in the making of this book – only me!”

About the author:
Anita Kelsey is one of a small group of holistic low-stress cat groomers in the UK, taking cat grooming to the next level. The only cat groomer in the UK who also holds a degree in cat behaviour, she also writes for Your Cat Magazine, and the Cats Protection magazine. Anita lives in West London with her fur-covered husband, and two Norwegian Forest cats Kiki and Zaza.

We are very excited about this book and will provide you all with a full review of it shortly! But we can already tell you that we are loving it so far and a few chapters in already. 😀

Also as some of you may know we’ve known Anita for a while and have interviewed her previously! She is amongst the group of amazing people in the UK that work so hard on helping people with the behavioural issues of cats and it was fantastic to finally meet her in person.

While you are waiting for our review we hope that some of you will already check out her listing on Amazon and maybe get a copy for yourself.

Or even better why not meet the author yourself at the upcoming GCCF Supreme Cat show on the 28th of October. We too will be at this show so do pop by our stall and say hi if you can make it.



We regularly write about all things relating to cats on our Blog Katzenworld!

My partner and I are owned by three cheeky cats that get up to all kind of mischief that of course you’ll also be able to find out more about on our Blog

If you are interested in joining us by becoming a regular contributor / guest author do drop me a message.

Event & Tickets Giveaway: National Pet Show, Birmingham NEC 4th – 5th November 2017

Hello everyone,

With less than 3 weeks to go, we thought it would be good to remind people that there is still time to get tickets for the UK’s national pet show being held in Birmingham.

We’ll be driving up in our little red car, packed full of cat toys, treats and our latest range of felt cat caves for the visitors to spoil their cats.  As we’ll be there for the whole weekend, we’ll be leaving our trio of kitties in the capable hands of our regular cat sitter Cory from Cat in a flat.

Over the two days we’ll get a chance to meet some of our partners and friends that are also here but there hope to meet some new friends! So if you are going to come along, do let us know 🙂

Be sure to read to the end of this article for a chance to win free tickets for yourself and a friend.

The National Pet Show Birmingham 2017:

With hundreds of different animals, fun and educational talks, training demonstrations, fantastic shopping and amazing animal action displays, the National Pet Show (4 & 5 November 2017, NEC Birmingham) is the ultimate day out for pet lovers, owners and families.

The National Pet Show will play host to a range of celebrities and pet experts, including the Supervet himself Noel Fitzpatrick and one of TVs best loved wildlife presenters, Michaela Strachan.

Visit the National Pet Show for your chance to talk to the experts, get free pet care advice and shop for all the latest pet products and quirky animal themed gifts you can’t find on the high street.

Feline fans will have the chance to meet a whole variety of breeds such as Sphynx, Siberian and Australian Mist in the Hill’s Cat Zone, where a host of experts will share advice on choice of breed, care and training. At previous shows, talks have covered buying a kitten responsibly and cat grooming.

Our friends at London Cats will also be hosting a fabulous TICA cat show for the first at the National Pet Show so you can see how professional judges from around the world rate their feline competitors. It’s a show within a show!!

LondonCats is a pawesome pet only communications and events company that also hosts their own cat expositions associated with The International Cat Association (TICA) at various locations across the UK such as this time at the National Pet Show. Their events are brilliant and we very much enjoy attending them!

We ourselves are going to be near the LondonCats area with our Katzenworld stall. We will have some very special lucky bags put together by Oliver & Nubia which will contain a selection of fantastic cat toys and snacks for your feline friends. 🙂

If you are there to find top quality cat and dog food we’d also recommend checking out the Almo Nature stall at the pet show as they do food that’s been specifically designed to cater for our carnivore friends.

Now if that wasn’t enough you keep you satisfied, how would like to see your own puss on the cat walk? Cat owners with competitive kitties can enter their felines into TopCats. Set up by the GCCF, this competition will see visitors cats judged on Condition, Temperament, Presentation and Personality to win rosettes for Best of Colour, Best in Show Pedigree Pet, Best in Show Non-Pedigree Pet and Best Household Pet.

Of course it’s not all about cats!! There’ll be plenty to see and do with a chance to meet small furries, including hamsters and rabbits, reptiles and of course lots of dogs.

And did I already that we’ll be there at the show on both days?? 🙂 So, if you make it there, be sure to drop by our stall and say hello. We always enjoy meeting our readers in person 🙂

Now, if you’ve read this far, you’ll be rewarded with a chance to win free entry to the show for one day (tickets can be used once for Saturday or Sunday entry). We have 10 physical pairs of tickets to give away – as we have to put them in post we have to limit this to addresses within the UK to arrive in time. But don’t worry if you live outside the UK and want to attend then we have 3 pairs of digital ticket vouchers to be used on the National Pet Show website.

For you chance to get your paws on tickets (real or digital will be decided by your location) please complete the actions in the Giveaway Tools box below.

And of course don’t leave the show empty handed, hit the aisles and shop ‘til you drop with stylish accessories, tasty treats and the latest gadgets on offer for your cherished pet. And just the right time to be thinking about Christmas presents.

Don’t forget to come past our stall – we’ll be happy to see you and show you our latest range of premium cat toys just out of the box from our friends 4Cats in Germany. Here’s wee Rennie trying out the Wrestlers.

For more information visit the National Pet Show website – www.thenationalpetshow.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/nationalpetshow
Twitter – www.twitter.com/nationalpetshow / @nationalpetshow