Japan Day is planned

The colourful craze for Japanese animation characters has reached Shrewsbury and will be celebrated at a special event next month.

A Japan Day will be held at The Parade shopping centre off St Mary’s Place on August 3 when visitors will be invited to explore the oriental country’s entertainment and food.

In particular, the popularity of Japanese ‘anime’ characters will be promoted with a fashion show, make-up displays and video games.

Alastair Donaghue, who owns the Cutesy Pop store in the ground floor of The Parade, explained the reason for hosting the event.

“There is a growing worldwide craze for Japanese cartoons, with people loving to dress up as the vibrant characters, called ‘cosplay’ and Shrewsbury has its fair share of followers,” he said.

“We have been open for almost two years and sell anime merchandise and cute and quirky fashion inspired by the Harajuku part of Tokyo where people feel free to wear outrageous outfits. We thought it was about time that we held a celebration to show what great fun it is.”

The event will run from 11am until 4pm and will feature art workshops, a cosplay catwalk with prize for the best outfit, make-up including face painting, pokemon video game tournament, cupcakes and origami.

Factsheets about Japanese culture will be handed out and volunteers in cosplay outfits will be handing out leaflets around town publicising the event.

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