Japanese celebration in Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury shoppers are being invited to celebrate spring in the Japanese style.
The Parade Shopping Centre in St Mary’s Place is hosting an Oriental event on April 16 when a range of activities will be organised, including a talent show and Pokemon tournament
Alastair Donaghue, who owns the Cutesy Pop store in the ground floor of The Parade, explained the reason for holding the day.
“We are one of the very few shops in the country specialising in Japanese animation characters – we have customers from all over the UK – so we thought we would celebrate the arrival of spring with a special event.
“There will be a variety of stalls and attractions, cakes and sweet treats will be available, Reike healing treatments are on offer and we are encouraging everyone to come in costume,” he said.
Amongst refreshments on sale will be the popular oriental drink ‘bubble tea’ which is a form of milkshake including large chewy balls of fruit.
In addition the popularity of Japanese ‘anime’ characters will be promoted with a talent show and Church Stretton student Danielle Williamson, who performs as the character ‘Ichigo’ will be singing at 12pm and 3pm.
“There is a growing worldwide craze for Japanese cartoons, with people loving to dress up as the vibrant characters, called ‘cosplay’ and Shropshire has its fair share of followers,” Alastair said.
“We have been open for almost three 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 would be great to have a spring celebration to show what great fun it is.”

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