Japan expo pulls in the crowds

Fans of everything Japanese gathered to indulge in Japans culture, music, anime, art, fashion, food, travel and live entertainment at Jemy 2018.

THE concourse at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur was abuzz with exciting activities during the Japan Expo Malaysia (Jemy) 2018.

Fans of all things Japanese gathered to indulge in the country’s culture, music, anime, art, fashion, food, travel and live entertainment.

“We are pleased to be the host venue once again for Jemy 2018.

“Presented as part of Visit Pavilion 2018, this year’s Jemy returns with more new and exciting performances, experiences and flavours of Japan.

“It also serves as a platform for new brands to gain exposure before entering the Malaysian market as well as a great opportunity for cross-cultural experience for everyone,” Pavilion Kuala Lumpur marketing director Kung Suan Ai said at the launch.

Also present were Japan Embassy deputy head of mission Hiroyuki Orikasa, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur retail chief executive officer Datuk Joyce Yap and Jemy 2018 partners.

This year, the expo featured six exciting zones – Entertainment, Taste, Lifestyle and Academic, Trend, Travel and Prefecture, as well as Anime and Games across the mall’s concourse, level six and outdoor area.

Throughout the three-day event, which ended on Sunday, the mall’s concourse area was packed with star-studded performances.

Visitors got a chance to rub shoulders with popular cosplayers and celebrities at Jemy 2018.
Visitors got a chance to rub shoulders with popular cosplayers and celebrities at Jemy 2018.

Among the highlights was the return of pop sensation Pikotaro, who became famous for his song Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen, which went viral.

Pikotaro performed his brand new song at the event and also had a meet-and-greet session with fan.

Other special appearances and performances by Japanese artistes and teen idol groups included Ryoma Quartet, Naomichi Hanazono, You Kikkawa, misono, Ladybaby, ChocoLate Bomb, The Sixth Lie and Metropolis De Onelia.

Visitors also got a chance to rub shoulders with popular cosplayer Hiroyuki-Mitsume Takahash, actor Shogen and singer Ryuji Aoki.

On the sixth level, the booths at the Travel and Prefecture zone as well as Lifestyle and Academic zone were busy with those interested to visit or study in Japan.

Games and anime booths were on the same floor.

Meanwhile, foodies thronged the outdoor area in front of the mall’s entrance to check out the booths promoting Japanese food along with food sampling.

Organised by G-Yu Creative Company, Jemy 2018 was presented as part of Visit Pavilion 2018 and held in line with the seventh anniversary celebration of Tokyo Street, the mall’s award-winning precinct.

“Jemy brings together the best of Japanese culture, from quality products to the latest trends and unique foods, all under one roof for Malaysians to experience and feel.

It is the biggest event of its kind in Malaysia and it would certainly not be possible without the invaluable support of our partners,” said G-Yu Creative president and chief executive officer Yupharet Eakturapakal.

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