Lizzy Mitchell from Warwick Conferences has been in touch to tell us about one of the UK’s largest celebrations of Japanese culture, which they staged at the University of Warwick over a weekend in September.

More than 1,200 colourfully dressed enthusiasts paid tribute to Japanese comic book, animation and pop music characters to celebrate the sixth Ayacon festival at the conference and events arm of the University of Warwick.

Activities included an introduction to the Kimono, Taiko drumming workshops and the extravagant masquerade, which brought a fitting climax to the spectacle, with attendees donning make-up, wigs and an outlandish array of costumes to replicate Japanese cult heroes.

There were Samurai Warriors as well as iconic anime characters, including Princess Mononoke and Kenshin. In keeping with the far eastern theme, the venue’s chefs also brought a taste of Tokyo to attendees by specially preparing a selection of tasty Asian delicacies.

Rachael Bartlett, head of sales and marketing at Warwick Conferences, said:

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