The past is not always forgotten
A 'matsuri' festival is planned with the Brighton & Hove Japanese Club, involving a handful of stallholders pitching up in Bartholomew Square selling Japanese goods and a few obscure Japanese rock bands that happen to be in England at the time. What was meant to be a small, low-key event is over-run with literally thousands of people.
Brighton Japan grows into a two-day festival due to popular demand, with the introduction of the Asahi Anime Festival, a celebration of Cosplay, Lolita fashion, and anime. With double the number of stalls as the previous year, the festival becomes one of the most successful festivals in the city.
Brighton Japan grows into a ten-day celebration of film, theatre, popular culture and food. Some of the most prestigious venues in Brighton join the festival, including Duke of York's Picturehouse Cinema, the Brighton Dome & Pavilion Theatre, Hotel Du Vin, and various cafes and clubs across the city.
A massive marquee covers Bartholomew Square in front of Moshimo (the main sponsor of the festival), which features nightly performances and events, including the Frank Chickens.
With a separate film festival at the Duke of York's, whiskey tastings at Hotel du Vin, children's theatre at Brighton Dome's Pavilion Theatre, quirky retro-gaming events at Marwood's Coffee Shop, and a series of lectures and workshops organised by the Brighton Meditation Group, the festival cements its reputation as one of the best in the city's busy festival calendar - and the largest annual Japanese cultural festival in the UK.
The highlight of the festival becomes the dedicated tent known as “HÔMU”, a Supper Club with nightly sold-out events and performances.
2013 will be the year that BRIGHTON JAPAN achieves its ambition to become the benchmark for Japanese festivals in the UK.