Doki Doki - The Manchester Japanese Festival


After-party | Raffle | Culture | Language | Food & drink | Fashion & cosplay | Games | Films | Music, dance & performance | Art | Martial arts

Below are details of the events that are confirmed to be taking place at the 2019 festival so far.

Please note all hour long talks and the film screening will now take place in The Bread Shed which is opposite to our venue's main entrance. If you wish to see the first talk when they are announced, you must have a pre-bought ticket and we will have someone on the entrance door to The Bread Shed to give you a festival wristband. Timetable TBA

Details of the events that took place at the previous festivals are available: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2013 | 2011


In the evening following the main festival, there will be a cosplay after-party co-hosted by the Manchester University Japanimation Society (MUJS), with DJs playing J-pop/rock/dance, anime and video game themes.

Taking part in the evening event will be, DJ Neo Kei and DJ Happosai. MUJS will be organising games and events throughout the evening and. Details to be confirmed.

It will be held at The Bread Shed (on the same road from Sugden Sports Centre), from 8.30pm until 1am. Entry will be free-of-charge and open to people aged 18 and above only.



A raffle, with all proceeds going to Doki Doki's supported charity.


Talks, panels, stalls and workshops on various aspects of Japanese culture.

Panel: Japanese Pop Culture

A panel session with the following guests answering questions on Japanese modern pop culture:

  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • Panel: Traditional Japanese Culture

    A panel session with the following guests answering questions of anyone interested in Japan's rich historical culture:

  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • Demonstration: Japanese Calligraphy

    Demonstrations by Aid For Japan. At the Aid For Japan stall the group will teach and show how to do Japanese Calligraphy throughout the day. Be sure to call there to get something nice for Christmas. All donations go to charity.

    Talk: Aid for Japan

    Akemi Solloway will give a talk about Aid for Japan, the charity she founded to provide long-term support for orphans of the 2011 Tohoku disaster in Japan, which the Doki Doki Festival is pleased to support.

    Talk: How Comics Have Retold The Story Of The Samurai For A Modern Generation

    When it comes to pop culture, comics have grown into a global force, representing different customs around the world. History has been captured through comic giants like Marvel and DC. The same can be said for Japanese history and the representation of samurai.

    Join Jamie Ryder for his talk on how comics have retold the story of the samurai for a modern generation. Through characters like Wolverine, he’ll explore the western perspective of bushido and how writers such as Chris Claremont introduced Japanese culture into mainstream comics. He’ll also address the status of female samurai and their treatment as warriors.

    Japanese Society North West

    Japan Society North West

    The Japan Society North West (JSNW) was founded in May 2004. It is the successor to the UK Japan Society of the North West, which was founded in 1996 to provide a focus for local companies with business interests in Japan. Through meetings and other activities they provide opportunities for all those living in the northwest of England, and in north Wales, to understand and appreciate the people, culture and language of Japan.

    The JSNW team will be supervising the Origami stall.

    Manchester Japanese Study Group

    The Manchester Japanese Study Group is a mixed level study group for people learning Japanese in Manchester. They meet every Friday in Manchester from 5-7pm. They also hold a social event every month which members and their friends are welcome to attend.

    The Manchester Japanese Study Group will be hosting the Japanese Language Competition and also running a few traditional Japanese festival games.


    Activities involving the Japanese language.

    Japanese language competition

    We are holding a competition for people learning to speak the Japanese language. It will be split into three levels: beginner, intermediate and advance. The Manchester Japanese Study Group will host the event. This event will be held in a small meeting room upstairs from Sugden Sports Centre main hall at 11:30am. This area has a new disabled lift for access, please ask the sports hall staff to assist you.

    For an application form, please contact us. Or sign up at the main desk on the day

    Food & drink

    Stalls serving Japanese food and drink.

    Fashion & cosplay

    All attendees are encouraged to attend wearing traditional or contemporary Japanese fashion or cosplay.

    Please read the cosplay rules on the Doki Doki FAQ, especially the props rules, which apply to all attendees.

    There are male and female changing rooms with coin-operated lockers available on-site.

    CLAM Activities: All proceeds go to Aid For Japan

    CLAM will be running various charity activities on their table throughout the day for our sponsored charity Aid For Japan. Turn up at the CLAM table for drawings, makeovers, tarot readings and general nonsense.

    Panel: Cosplay

    A panel session with the following guests answering questions on cosplay culture:

  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • Cosplay competition

    A Cosplay Championship and Cosplay Masquerade with prizes will be judged by a panel of cosplay guests.

    Full details of both cosplay competitions are available on the Doki Doki FAQ.

    The Cosplay Championship is open to age 16+ only and the costume must be 80% made by the entrant.

    The Cosplay Masquerade is open to everyone regardless of age or made/bought costume.

    Fashion show

    If you’ve got a real passion for fashion and fancy showing off your latest J-style creation or your favourite kawaii outfit on the new DokiDoki runway stage, why not sign up and take part – it’s free to anyone with an event entry ticket.

    The Fashion Show is not a competition, every entry will be put in a raffle to win prizes. For more information please check out the link below.

  • Doki Doki Fashion Show

  • Games

    Video games


    A Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game tournament with a prize for the overall winner. Sign-up will be on the day. Yu-Gi-Oh! Deck list needed, 40 minute rounds, best of 3, Normal banlist followed. This event will be held in a small meeting room upstairs from Sugden Sports Centre main hall at 12:30am. This area has a new disabled lift for access, please ask the sports hall staff to assist you. Prizes are sponsored by Fan Boy 3.


    Demonstrations of the ancient board game of Go by the British Go Association.

    Other Traditional Japanese Board Games

    Discover the world of traditional Japanese card and board games! The Traditional Japanese Games Club will be providing a selection of traditional Japanese board games such as Shogi, Hanafuda, Riichi Mahjong and Uta-garuta. The board gaming area is now located in Halls A&B.


    Music, dance & performance


    Various activities involving different forms of Japanese art.


    Lessons in origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, plus finished models for sale, with proceeds going to Doki Doki's supported charity.

    Artist Demonstrations

    At Doki Doki 2019 we have 2 artist guests who will be running art demonstrations at their table near the main entrance throughout the day. Please visit them for advice and help in all your art projects.

    Artist panel

    A panel session featuring some of the artists attending the festival, where they will answer questions put to them by the festival organisers and the audience.

  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • Art competition

    Draw a piece of art inspired by anime, manga, video games, Japanese culture, etc. The only rule is that the entry must be drawn on the day on official competition entry paper. The event will run from 12:00 to 15:00 in Hall A&B seating area and be judged by this years artist guests.

    Martial arts

    More to be announced!
    Website designed by Electrolion & managed by Tabbron Promotions.