Doki Doki - The Manchester Japanese Festival

Events

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

Below are details of the events that are confirmed to be taking place at the 2017 festival so far.

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

Culture

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

Panel: Japanese Pop Culture

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

Panel: Traditional Japanese Culture

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

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 the 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: Toys for the Soul Religion and Legends

A talk by Helena Gaudekova. Discovering the spiritual dimension of traditional Japanese toys. Unlike the Euro-American tradition, Japanese toys will be shown as being very closely linked to spiritual and religious practices of Japan.

Talk: Shinto, Buddhist and Summer Festivals in Japan

A talk by Angela Davies. Angela will talk about Shinto, Buddhist and Summer Festivals that occur throughout the calendar and seasonal year. Including some of the more interesting locally held festivals such as the Nebuta festival in Aomori ,the Awa Odori in Tokushima and the Gion festival in Kyoto.

Talk: Bushido

A talk by Akemi Solloway Bushido is a Japanese term for the samurai way of life. The "way" itself originates from the samurai moral values, most commonly stressing some combination of frugality, loyalty, martial arts mastery, and honour until death.


Language

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.

For an application form, please contact us.


Food & drink

Stalls serving Japanese food and drink.

Sushi Craft

Sushi, bento and more.

Welcome to Sushi Craft

Sweet Octopus

Japanese cakes and tea.

Sweet Octopus - Patisseries from Tokyo - Specialists in Japanese-themed parties and events - www.sweetoctopus.co.uk - takahorton@sweetoctopus.co.uk

SugarSalt

Japanese bread products.

SugarSalt - Specialists in Japanese bread products and cakes in Chester - www.facebook.com/SugarSaltinChester

M.A.G.O. Cafe

MAGO Maids.

M.A.G.O. Cafe will be providing a table waiting service for an extra charge on your food or drink purchase, with proceeds going to Doki Doki's supported charity

We are happy to present the M.A.G.O Cafe! M.A.G.O. Cafe stands for Maids. Anime. Games. Otaku. Previously known as Otaku Cafe; M.A.G.O. Cafe is UK based travelling maid cosplay cafe. They and Sweet Octopus will be providing yummy authentic Japanese drinks and treats.


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 forum, especially the props rules, which apply to all attendees.

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

Cosplay competition

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

Full details of the cosplay competition are available on the Doki Doki forum.

Fashion show

If youve 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 its free to anyone with an event entry ticket. Please email info@dokidokifestival.com for an application form or simply sign up on the day.

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
  • CLAM
    clam

    CLAM - J Fashion NW UK will be attending Doki Doki and will be in charge of the fashion show area. Throughout the day the stage will host talks on various J-Fashions and maintenance (times TBA).

    CLAM is the official J-Fashion group for the North West, representing lolita fashion in this area of the UK. They hold monthly meet ups for fashion enthusiasts, engaging in activities such as tea parties, museum trips, craft meets, shopping trips and fashion shows. At their stand they'll be displaying j-fashion magazines, doing chibi drawings and giving you the chance to try kawaii fashion items to raise money for Aid For Japan!

    Kimono Demonstration

    A demonstration by Elizabeth Hitchins who runs Kimono Stylist on how to dress in a traditional kimono correctly.

    Visit her website for details

    Talk: Cosplay Skits Around the World

    Tab from Khaos Kostumes Looks at different styles of cosplay performance in different countries, featuring entries into the World Cosplay Summit, EuroCosplay and other inspiring videos.

    Cosplay guests

    The following cosplayers will be attending the festival as guests, judging the cosplay competition, holding workshops and being involved in other activities.

    Helen Alice Cosplay
    Helen Alice Cosplay

    Doki Doki 2017 would like to welcome Helen Alice Cosplay as one of our cosplay guests and judges this year. Helen Alice is from the midlands, with 9 years of cosplaying and crafting and over 40 cosplays under her belt. Helen is a sewing specialist, shes dabbled in almost every avenue of cosplay and is always up for helping people with their costumes, and coming up with fixes to every problem cosplay might throw.

    A regular to competitions, Helen has won various awards, and qualified to represent the UK in 2017s European Cosplay Gathering. Shes always here for helping people get up on stage, and will be a personal cheerleader for anyone who needs one. Shes also worked for Sky, HBO and attends book launches with her cosplay work. Come by her table at the convention to come see her and check out her cosplays.


    Games

    Video games

    The Nights of Gaming will be providing a selection of modern and retro Japanese video games to play.

    Yu-Gi-Oh!

    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.

    Go

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

    Board and Card Games

    An area will be set aside this year overlooking one of the main halls where you can join in with board games or card games and play with your friends. We will not provide anything for this area other than tables or chairs so if you wish to bring your own games please do.


    Films

    Anime and live-action Japanese film screenings throughout the day.


    Music, dance & performance

    SOAS Min'yo

    SOAS Min'Yo

    Formed in 2012, SOAS Min'yo are a Japanese folk group of singers, shamisen players, shakuhachi players, percussionists and dancers.

    Akari Mochizuki

    Akari Mochizuki is the only enka (Japanese blues) singer in UK.

    Akari started singing enka at the age of three. She studied drama in Cambrige and contemporary music in London and started her career as a professional singer in 2009. Since then, she has performed on many occasions, showcasing Japanese folk music with Tsugaru Shamisen virtuoso, Hibiki Ichikawa.

    Taiko

    Thunderdrummers

    Performances of taiko, traditional Japanese drumming, by Thunderdrummers.

    Thunderdrummers Cumbria are a community based Taiko drumming group from Cumbria and North Lancashire. They play for fun, fitness and creativity, and pass on their skills to people who want to learn.

    GS 1.0

    At the 2017 Doki Doki Festival Evening Event there will be a return performance by GS 1.0.

    GS 1.0 are an English three-piece Alt Rock band inspired by fantasy! Heavily inspired by Japan, they love fantasy in all its forms, from anime and gaming, to movies and beyond. Their quest is to make great music inspired by stories. They last performed at our 2015 festival.

    GS 1.0 focus on writing original songs, whether it's inspiration from alternate worlds or celebrating specific well-known characters an example being their Naruto themed album 'Songs Of Shinobi', theyalso enjoy putting their own spin on everyone's most well-loved anime and gaming themes. Get ready to hear some of your favourite anime openings such as Ouran High School Host Club, Yuri!! On Ice, One-Punch Man, Pokemon and more...

    Awa Odori

    Dancer Awa SirenAwa Odori will give dance performances during the day.

    DJ Neo Kei

    Neo Kei

    DJ Neo Kei will be playing a variety of styles of Japanese popular music throughout the day.

    Koto

    Performances on the koto, a traditional stringed instrument, by Sumie Kent.

    Shamisen

    Liam Morgan will be playing the shamisen, a 400 year old instrument. Don't let its age fool you – it has a fast, heavy and distinct sound!

    Madly Scientific Productions

    Madly Scientific Productions

    Madly Scientific Productions is run by Evelyn - a cosplayer, performer and singer who loves to sing songs from popular and niche anime and games. She has been singing for her whole life, from being classically trained to switching to a more relaxed style when she discovered her love of anime and j-pop. She is an amateur performer who loves to have fun with her act and create new memories and experiences.

    Maid Fuka

    Maid Fuka

    Maid Fuka is Karaoke Idol! Inspired by her love of singing and Performing in the Maid cafes she's been apart of, She sing songs from anime, games as that is her passion and also help her improve her singing along the way. So get ready to clap and sing along with her has she love to see you smile and have fun when she performs.

    Iridescent Idols

    Iridescent Idols

    Iridescent Idols are a group of shining individuals who bonded over a love for idol culture and wish to share it with others. They dance to bring to light the joy of being idols, and their aim is to bring a smile to the face of everyone who watches them perform! The group performs as Muse from the idol anime *Love Live!*

    Aquaria Project

    Aquaria Project

    Aquaria Project are an idol cosplay group from Manchester who are coming back to perform at Doki Doki for the second year in a row! Expect all your favourite Aqours songs, as well as a couple of new surprises! They hope to see you all there!


    Art

    Various activities involving different forms of Japanese art.

    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.

    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 competition will run during the afternoon and be judged by some of the artists attending the festival.


    Martial arts

    Demonstrations of various forms of Japanese martial arts.

    Samurai & Shinobi

    Circle Martial Arts

    Demonstrations of samurai and shinobi (ninja) martial arts by Circle Martial Arts.

    Workshops will be held to learn how to use some of the weapons. Have your photograph taken with a fully-armoured samurai proceeds willl go to Doki Doki's supported charity and to support Circle Martial Arts' dojo as it improves its facilities and provides an amazing place to train.

    Kobudo

    Demonstrations of the Okinawan weapon-based martial art of kobudo by Bukido Kobudo Dojo.


    Raffle

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


    After-party

    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 there will be a charity Maid Cafe at the event. Details to be confirmed.

    It will be held at The Footage (on the same road from Sugden Sports Centre), from 9pm until 2am. Entry will be free-of-charge and open to people aged 18 and above only.

    More to be announced!
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