Every year at SunnyCon we have promoted Japanese culture and 2017 will be no different. We will be announcing details on talks, activities and organizations who promote Japanese culture. Any updates will appear here over the coming months and leading up to the event.






Image from SunnyCon 5 performance by the Kaminari drummers.

Returning once again are the Kaminari UK Taiko Drummers. For SunnyCon Anime Expo 2017 they will be on hand performing and giving hands on demonstrations of the art of Taiko drumming.



SunnyCon Anime Expo whiskey tasting panel button.

For the first time at Sunny Anime Expo we will be holding a taste of Japanese whisky panel. You will get the chance to taste from 4 different Japanese whisky and learn about the process, history and different regions Japanese whisky is distilled. This panel will be held on Saturday of the event.


This panel is 18+ and all participants must provide valid ID upon entering on the day. There will be only 30 spots open and there is a £10 charge to cover the costs involved in this panel. You can buy tickets from 8:30pm on April 13th from our Tickets Page


SunnyCon Anime Expo Japanese taster panel with Newcastle University.

Newcastle University will be returning once again to Sunny Expo for a taster in Japanese language. Whether you're an absolute novice or just want to understand what your favourite character is screaming when undergoing that 2 episode transformation, this panel is for you. The folks from Newcastle University will be on hand to demonstrate just how easy it can be to start learning Japanese and who knows maybe you can start learning now and become fluent just in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

JAPANESE CHILDREN’S FAVOURITE STORIES WITH MICHELE KNOTZ.Panel at SunnyExpo 2017 with Machele Knotz as she looks at the world of Japanese Childrens Stories


Fairy Tales. They entertain us as well as teach us. They help us learn and make us smile. They inspire us and broaden our imaginations. Around the world they have time-honoured stories and fairy tales that children cherish and pass on to their children and their children. In this panel we’re going to take a look at some examples of Japanese children’s favourite stories as we read them to you. This is an audience participation panel. We’re going to call up those who would like to become one of the characters within these beautiful stories and bring them to life. Join us in celebrating the time-honoured traditions, values, and enjoyment of these beloved Japanese stories.


SunnyCon Anime Expo performer Akari Mochizuki

Akari is from Iwakuni in Yamaguchi prefecture. When she was 3 years old, she started singing enka (a variety of traditional Japanese music which often takes the form of sentimental ballads) thanks to the influence of her father, who was a great fan of the genre. Akari studied drama in Cambridge and modern music in London, and started working as a professional singer in 2009. She has performed as an enka and minyo (Japanese folk music) singer for numerous occasions, including WOMAD 2010, Hyper Japan and Japan Matsuri.


SunnyCon Anime Expo performer Akari Mochizuki

The koto is a thirteen stringed zither with a harp like sound. It has been played in Japan for around 1000 years, in court orchestras and as a solo instrument. The shamisen is a three stringed fretless banjo like instrument, commonly used in folk music. Both are played in this performance by Michael Graham who moved to Japan in 2000 where he started to learn traditional Japanese music and since returning to the UK in 2009, has continued to practice, perform, write and teach the music of both instruments, playing at several world music events in the North of England. As well as hearing traditional and original pieces, an explanation of the instruments and a little of their history will be discussed, with a chance afterwards to see the instruments close up and ask any questions.

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