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Step into Japan through Japan Park

Japan Park 2018

The inaugural Japan Park 2018 is happening now at Suntec Convention Center Hall 403 and 404 from 4th of August to 5th of August. The tagline of the event is “Play, Get and Taste a selection from 47 Prefectures”. Be sure to come with an empty stomach so that you can eat your fill at the event itself. You can also buy a piece of ‘Japan’ back home in form of a tatami at The Tatami Shop.

Event Map

The entrance fee is SGD15 for a day and SGD25 for two days. The area itself isn’t that big that would warrant a two full day visits. However, if there are performances at the main stage that you wish to catch on both day, the two day pass will be suitable for you. There are other special package ticket which comes with either a special Keisuke Ramen or a VIP ticket for Poppin’Party, a popular girl band in Japan. More information at this link.

6 Zones of Japan Park

6 Zones of Japan Park

There are a total of 6 zones in Japan Park. The Omakase stage is where you will catch a list of performance ranging from traditional Japanese Dance to Celebrity Cosplayer talk show. Check out the time table below to make sure you don’t miss the performance that you are interested in.

Omakase Stage Time Table

KUNI-KEN Shamisen Live

If you have kids and wish to burn some of their endless energy, sign them up for the sports challenge at the Kids Sport zone. The challenge involves a few physical tests which will last about 20 minutes. The booth is hosted by the Albirex Niigata Singapore FC  which is a satellite of Albirex Niigata of Japan. The Singapore team has been playing in the S.League since 2004.

Kids Sports Zone

CharaExpo Mini

CharaExpo Mini

Unlike the last CharaExpo, this mini edition is definitely not comparable to the full scale CharaExpo of last year. The area is much smaller than the previous year. However, for fans of  BanG Dream!, this year CharaExpo will not disappoint you. Members from Poppin’Party will be performing live at the Omakase stage on the last day of Japan Park.


There was also a Yukata talk show on the first day where all the fans get to meet the members of Poppin’Party.

Giant posters for you to take picture

Other than BanG! Dream, Love Live is also another franchise that is promoted at this year CharaExpo Mini. There is a booth dedicated to Love Live where a big screen version of the popular Love Live School Idol Festival is available for you to try.

You can also get merchandises at the Bushiroad booth located in CharaExpo Mini. Some items are already sold out on Day 1. So make sure to get them quickly if you have decided on what to buy.

Bushiroad Booth

Experience Japan

Japan Park

There are a few unique Japan experience you can get to try out at Japan park. Koka city is known as the city of Ninja in Japan. Try your hands at shooting some ninja shuriken at a target. It is definitely not as simple as you think.

Koka Ninja

Matsuri game is another popular activity enjoyed by many in Japan during any Matsuri (festival). There are however only two games available at the Maturi Game booth.


For the tea lovers, you can get an authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony experience . There are limited time slot so you may wish to register earlier with the staff.

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Food at WA-Shiok Gourmet Festa

Gourmet Festa

The WA-ShiokGourmet Festa is where you will find some of the best Japanese restaurants that are available in Singapore. With 18 stores including Keisuke Ramen, Ginza Lion and Menya Sakura, you will be able to enjoy all the different food together at the same time.

The event uses a cashless token system. Your wristband is how you will pay. Do note that the credits inside are non-refundable, so top-up them gradually and not at a single go.

Japan Park is definitely an event for Japanese lover. The event itself covers a broad base of Japanese Culture. However, the breadth comes at the expense of depth. It doesn’t feel like a Matsuri to me, nor does it feels like an Anime/Manga event. Nonetheless, Japan Park is a good to visit for the weekend for all the Japanese lovers out there.


Japan Park Singapore 2018

Venue: Suntec City Convention Centre Halls 403-404

Date: 4th and 5th August 2018




Rimi Nishimoto’s (voice of Ushigome Rimi in BanG Dream!) Interview

Are you a fan of BanG Dream!? If so, you must not miss the upcoming Japan Park Singapore (JPSG) 2018 held on the 4th and 5th of August. The popular Poppin’Party band is performing live at JPSG! All the band members will be here in Singapore except drummer Ayaka Ohashi.

Before we finally get to enjoy their music live in Singapore, we manage to get an exclusive interview with Rimi Nishimoto who voiced Ushigome Rimi, the bassist of Poppin’Party.

Nishimoto Rimi provides the voice of Rimi Ushigome. ©BanG Dream! Project ©bushiroad All Rights Reserved

[GameTrader.SG (GT)] How has becoming a Seiyuu changed your life?

[Rimi] My life has completely changed because before becoming a voice actress, I was very a shy and simple girl from the rural part of Japan. Now, I perform in front of people as an actress and musician, I give energy to the people with my performance. I am still trying to become a great artist that can really inspire people.

[GT] Could you share with us how did you started with Voice Acting? Were you scouted or you applied for the role?

[Rimi] I started when I auditioned for a new group in an animated series called Milky Homes. I actually wasn’t selected but they remembered me playing the guitar during the audition. When they were putting together BanG Dream!, they contacted me to be part of the show.

[GT] We love BanG Dream! What do you enjoy about being part of BanG Dream providing the voice of Ushigome Rimi?

[Rimi] My character Ushigoma Rimi is a very girly and feminine character. She’s very adorable and I really enjoy playing her as she’s very cute. Rimi loves eating chocolate in the anime, which is very similar to me, as I love chocolates!

[GT] We also heard that you are into games! What are the recent game titles that you have played and enjoyed?

[Rimi] Nintendo Switch’s Splatoon 2! I am constantly playing that.

©BanG Dream! Project ©bushiroad All Rights Reserved

[GT] Who were you inspired by or what anime inspired you to be one?

[Rimi] I love Angel Beats, which inspired me to be a voice actress. As for who’s my inspiration as a voice actress, I do not have anyone in mind.

[GT] Lastly, any upcoming development for BanG Dream! or Poppin’Party that you would like to share with us?

[Rimi] On 11th of July, Poppin’Party will release our 10th single called Double Rainbow, along with a new song, 最高 (さあいこう)!. Also, Poppin’Party will be performing in a ticketed event in Shanghai on 21st of July called “ビリビリマクロリンク” at the Mercedes Benz Arena.

(C) JPSG2018

Catch the live performance of Poppin’Party at this year’s Japan Park Singapore 2018.

Read more about the event at our previous post.


Japan Park Singapore 2018

Venue: Suntec City Convention Centre Halls 403-404

Date: 4th and 5th August 2018


Facebook: JapanParkSG

Instagram: @JapanParkSG

Japan Park Singapore 2018 – bringing Japan to Singapore

Credit © JPSG 2018

Come 4th August, The first inaugural Japan Park Singapore will be held at Suntec Convention Centre. If you like all things Japanese, this is a event that you would want to go. 47 Prefectures of Japan, covering travel, food, technology, lifestyle, entertainment, sports and trends will be there at Japan Park for you to see, experience and taste.

From left: Mr Tomotaka Takahashi (inventor), Ms Rimi Nishimoto (voice actress),  Ms Misa (emcee) and Mr Haruhiko Miyano (organiser of JPSG) Credit © JPSG 2018

Some highlights of the show include:

• Poppin’Party from BanG Dream! will be performing live on the Omakase stage

• Performance by Ukon Nishikawa, renowned Japanese traditional dance performer

• Live performance by sumi (ink painting) artist, OKAZU 

• Appearance by pro-wrestler, Jushin Thunder Liger

• Stage performance by singer, Kiwako Ashimine

• Joseph Schooling will be making an appearance as well

• Exclusive culinary dishes by Keisuke Ramen, Bistro Ryu, Fukuyoshi and many more!

Credit © JPSG 2018

For the foodies, the WA-Shiok Gourmet Festa will feature some of the best Japanese Restaurants in Singapore. From Ramen, to Wagyu Hamburg Steak, some of these items will be priced below $10.

Credit ©BanG Dream! Project ©bushiroad All Rights Reserved

Charaexpo Mini is another highlight of the event for the game and anime fans. There will be games corner for visitors to try and also voice actors and actresses whom you can meet. Bushiroad’s BanG Dream!, Love Live School Idol Festival and Cardfight!! Vanguard will also be featured at Charaexpo Mini.

If you are a fan of the popular anime BanG Dream!, you will be happy to know that Poppin’Party will be performing live at the event itself!

Sales of Early Bird ticket starts on 16 June at


Japan Park Singapore 2018

Venue: Suntec City Convention Centre Halls 403-404

Date: 4th and 5th August 2018


Facebook: JapanParkSG

Instagram: @JapanParkSG

Read on for our exclusive interview with Rimi Nishimoto who provided the voice of Ushigome Rimi in BanG Dream!