In my final post about Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas I thought I’d focus on the true spirit of Christmas – shopping! Hyper Japan was the place to pick up kawaii (cute) and otaku (geeky) Christmas presents this year, and I could have spent a fortune just on presents for myself!
Other than the food stalls (which I’ve covered in another post), some of my favourite shops at Hyper Japan were: AOI CLOTHING, ARTBOX, CAKES WITH FACES, Doki Japanese Tableware, FUJI KIMONO, GENKI GEAR, JAPANYA, JP Books, JPU Records, Keiko Kato Designs, Kiss Me Kill Me, KYOTO-NANTAN, Little Mizz Kitty, Miwary, Pixie Bunny, POP-UP TOKYO, Roxie Sweetheart, Something Kawaii, Strawberry Mushrooms, sushi noms, Tanabata, Third Window Films, Tofu Cute, twobadbananas, and YASUNOBU SHIDAMI. These are mainly shops selling fashion accessories, but also shops selling kawaii goods both Japanese and inspired by Japan, Japanese books, CDs and DVDs, Japanese crafts, and Japanese inspired artwork.
Although I couldn’t buy much at Hyper Japan, it didn’t stop me from having a good look around and adding things to my wishlist…
Japanese shops are known for their gift wrapping services, which are often free of charge. At Hyper Japan it was possible to take the items you had purchased to the gift wrapping stall to have them wrapped up Japanese-style.
So, that’s it for another Hyper Japan! In case you missed them, here are links to my other posts about Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas, which took place in London from 23rd to 25th November 2012:
And, if you can’t be bothered to read all of that, here’s a little cheesy video I made which just about sums everything up…
Even though Earls Court, which has been home to Hyper Japan, is said to be closing down, I’ve been reassured that Hyper Japan will be back next year, somehow, somewhere. I’ll let you know as soon as I hear any news, but do keep an eye on the Hyper Japan website too! If you’re interested in trying to save Earls Court, you might want to sign the online petition here. (*^_^)v