With less than a month to go now until the big day, Christmas shopping was on the minds of many visitors at day two of the 2016 HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market, with plenty of entertainment and refreshments on hand as well.
For a special and truly different gift idea, lots of people were browsing in the MIYABI Traditional Culture Space for a wide range of unique and original Japanese artworks and handicrafts. This collective consists of 34 artists and craftspeople, each of whom puts their skills to use making calligraphy, ceramics, paintings and other artworks. Any of these would make a great gift to treasure or a treat for yourself.
There’s also a great deal on offer for those after something a bit more kawaii, including a great range of Japanese fashion and accessories. With that in mind, many were flocking to the Dreamy Bows pop-up store, to check out the Autumn/Winter collection from Listen Flavor and many other J-Fashion styles. Also proving popular was the range of beautifully styled men’s and ladies’ wear from Aoi Clothing of Paris, including traditional kimono.
Food and drink also make great gifts, of course, and there was plenty on offer on that score. A bottle of premium sake makes a novel and interesting choice for giving at Christmas or New Year, while some beautiful wagashi confectionery from Minamoto Kitchoan is a classy alternative to the standard box of chocs.
The undoubted highlight of the day for many, however, was the first appearance of this year’s headliners, THE HOOPERS, billed as eight boys dressed as beautiful girls, whose androgynous charm and irresistible sound had the crowd going wild. If you’ve got a serious case of FOMO as a result of reading this, don’t worry; there’s still time to get yourself down to Tobacco Dock for tomorrow’s final session, where THE HOOPERS will be performing again.