The HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market is a great place to shop for unusual, offbeat items for yourself or as festive gifts, and if that’s what you’re after then be sure to head to the JP Books stall when you visit. As well as offering Europe’s largest range of Japanese books and cultural materials via their central London store and online, JP Books often introduces the UK to novel and interesting Japanese goodies that just aren’t available elsewhere.
For a gift that embodies the modern, quirky and light-hearted side of Japan, the range of brightly-coloured silicone purses and other products from p+g design make the perfect gifts. As well as the iconic POCHI purse pictured here, which even comes in the guise of a Shiba-Inu dog, you can choose from pencil cases, business card holders (including one shaped like a games console controller!) mobile phone covers and much more.
Also available from JP Books is a range of PARA-PARA flip books from the publisher Seigensha that have become a media sensation in Japan, with over 900,000 sold and 1.5 million views on YouTube. You may have created your own flip pictures on your school exercise book, but these works of genius are in a different league entirely. The beautifully drawn pictures generate a mesmerizing moving story that you’ll want to enjoy time and time again when you flick the pages. In a world where technology is all-pervading, the “low-tech” charm of these simple but highly effective artworks is even more out of the ordinary.
For these and other Japanese curiosities, pay a visit to the JP Books stand at the HYPER JAPAN Christmas market!
JP Books website: http://shop.jpbooks.co.uk/en/
p+g design website: http://www.pgdesign.com/
PARA-PARA website: http://www.seigensha.com/sp/flipbook/en/