Back in November I got an email from Hyper Japan to tell me they’d just opened a shop in Stables Market at Camden Lock. With Christmas hurtling towards us you’re no doubt racking your brains for interesting presents, so I thought I’d pop down to Hyper Japan and see if I could find any ideas for you.
Camden Lock on a Saturday afternoon a week before Christmas is no place for the faint-hearted. And, though the Hyper Japan email said the shop was five minutes walk from Camden Town tube station, if you’re going I recommend coming at it from Chalk Farm tube station instead, which is near the Stables Market end, and avoiding some of the crowds.
I especially suggest you don’t go looking for it down the crowded passageways of Horse Tunnel Market – it isn’t in there and you may start to feel as though you’ve strayed into Diagon Alley.
If you take my advice and enter through the main Stables Market entrance, you’ll find the Hyper Japan shop dead ahead of you, past the model horses pulling a cart and the stairs to the lower level.
It’s quite a small shop, as you can see from the picture, and it’s mostly given over to sweets and cuddly toys.
I know that a lot of you love the special KitKat flavours they do in Japan, so you’ll be pleased to know they have a good collection, including golden citrus, strawberry shortcake, rum and raisin, shinshu apple, sakura matcha, wasabi and red bean sandwich. The prices, of course, are high – £5:50 for a selection of three. But, hey, it’s Christmas.
There’s also a selection of Pocky, though not the most interesting flavours, and they don’t stock my favourite chocolate sticks, Fran. (You can guess one reason why I like them, though the other reason is that they have thicker chocolate than Pocky).
There are some pretty traditional Hello Kitty in a range of sizes.
Some kawaii hair ornaments.
And some cuddly toys with fuku (good luck) written on them.
Or you could go for one of their small range of cookbooks.
And take it all home in one of these bags from Tofu Cute.
Update: Sadly, The Hyper Japan shop closed in early 2014.