Do you love shopping but are afraid to break your budget? Do you need an affordable gift at short notice? Do you enjoy browsing through cute knick-knacks? Do you love the 100 Yen shops in Japan? If you answer in the affirmative to any of these questions, then Kawaii is your store. Located at King William Street, everything in Kawaii costs only $2.80.
Kawaii is the Japanese term for cuteness. True to its name, everything in the store is from Japan and there are lots of cute, lovable items on display. Walking into the store, both sides of the entrance are covered with colourful packets of Japanese snacks like Matcha (Green Tea) Truffle Mousse Balls and Oreo Matcha Sandwich Biscuits. As is typical of Japanese products, all the snacks are packaged very attractively.
Wandering around the store we found sandals, stationery, kitchenware, laundry items, gifts, party wares, storage items and even clothing. My parents were pleased to find a rack full of the laundry bags that they have been looking for. They bought a few bags on our Hokkaido trip and love them because the sliders of the zips are covered by a piece of material to prevent them from snagging the clothes during the washing cycle. Trust the Japanese to pay attention to such details.
We ended up buying six items for $16.80 – a pair of health sandals for my mother, cotton swabs for baby for cleaning narrow crevices, two laundry bags and two types of Matcha snacks. Kawaii reminds us of the neighbourhood department stores in Singapore, where one can buy any household products. It's similar to The Reject Shop in Rundle Mall, except that everything is from Japan and everything costs $2.80.