Korean Celebrity Goods and Foods Store at Kansai Airport
On March 6, the Kansai Airport Hanjokan, a store specializing in Korean merchandise, opened in Kansai International Airport in Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture. The store will be open for a limited time.
Located on the third floor of the passenger terminal, the sales floor has an area of 43 m2. Hanjokan is an abbreviated Japanese phrase meaning “Korea Information Hall.” “Han” means “Korea,” but a different character of the same pronunciation also appears in a Japanese expression meaning “prosperous business.”
Hanjokan mainly handles Korean celebrity merchandise, DVDs of music videos and concerts, along with a wide selection of Korean foods and folk crafts and more. Almost everything is imported from Korea. Among the best-selling items are merchandise by famous Korean musicians like DVDs (1,900+ yen) and stationary, Potato Noodle Soup (600 yen for four packs) and Topokki Snacks (190 yen).
The place has been so busy with airport visitors day after day since its opening that the store’s manager, Koichi Yoshida, said, “Now I really know how popular Korean goods are.” Customers include travelers shopping for souvenirs on their return from trips to Korea and those wanting to “build up their travel excitement” before embarking on a trip there.
Hanjokan is open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. until May 31.