Kinokuniya is paradise. For book lovers, stationery hoarders, academics, wordies and geeks of all kind. Whether you speak English, Chinese or Japanese the choice of books is titanic. There are hundreds of beautiful art and design tomes, every classic piece of literature in every version with every cover from recent years.
There is an entire library of language and reference books, a rainbow dream of a children’s section and right in the middle, standing loud and proud, the comic book, graphic novel and manga section where you can browse through shelves and shelves of graphic novels, where you can dash in a pick up the latest issue of your favourite comic book, or browse for a little known manga series.
In each section there sits an attendant at a help desk who possess an encyclopaedic knowledge of every book and its contents. Books are displayed beautifully and the stationery shop glistens with papery promise, enticing you in. There’s also a cafe which I haven’t tried yet.
Almost predictably, Kinokinuya is quite expensive but the range of books and knowledge of the staff makes up for it.
I went along to the Free Comic Book Day and although I wasn’t there long (the crowds were mad) I did pick up a goody bag with a free Superman comic book. I’ve also ordered a book online which should arrive in the store soon.
I’ve already spied about a hundred books I want to buy so I’ll definitely be returning again and again.