You will find much more than books at New York City's largest Japanese bookstore. In addition to the shop's main ... More
You will find much more than books at New York City's largest Japanese bookstore. In addition to the shop's main items, such as Japanese books, magazines, comics, music and English books on Japan, there is also a good selection of imported pens and mechanical pencils, origami paper, stationery sets and coil-bound notebooks. Kinokuniya is geared toward Japanese residents and tourists, but they do cater to non-Japanese shoppers as well.
Clerks were friendly and helpful. I also was delighted to find that they had a lot of shirts and keychains and such that would take several trips, fifty stores, and many special orders to find where I live.
Kinokuniya is great for hen na gaijins like me to hang out in and wish we were samurai (or Toshiro Mifune).
My only beef with the store is that there is one sales person who works there that is nasty to me whenever I go.
Has she ever waited on you?
I've never seen so many great Japanese books, movies, music, and more all in one place! I've been to anime conventions before and this place defiantely has more to it! Defiantely work the trip to New York! :D
I, too, have been to several Japanese and American locations of this bookstore. As a teacher integrating Japanese and Asian topics into my classroom, the staff at the stores have been wonderful in recommending resources across all dicsiplines. For those just interested in Japan/Asia, the bookstore offers texts/videos/periodicals/etc. in both Japanese and English texts. The New York location has a super variety of yuzen paper and Japanese accesories for the home office. The children's section has great picture books, some in dual languages. I highly recommend visting this location while in the Big Apple. PS - There is a wonderful Japanese pastry shop two doors away for those interested!
I've been to the American and Japanese ones, and they really 0wn - great selection, especially if you're into Japanese - and if you're lucky enough to understand the language, they have alot of japanese language books as well.
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