Friday, August 27, 2010

Nihon No Kinyoubi (10)

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Nihon no Kinyoubi (Japanese Friday) is a weekly feature here at Brizmus Blogs Books inspired by French Friday, which is a weekly feature hosted by Charlotte at the Book on the Hill. Charlotte features French bookish things, and I plan on featuring Japanese bookish things, though I won't limit myself if I find something non-bookish that I think will interest you guys.

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Anyhow, when I was in Tokyo, I briefly stepped into a book store, and there was something about it that just seemed perfect to me. Maybe it was the calm feel or the hardwood floors or the metal bookcases - I don't know. What I do know is they had a great English book selection and a really cool way of announcing the different sections (like the random bike sitting at the end of the shelves in the sports section - sorry it's blurry).

I also know that, if I lived in Tokyo, I would regularly frequent this book store. I have found that, so far, I love bookstores in Japan because they are so colorful inside - everything is always displayed in an organized, fun, creative way, and the atmosphere is always calm and relaxed yet fun!
I find that the bookstores here are such a NICE change from the bookstores in France.

What appeals to you most about the bookstores you love?


Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

That bookstore looks awesome! Love it! :)

Tales of Whimsy said...

Nice :) Thanks for sharing.

Jessica said...

I love the way loads of the books are displayed facing forward. I love old fashioned bookshops, the kind with an armchair and fireplace in the corner. Unfortunately these types of bookstores do not have as much choice.

Simcha said...

I love bookstores with comfy chairs, a relaxed atmosphere and booksellers that really love books. One of the things newcomers to Israel often complain about is how much they miss American bookstores. Here most bookstores are crowded and you are meant to just find what you want and leave. Books are also so expensive here that I rarely shop in stores anymore since I can get books cheaper at the Book Depository, which is a shame because I really do love bookstores. But what bothers me most abt Israeli bookstores is that to the people that run them, it's just a business. They don't seem to actually know anything about the books they are selling.

Heather Zundel said...

Atmosphere, definitely. If it makes me feel relaxed and happy, I'm so sticking around (probably much to my detriment, or my pocketbook's, at least). I love the creative ideas like the bike for marking the sections!

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