Books Kinokuniya on Avenue of the Americas between 40th & 41st St is the first book store I will be writing about. Because what could be more New York than a Japanese book store packed with manga comics and authentic Japanese shoes in the middle of Manhattan? Also, my co-worker recommended me this place because of its nice little cafe. So that’s another plus!
Even if I don’t speak a single word of Japanese, I am sure, this store provides all you ever wanted to find out about Japanese culture, food, and much more. Besides books, they also offer a well-chosen selection of English art books, Japanese films and music, adorable presents and souvenirs from funny and eccentric to delicate and creative design. If you’re lucky, you’ll also see a cosplayer among the customers! Finally, the store is an inspiration to become your own artist. They sell books and equipment to create manga comic novels or Japanese calligraphy!
So did I buy something in the end? Nope, but I was presented with a great view over Bryant Park!
1073 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10018
Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00AM – 8:00PM/ Sun 11:00AM – 7:30PM