book shop japan

one of the most spectacular book shops that i have ever seen was in tokyo recently,  daikanyama T site, is a concept store with books, records, coffee shops, lounge areas, its endless and fabulous – you need a few hours to absorb and explore – the magazine selection was diverse and innovating – the whole concept inspiring – why dont we have something like that in london?  i know that we have waterstones in the old simpsons building and foyles, but nothing compares.

i just tried to read ‘The Paper Trail” by Alexander Munro, which was truly fascinating, but for bedtime reading far too intellectual and brain stimulating – it tells the history of the invention of paper from early chinese times – perfect gift for those who love everything about stationary and books and the history of everyday simple things.  and so now the search is on for this year’s holiday reading, any suggestions would be great.

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4 thoughts on “book shop japan

  1. Wild swans, Jung chan. I loved this book. Now on holiday reading the residence about the staff who have worked at the whitehouse over the years…very interesting! I dip in and out of fact/fiction depending on my mood! xx


  2. I think you’d like Irene Nemirovsky (Suite Francaise, but Golder is better). Hans Fallada – Alone in Berlin (but The Drinker is better). For a light read which still stands the test of time how about Christopher Isherwood Mr Norris Changes Trains. Still funny after all these years.


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