Best Japanese Bookstore (2013)


Since opening in Tokyo 85 years ago, Kinokuniya has brought its Japanese aesthetic to bookstores worldwide, including branches in L.A., San Francisco and Portland. The 6,300-square-foot store in downtown's Little Tokyo district attracts Japanese Americans and American Nipponophiles alike with thousands of manga titles in English and Japanese, dozens of Japanese fashion magazines, and a bilingual book section admired for its array of art, architecture and design volumes. You'll find fiction, too, especially by Japanese and Japanese-American writers, from best-selling novelist Haruki Murakami to L.A. writer Naomi Hirahara. Don't be surprised to find English-language books by Neil Gaiman, Jeffrey Toobin and Sonia Sotomayor alongside cat-themed humor, and don't miss the L.A.-centric bookshelf. Wanna splurge? Browse aisles of pens, notebooks, stickers, greeting cards and origami papers decorated in vibrant designs ranging from cutesy to chic. 123 Astronaut E.S. Onizuka St., #205, Little Tokyo, 90012. (213) 687-4480, —Daina Beth Solomon

Location Details

123 Astronaut E. Onizuka St.
Los Angeles CA 90012


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