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Best Japanese Bookstore Los Angeles 2013 

Kinokuniya

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, kinokuniya.com/us/. —Daina Beth Solomon

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