My Favorite Bookshops in Tokyo
Tucked away in a quiet neighbourhood in Omotesando is Utrecht. They stock really interesting titles, and I love it that they have books from one of my favourite publisher, Hato Press. They also have many other titles printed using Riso, which of course is a plus point for me!
Japan, 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, 神宮前5丁目36-6 | website
In one of the small corner on the quieter side of Shimokitazawa, you'll find Claris Books. They stock second hand books and old magazines.
3-26-2-2F , Kitazawa , Setagaya-ku , Tokyo , 155-0031 , Japan | website
Nadiff is also a bit hidden away in one of the streets in Ebisu. They have a lot of zines, and of course coffee table books. Like Utrecht, this is the place where you can find Riso printed books and zines.
Japan, 〒150-0013 Tokyo, Shibuya, 恵比寿1-18-4 NADiff A/P/A/R/T 1F | website
Who doesn't love this place! It's true when they say you should spend at least half a day here. Their collection is just fascinating! Though not much, they also have paperbacks in English (mostly English-translated Japanese literature). My husband stocks up some Yoshimoto Banana books, since it's a bit hard to find here in Jakarta.
17-5 Sarugakucho, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan | website
Very well curated design books. Haven't been here since 2011 though, so I can't say much.
〒153-0042 Tokyo, Meguro, Aobadai, 1 Chome−14−11, コーポ青葉台103 | website
Andro, one of the art directors who used to work at The 1984 now works part time in Mandarake's Shibuya branch. On my last visit, Naomi and Andro showed me around the store with quite a detailed explanation. I'm a fan of Aquirax Uno's illustrations and they have many of his books! But I bought Keichii Tanami's Kamon instead (I love Keichii Tanami too.. Super Furry Animals' cover art anybody?)
〒150-0042 Tokyo, Shibuya 宇田川町31−2 渋谷BEAM B2F | website
You can also check my Amsterdam bookshop discoveries here.