After a trip visiting art galleries, my friend decided to reward me with a to a trip to a bookstore called Kinokuniya in Times Square. When she told me the name of the bookstore and asked if I heard of it, I shook my head. A Cheshire cat's grin spread wide across her face. She told me that I was going to love it. Therefore, I accompanied my friend in a train ride to the Kinokuniya bookstore in anticipation of what was waiting for me.
When we reached there, I was stunned at what I saw. And I hope everyone would have a chance to go to this place. You should go for the following reasons:
1. The main floor is filled with a nice selection of English books
When you first entered the store, you'll see a wide selection of English books on the main floor. You'll find fiction books, art books, and children's books as well. From what my friend told me, this section is popular with tourists. There is a pleasant atmosphere around this floor that you'll enjoy as well.
2. The second floor is filled with Japanese manga, merchandise, and anime
If you're into Japanese manga and anime, then you're going to love this. On the second floor, we were welcomed by a wall of drawn shounen manga character! That was when I knew…we were going to the Japanese manga and anime section of the bookstore. I was in awe of what I saw. Japanese manga placed in shelves by genre, new arrivals of the latest Japanese anime and manga are neatly piled on tables for you to pick up and buy, and be read!
There are also manga written in Japanese and also manga translated in English as well! The only setback though is that most of the manga are covered in plastic to avoid people looking through the books for free. There are also merchandise on display like "Final Fantasy" action figures and "Attack on Titan" figurines as well.
3. There is a café on the second floor as well
A café where you can enjoy a cup of coffee and read manga quietly without anyone bothering you? That's my kind of book store.
If you want to shop for manga, then this is the store for you!
Kinokuniya New York — 1073 6th Ave, New York, NY 10018