I like books. A lot. You might have noticed that =) And as I have mentioned over and over, I like books as mementoes and souvenirs. And I specifically like craft books or magazines. Trav had heard about a second hand book store in Japan, so we decided to check it out.
The store we went to was called Book Off. In addition to second hand books, they also sell manga, CDs, DVDs and video games. I wasn’t really expecting that much. Trav was looking for some cheap English books and I don’t know enough Japanese to be buying books yet, so it was more just of a tourist event for me.
Wikipedia describes Book Off this way:
Japan’s largest chain of used bookstores. The large scale of the stores makes it reasonably likely that shoppers seeking widely-available books will be able to find what they are looking for, and browsing through books is encouraged. A typical scene at the stores is the rows of high-school students who read through entire series of manga standing quietly in the aisles. Another innovation cited for its success is the practice of shaving the edges off the pages of books using a special machine in order to make them appear newer.
There were lovely rows of books, all lined up. So many of the Japanese books look the same, very non-descript. I’m guessing that is because they don’t want everyone to know what they are reading on the subway. Or is there another reason that I don’t know about?
Anyway, I found a goldmine! Earlier I had noticed various magazines in grocery stores and the like that I was interested in. So when I saw a rack of magazines I was immediately drawn in. It ended up that Trav didn’t find anything and he sat there waiting for me.
The first Book Off we went to was a bit messier and not as organized, so I had to search through the magazines. The second one I went to was much more organized and I could find exactly the type of magazine I wanted in one area.
So I found these:
Such great deals! The magazines were each only 105 yen and the book was 800 yen. So the deals are really worthwhile if you can find what you like.
And while Travis didn’t find any books he wanted, he did score big time with CDS.
If you want to find a Book Off near you, look here.
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