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Bookstores of Jimbo-cho

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Updated 08/19/2013

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The site of over 180 used-book stores for one of the largest concentrations in the world, the Jimbo-cho area is a bibliophile's dream. In the ½-km (¼-mi) strip along Yasukuni-dori and its side streets you can find centuries-old Japanese prints, vintage manga, and even complete sets of the Oxford English Dictionary. Most shops have predominately Japanese-language selections, but almost all stock some foreign titles, with a few devoting major floor space to English

books. Kitazawa Shoten, recognizable by its stately entranceway, carries lots of humanities titles. The large Japanese publisher Sanseido has its flagship store here; the fifth floor sells magazines and postcards in addition to books. Magnif specializes in vintage design magazine issues from around the world. The stores in the area are usually open 9 or 9:30 to 5:30 or 6, and many of the smaller shops close Sunday or Monday.

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Updated 08/19/2013

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