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Bookstore Recommendation 誠品書店 “eslite bookstore”

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誠品書店 “eslite bookstore”

“誠品書店”, a Taiwan born bookstore. “誠” means integrity and “品” means product. This concept is definitely embodied in this store.

I feel happy and comfortable whenever I go to a bookstore and get surrounded by the sea of books. I used to work part-time at Kinokuniya Bookstore in Shinjuku when I was a college student. So, I’m rather particular about bookstores. I should say that “誠品書店” is one of the best bookstores I’ve ever been to so far. The following points are the ones I really like about this bookstore.

1. Wide collections of books

I literally drowned myself in books. What a bliss!

2. Wonderful presentation

How beautifully books are presented at the store! Hats off to whoever is in charge of displaying books for their professional work. The balance of “high quality” books with “popular” books is just fantastic! Every time I entered a different section, I found some interesting books.

3. Whole collections of writers

I really liked the fact that the oeuvres of writers are in one place. For instance, those of Haruki Murakami, Yoko Ogawa, Yoko Tawada, and Hiromi Kawakami were there, very easy to spot. Great.

4. So many attractive Taiwanese stores and restaurants adjacent to the bookstore

We ate Taiwanese food at “Fujin Tree” and had authentic bubble tea at “The Alley”. You can feel like you’re in Taiwan.

5. Great introduction to Taiwanese culture & writers

There is a section where you could discover Taiwanese writers and culture. I found books by Li Qinfeng and Wen Yourou (one of my favorite Taiwanese authors). I bought a book on Bushido by Lee Teng-hui.  

One of my best friends recommended this bookstore to me a while ago. I ended up buying 5 books.

Nowadays, I tend to buy books through Amazon. However, I realized again the beauty of bookstores. If you go to a bookstore, you could be blessed with serendipitous encounters with books you would never do otherwise.

For anyone who likes books and wants to know about Taiwan more or for anyone who simply wants to pop by a good bookstore in Tokyo, I would highly recommend 誠品書店!

What is your favorite bookstore?

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