Sep. 07, 2020 UPDATE
Story & Recommendation
A bookshop that gives you unexpected encounters with its original selection
Keibunsha Ichijoji Store is an independent bookshop that sells books and goods with its original selection. Unlike large book stores having new and best-selling books as their main selection, each book in Keibunsha is chosen by the staff with their all hearts. Inside the shop, the books are displayed based on particular themes and concepts, so that visitors can enjoy encountering new books of their interests while browsing in the bookshop. Despite its location a little away from the city center, the bookshop always attracts book lovers form home and overseas as well as the locals. They all seem to enjoy selecting books through humane communication with the staff. Keibunsha was chosen as one of the world’s best bookshops by the British quality paper the Guardians.
Unique selection of books
Most books on the shelves are Japanese and a few are English language ones. Lots of beautiful Japanese art books are available and it’s a pleasure for foreign visitors just to marvel at. There is a corner that introduces books based on a special theme selected by the staff, or at the request of regular customers.
Seikatsu-kan (Life pavilion)
Attached to the main bookshop, Seikatsu-kan (Life pavilion), is a lovely space selling books on lifestyles and household goods uniquely selected by the staff. Rare handmade items created by independent designers and craftsmen are available, such as Japanese table wares, accessories and dresses made of natural textiles.
3Check it out!
Mini galleries on the shelves
The interior and decoration inside the bookshop is wroth while appreciating. The antique furniture and lighting give cozy and relaxing atmosphere there. Little galleries and panels are embedded on the walls, making you send time in the bookshop longer and longer. Some gallery items can be purchased at the bookshop.
4Check it out!
Stepping out from the back door of the main store, you will find a small garden that leads to the Cottage, a rental space for organizing workshops, lives and other events. You are welcomed to join these events without prior notice.
How to buy
- Shopping Tips -
The Ichijoji area is known as a place where unique cafes and shops are dotted around. You are recommended to have a cup of coffee at one of these after the visit to Keibunsha.