The official Japanese merchandise store. This is the largest Japanese retail store in NYC. Placed at the heart of the city close to a number of major intersections, this store stores a humongous variety of goods specializing in Japanese culture.
The store has a section upon entry a dedication of New York souvenirs to spice up the fact that it is located in Manhattan City…
I wasn’t able to take many pictures of the place as the manager and signs prohibit taking images T_T But it’s so AWESOME I couldn’t stop not taking not pictures. So here’s a batch of images I took with my surprise camera… and a small portable camera is useful at times~
This above image is the music department. A vast population of recent albums and singles CD~ Expensive due to shipping but well worth if you want your hands on never been touched Japanese goods~ Below is for all you Oreno Imouto lovers… I took a shot of the light novels cuz I sweet that way at showin’ you what’s up with the world from another part of the world.
In another section, there’s a collection of artbooks. And there’s even one of Tiger X Bunny which got me excited as it’s extremely new. Though I believe this is only of the first season so there’s not much images to expect other than what’s shown on TV…. Hero TV I mean~ hehehe
The ground floor contains all the modern Japanese culture material in English or Japanese. Kira and Kingson were interested in playing GO (surround chess) and bought a book on some basics/advanced play methods. Kingson also is taking Wing Chun classes and found a Chinese philosophy book on it!
The second floor was mostly manga and digital media. It’s where I got my two light novels of Haruhi to finish the entire compilation. There was also a cafeteria and small Japanese merchandise store manned by a pretty lady.
The basement was all Japanese learning and stationary store. A lot of traditional items used in Japan are found here~
Sorry for a lack of photos at Kinokuniya. I couldn’t get a lot of the spacious environment of Kinokuniya because of the manager requesting no images to be taken of the books. Not that I complain about the method, but it’s for their competitive advantage and keeping this company alive and active in a smaller way. Appreciate it for them, they don’t want any harm done and wish to keep this location pretty well on a low profile.
I love it here but compared to the one in Seattle, this one is more trading than it is a place to enjoy reading books. Definitely hits the spot for use of space and location being plentiful and close to everywhere else. You’ll find a lot of manga but they’re mostly the recent volumes of it. Expect best sellers to litter around the area too, so it keeps eyes on you and makes you want to buy them!
This marks all the events of Day 1 at Manhattan City. I know it’s a bit Japanese oriented, but that’s because a lot of the culture of NYC can be experienced in Canada, especially the food department. The walks around the city will be discussed in a later time.