Books Kinokuniya

Books Kinokuniya

Nihongo|Books Kinokuniya|紀伊國屋書店|Kinokuniya Shoten is a Japanese bookstore chain operated by Nihongo|Kinokuniya Company Ltd.|株式会社紀伊國屋書店|Kabushiki-gaisha Kinokuniya Shoten, founded in 1927, with its first store located in Shinjuku, Tokyo.It means "Store of Kii Province".

Kinokuniya was originally a lumber and charcoal dealer in Yotsuya; and after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the business was moved westward to a new location in Shinjuku where it was re-fashioned into a book store. [Sidensticker, Edward. (1990). "Tokyo Rising: The City Since the Great Earthquake," p. 50.] In Japan today, there are 56 stores nationwide.

Since 2000, the Kinokuniya chain in the United States has capitalized on the growing popularity of anime by stocking both English and Japanese-language manga, as well as other anime-related paraphernalia. The New York City branch on 49th Street was the best-known, encompassing, lengthwise, an entire city block. A new store has opened south on 41st Street, and the old store is in the process of closing.

Books Kinokuniya is currently the largest bookstore in Australia and Singapore. It was once the largest bookstore in Indonesia as well as South East Asia, a record it held for nearly ten years thanks to the spacious Ngee Ann City branch in Singapore until the opening of the new Gramedia flagship store in Jakarta in 2007.

Fellow international bookstore chain Page One (headquartered in Singapore) began as the magazine agent for Kinokuniya but later became independent.

Overseas stores

Overseas, there are 21 stores in total. They are located in:

**Ngee Ann City, Orchard
**Bugis Junction, Bugis
**Liang Court, Chinatown

*United States
**New York City, New York
**Los Angeles Little Tokyo, California
**San Francisco, California
**San Jose, California
**Seattle, Washington
**Costa Mesa, California
**Beaverton, Oregon
**Edgewater, New Jersey
**West Nyack, New York

**Sogo Plaza Senayan, Jakarta
**Debenhams Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta
**Sogo Pondok Indah Mall, Jakarta
**Seibu Grand Indonesia, Jakarta

**Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur

** CentralWorld, Bangkok
** Siam Paragon, Bangkok
** Emporium, Bangkok

**Sydney The Galeries Victoria, New South Wales

**Dayeh Takashimaya, Taipei
**Breeze Center, Taipei
**Kuang San Sogo, Taichung
**Talee Isetan, Kaoshiung



* Seidensticker, Edward. (1990). [ "Tokyo Rising: The City Since the Great Earthquake."] New York: Knopf. ISBN 0-394-54360-2

External links

* [ Kinokuniya website] Kinokuniya's main English language website

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