This is the bookstore Kyobunkwan in Ginza. It was six narrow floors of one building, each floor a different section. The above photo is the children’s books sections. The books were VERY traditional. For example, in the English section there was Wanda Gag’s “Millions of Cats” a book that dates from 1928. Those were the kinds of books that were in stock. No “Step Into Reading” or “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”.
There was a Christian section. Very large. (For Japan.) I thought I had never seen a Christian bookstore in Japan before, but my husband said we went here when our son was a Babu Babu Baby.
The Easter section. If there is one store in Japan you can count on having Easter stuff, it’s a Christian bookstore!
English kids’ Bibles. 3,000 yen for the green large one.
Okay, moving onto Maruzen near Tokyo Station. Very nice bookstore for English materials.
I bought these books. NOT for my son. He is twelve, and while he can enjoy these books, they are below his level. I bought these for teaching English. They seem like excellent ESL books.
I don’t have a smart phone, so I couldn’t whip it out and compare prices. But I went on good faith, and they weren’t too expensive. A little less than 1,000 yen each. When I got home, I discovered that amazon.co.jp doesn’t even sell these particular books! (In book form. I don’t know about e-books.)
That’ll be a sad day when they move completely from real books to e-books. It’s happening, folks. It’s happening. (I have to admit that I am part of it because I own–and often use–a kindle. So I’m guilty of it, too.)