Tag Archives: Tokyo

Work Your Fingers To The Bone Selling Books

Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san or Skeleton Bookstore Employee Honda, is a very funny anime series based on an equally amusing manga created by the eponymous bookshop clerk Honda. If you’ve ever worked in a bookstore, or spend lots of your time hanging … Continue reading

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Bookshelf Art

A big h/t to dedicated TBTP follower Bonnie B. for these fantastic bookshelf dioramas. The handcrafted wooden bookend inserts are created by Tokyo-based artist Monde with intricate details down to led lighting and shop fronts. Hopefully, they will be available … Continue reading

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Travelers, Bibliophiles and Digital Nomads Welcome

The Japanese bookstore and retail electronics chain Tsutaya recently opened an innovative concept store in Tokyo’s Shinjuku District. The six-story Tsutay Book Apartment includes co-working spaces, a bookshop, short stay accommodations, a Starbucks, quiet lounges, a sake bar, a convenience … Continue reading

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The New Yorker in Tokyo

The Tōkyōiter is a brilliant project from Tokyo-based artists Andrew Joyce and David Roberts, along with a disparate group of Japanese and European illustrators. Riffing on the iconic format of The New Yorker magazine cover, they created an imaginary periodical for Tokyo incorporating … Continue reading

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Train Car Nuisance

Japan’s Seibu Railway, which operates trains in Tokyo, has created a new poster campaign aimed at educating both regular riders and tourists alike on courteous travel behaviors. Capitalizing on the universal appeal of the traditional ukiyo-e style woodblock prints, the railway has … Continue reading

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Book and Bed

Last year, I shared a story about Tokyo’s brilliant Book and Bed Hostel. Now the traveling bibliophile’s Eden has expanded with a new location in the heart of Kyoto. The 20 bed hostel, which officially opens tomorrow, features cozy sleeping nooks tucked … Continue reading

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Tokyo Views

Tokyo 100 Views is a wonderful, whimsical project from Japanese anime artist and illustrator Shinji Tsuchimochi. The colorful illustrations take us on a wacky little tour of Tokyo, replete with imps, ghosts, animals, movie monsters, and robots. It’s sort of … Continue reading

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Guide to Tokyo

Regular readers of TBTP have probably noticed that I have a fascination with travel guidebooks, both contemporary and antiquarian. If you saw my library, you might even call it an obsession. I’m always intrigued when I stumble upon a novel … Continue reading

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A veritable travel bucket list

London-based, Italian illustrator and graphic designer Daniele Simonelli created the charming poster below of fifteen cities with their iconic landmarks for the travel app Great Little Place. You can see more of his terrific work here and you can check … Continue reading

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Unconventional Bookselling

Morioka Shoten & Co. in Tokyo’s Ginza district opened this Spring with a singular approach to bookselling. The tiny, gallery-like shop carries just one title each week. The founder of this enigmatic bookshop model, Yoshiyuki Morioka, has taken curation to … Continue reading

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