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Komiyama Book Store – Jimbocho

Posted in Places, Shops by tokyobling on March 27, 2015

A few days ago I posted about the Jimbcho used book and bookstore paradise, but I wanted to save this one for a special post – the Komiyama Book Store (小宮山書店). This is a used book store that specializes in modern art, culture, photography, subculture, philosophy and recent history, with a heavy emphasis on art and photography. I have visited hundreds of used bookstores on three continents in my life so far but nothing comes even close to this place. They have the most random, most obscure and most well curated stock of any similar store I have ever come across. For a japanophile like me this store is pretty close to paradise on Earth. Anyone who was ever something in recent Japanese art and performance history and ever published, wrote or shot anything, is bound to be represented in this store. The collections are all incredibly jumbled, and you will find an autographed biography of an obscure 1970s political figure next to a signed poster sized silver print of a portrait of Mishima Yukio, in heaps and heaps. Even if you are not particularly interested in Japan they have plenty of foreign books and related items. For the sheer variety just have a look at their list of new arrivals. It is also a great place to sell your rare art book collection, which I sometimes do and regret shortly afterwards.





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  1. عابرةسبيل said, on March 27, 2015 at 5:38 am

    That is nice I like reading used books cause they are cheap and rare thanks for the nice photos


  2. vitriolicmasochist said, on March 27, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Reblogged this on your worst nightmare and commented:
    To all you book-lovers: go!


  3. rudyhou said, on May 21, 2015 at 8:28 am

    now this is a shop i could go to without the need to speak japanese. i would enjoy browsing through the many japanese photography books. i have purchased a couple in the past and wouldn’t mind getting more if i find interesting ones.


    • tokyobling said, on May 22, 2015 at 3:35 am

      Indeed! This is my favorite! It is hell on your personal economy though.


      • rudyhou said, on June 8, 2015 at 8:48 am

        lol. i bet. most things are expensive there.


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