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Kinokuniya Book Haul

Who knew an hour and a half trip would turn out so expensive? Ha! A “surprise” book haul…..as if I didn’t know that stepping through the doors of one of my favorite places in New York would result in me blowing off a bit of money. Thank goodness I keep a book fund!

Walking through the streets of New York City was nostalgic. There’s nothing like being home after a few years, even if it was only for 5 hours. But I was there with a goal in mind. I had dragged my boyfriend all the way to the big apple city so I could buy some Manga.

Of course I could’ve just gone to the nearest Barnes and Noble but they wouldn’t have Japanese Manga on hand. Ordering it online was also a hassle as, and I think we all know this by now, I don’t like to wait for books. I am the instant gratification type. Give me the book now please! Kinokuniya was the only logical place for me to go.

What is Kinokuniya?

Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, Kinokuniya is a Japanese retailer known best for their imported Japanese goods. They carry Japanese literature (Novels, Manga, Light Novels…), Memorabilia, Anime items, Stationary and house items. They also have a cafe on the second floor filled with delightful baked goods and delicious drinks!!

What did I buy?

I’m currently studying Japanese in hopes of taking the N5 JLPT in a couple of months. At the end of August I bought some textbooks (post of my Japanese materials coming soon!) and have been using them religiously. However, the best way to pick up a language faster is to immerse yourself in it. I already watch lots of Anime and listen to Japanese music so I was good on one end. However, I wanted to practice my reading and comprehensive skills more. Reading manga in English was not going to help so I bought 8 volumes of Manga in Japanese.

Futari de Koi wo Suru Riyuu by Hiro Chihiro – ふたりで恋をする理由、ひろちひろ (Vol 1-7)

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for an Otaku Anthologies – ヲタクに恋は難しい、ふじた

Aside from the Japanese Manga, I did buy some English translated ones as well. Some that were on my list for a while and one that had really cute art! (Don’t judge me!)

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for an Otaku by Fujita (Vol 1 – 6)

The Great Jahy will not be defeated! by Wakame Konbu

What books have you bought lately? Any of them turn out to be a favorite?? Let me know in the comments below!

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