Kinokuniya, the largest bookstore chain in Japan, will be opening a 24,000 sq.-ft. flagship store this fall in New York City. Kay Ngee Tan Architects are designing the bookstore, which will occupy three floors and include a café overlooking Bryant Park on the Avenue of Americas between 40th & 41st streets
. The new store will become Kinokuniya’s largest U.S. outlet (a title previously held by the 13,700 sq.-ft. bookstore inside New York City’s Rockefeller Center that opened in 1981). Construction is underway with a plan for an early-October grand opening.
Although the opening date is still tentative, the week-long series of events to kick off its opening have already been cemented. Anime and manga fans will be able to meet artists, editors and translators from Viz Media. There will be a cooking demonstration by cookbook author Machiko Chiba (The Cook-Zen Cookbook); a talk on baseball in the U.S. and in Japan by sports journalist Marion Robertson; and an art exhibition featuring the works by the legendary Osamu Tezuka
, who is often created as the father of Anime (and creator of Astro Boy
and Kimba the White Lion
). There will also be a reading from You Were Born for a Reason by co-author and psychotherapist Daiji Akahashi. Source: ANN
, Publisher's Weekly