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NYC Kinokuniya Reopening Event at Bryant Park

by kei-clone
Aug 9, 2007 8:54 AM | 15 Comments
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

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gah! i missed the opening on October 20th! grr...

Oct 31, 2007 7:04 PM by kei-clone

I am Kei, so I'll be going soon then. I'm leaving Tues so I better get chopping. Even if my cash is low...
Expect me to be broke.

Aug 9, 2007 9:20 PM by MaliciousH

you west coast ppl have no right to whine when you guys have AX and pretty much everything else important in anime happening in america =P

Azndude: The artbook collection is...decent. It's about the size of a normal manga collection you'd find at Borders. Conventions do have more though. If you're in the New York area be sure to check out Book Off as well. Their artbook collection is very good.

Aug 9, 2007 8:31 PM by kei-clone

I have to jump in and also say to Kei that you need to get jumping on the first hand news of this when. --lucky you--

On the other hand I have to agree with most everyone else and say why does NY have to be so far from me. *whine whine*

Aug 9, 2007 8:20 PM by Darkanger

Legion17 said:
dang, why is it in New York? LA is closer to japan =P

There a store in LA, its just not as big... and there no celebration...
Dammit.

Why the east coast!?

Aug 9, 2007 5:50 PM by MaliciousH

dang, why is it in New York? LA is closer to japan =P

Aug 9, 2007 2:27 PM by Legion17

kei-clone said:

current store doesn't have as much anime as i'd like. I mean it has one of the biggest collections of English and Japanese manga for purchasing, and it has some magazines, but even Mitsuwa in Edgewater has more magazines than Kino's right now. Manga I can get easily so it's not that big of a deal to me.


Hmm, you know how big their artbook collection is? Anime and manga are easy to get but artbooks that I want is hard. Its hard to trust people on Ebay that from Hong Kong.

Aug 9, 2007 1:34 PM by MaliciousH

Yippee! I live in Queens in NYC, so I can't wait for the grand re-opening in its new location!

But that means I have to cancel my outing with my brother in Rockerfeller Center this Saturday.... -__-;

Aug 9, 2007 12:58 PM by MomoHime125

Azndude said:
Man, I wished it was earlier. Now I won't be here for the event.
Oh well.
Maybe I should visit the current store now... is it that good?


current store doesn't have as much anime as i'd like. I mean it has one of the biggest collections of English and Japanese manga for purchasing, and it has some magazines, but even Mitsuwa in Edgewater has more magazines than Kino's right now. Manga I can get easily so it's not that big of a deal to me.

Aug 9, 2007 11:11 AM by kei-clone

Man, I wished it was earlier. Now I won't be here for the event.
Oh well.
Maybe I should visit the current store now... is it that good?

Aug 9, 2007 11:09 AM by MaliciousH

yeah kei, what xinil said.

PS: he must be proud of the é 'cause he posted that for no reason. -_-

Aug 9, 2007 10:36 AM by ReverseHarem

Zirgo said:
kei-clone said:
chances are I will be there :D

*lives 30 blocks away*


Looks like you will be doing an "inside report" with images at the premiere opening then!! =)


Yeah, get on that Kei! :D é

Aug 9, 2007 10:29 AM by Xinil

kei-clone said:
chances are I will be there :D

*lives 30 blocks away*


Looks like you will be doing an "inside report" with images at the premiere opening then!! =)

Aug 9, 2007 10:19 AM by Zirgo

chances are I will be there :D

*lives 30 blocks away*

Aug 9, 2007 9:09 AM by kei-clone

That is great! =), Now if I only lived in New York things would be even greater!!

Aug 9, 2007 8:56 AM by Zirgo