Bookstore in Shibuya and Hands Cafe at Tokyu Hands

Shibuya is famous for its scramble crossing.  For Japanese people, it’s not something so interesting but for many oversea visitors, it seems amazing to see all those people crisscrossing the diagonal cross walk.

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People walking the crossing

 

If you cannot visit Shibuya, don’t worry.  You can see people walking via the live camera.

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People waiting for crossing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have a chance to visit Shibuya, this is a place to enjoy shopping.  And there are many guidebooks which tell you many famous shops.  So instead of writing about those well-know shops, let me introduce you a unique shop I recently found.

 

Flying Books

IMG_8439This bookstore locates on the second floor of an antiquarian bookstore and this store itself is also a secondhand bookseller.  If you like architecture and design of Japan or anywhere else, this must be the place worth visiting.  I found Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Tadao Ando, Bruno Taut, Gropius, etc.  They also have collection of fashion, photography, philosophy, and so on.  You can drink coffee and wine inside.

 

Here are today’s my catch!

The book of Frank Lloyd Wright is full-color which was published in 1981.  At that time, it was as expensive as 3,200 yen and today I got it with 1,500 yen.  The other magazine is one of the Japanese radical magazines which introduce minor literature and arts which other publisher do not handle.  This edition featured Japanese modernism was published in 1985 with 980 yen, and today it costs 1,200 yen but still it worth paying as it’s very difficult to get this.

Address: 6-3 Dogenzaka 1-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-8pm, Sun 12pm-6pm


One of the fun things to walk in Shibuya is to walk around in many zigzagging narrow paths which have various kinds of shops and lead you to another shopping street.

 

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If you get tired of walking around and shopping around, go to Tokyo Hands, climb up to seventh floor and grab some foods and drinks at Hands Cafe.   It was warm today so “lemonade mojito” was really refreshing.

You can eat inside and outside.  You can bring your not-yet-chekout goods to your tables.  By the way, staff at Hands Cafe can speak English.

You can use free wifi in the whole building of Tokyo Hands.

 

Address: 12-18 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10am – 10:30pm (Hands Cafe closes at 8:30pm)

 

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