This Tokyo bookshop only sells one title at the same time

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IF YOU’RE ANYTHING LIKE ME, you go right bookstore and so are paralyzed by the choices available. Do you need to read that new short story collection? An existing classic novel you’ve never gotten around to? The non-fiction history book? Or you require a graphic novel.

One bookstore doesn’t get that problem. Morioka Shoten Ginza, in Tokyo, offers only one single title for 6 days. During those 6 days, they hold nightly events to the book, often featuring the creator, while using intention of helping the readers connect more intimately to be able week’s chosen book. A few of these exhibitions should include art or crafts built alongside or were inspired by way of the book, but otherwise, the perception of their grocer is minimal.

The concept was designed by the bookstore clerk named Yoshiyuki Morioka, who worked in secondhand books for ages. He attended a conference with the takram design engineering firm, which offered visitors a chance to pitch a thought to Masamichi Toyama, a CEO and investor, so long as the pitch could fit about the same page. Morioka wrote: “Regeneration of the bookseller atom – a bookstore which includes a single book.” Toyama bought his idea, plus the store opened in May of 2019 during the Ginza neighborhood of Tokyo.

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