The defining observation from my trip to NYC has been that there’s an overwhelming amount of choice. This city appears to be capable of catering to an seemingly infinite range of tastes, so the fact that there’s a three story store devoted to selling Japanese books should not come as a surprise.
I visited Kinokuniya Bookstore yesterday and was practically quivering with acquisitiveness for all the time I was there. I came away with three books (and a magazine about small tyre bikes for Paul), but could have bought thirty.
The top one here is about the work of Yurio Seki, the Japanese graphic designer behind the Salvia homewares range and Salvia quarterly publication. Read this article to find out more about Salvia, as the website is all in Japanese.
The next book in my pile shows the work of Takehisa Yumeji, who was an illustrator and woodblock artist during the 1920s and 1930s in Japan. Beautiful colours and lines.
The last book has absolutely no clues in English, so I don’t know who or what it is about, but I love it. Woodblocks and watercolours of leaves, boughs, flowers, fruits and blossoms in all their moods. I love it.
As I say, there were 100 other books I could have taken, including the incredible section of craft books, but I’m concerned about having overfull bags. Perhaps I’ll weigh the bags just before we leave and then work out exactly how many more books I can dash out and scoop up.