When you try to find a book, what would you do? Drop by the nearest bookshop? Go to a library? Search at Amazon? I have another choice. Go to BOOK OFF!

BOOK OFF is the most popular secondhand bookstore in Japan. It has increased its franchise stores significantly from ’90s, and now there are 845 stores, including 8 stores overseas, Hawaii Ala Moana, New York, Los Angeles, Costa Mesa, Hartsdale New York, Paris, Vancouver, and Rolling Hills Plaza LA.

There are lots of poketbooks and mangas selling at 100 yen! You can get not only books but also CD, DVD and video game softwares at the cheapest price. Sometimes their greetings “Irasshaimaseeee!!!” “Arigatou gozaimasitaaa!!!” are so noisy, but you can’t help buying something there.

3 Comments so far

  1. [Neubauten] (unregistered) on January 28th, 2006 @ 7:49 pm

    I’ll bookmark it, i’ll learn japanese and then i’ll buy stuff there:-)

  2. nabocha (unregistered) on January 29th, 2006 @ 3:24 am

    You seem to like Draemon!

    I think Italy also should have a franchise store of BOOK OFF!

  3. Alex Muntean (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 1:18 pm

    Trying to find something sold by Book Off is such a pain in the ass!

    Not only that there’s no online search for any of their books/CDs/whatever. There is *no search system* implemented in any of their stores!
    So you just have to go and spend some tens of minutes inside the store browsing through the shelves.
    And it’s dusty and slimy and you are surrounded by otaku! Actually some might feel at home ;)

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