It's strange that even though there's so many resources on-line now (including yours truly), there's still few that come close to a nice book that you can curl up with and just flick through on a lazy Sunday... that is, if I had lazy Sundays.
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Trust me, you would be hard-pressed not to be able to find it driving down Shinkawa Dori. It is...er... distinctive in it's decor (yes the image above is exactly how it appears). I have to say it looks like a cross between galactic battle-cruiser, a Pachinko parlour, and a rather corny looking Love Hotel (but that's a different story). The owners of the chain apparently liked the look, as all of the stores have the same exterior.
|Source: the official site (no cameras allowed inside)|
Oh well - it's the inside that counts. And the inside is where things get interesting. These are great places to not only buy books (including English books), but also magazines, textbooks, art-works, CD's and DVD's, stationary, Studio Ghibli goods (as well as a wide range of themed and brand-name items). There is also a large range of house-wares and decorations, as well as craft goods - and also a great range of 'Japanese' goods and materials. There's even a decent cafe there, and undercover parking.... what more could you want? Not much more.... seriously, this is always a must-visit shop when we return to Sapporo.
Well - here's some more images taken from the official Shinkawa website (as there was no cameras allowed in the store):
|Source: Official website - home decorations|
|Source: Official website - Japanese items|
|Source: Official website - children section|
|Source: Offical website - character corner|
|Source: Official website - cafe Interlude|