Japanese bookstore Kinokuniya is coming to Austin


Japanese bookstore Kinokuniya is coming to Austin

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Kinokuniya Bookstores.
This photo shows Kinokuniya's San Francisco location. San Francisco was the first American store location for the Japanese bookstore chain.

Austin book lovers, get ready. Another bookstore’s coming to town.

Japanese bookstore chain Kinokuniya announced Monday they will open their first Austin store sometime in spring 2018, according to CultureMap

This won’t be the cult store’s first Texas location. That honor goes to Carrollton, just outside of Dallas, where a Kinokuniya opened in 2016. A Plano location opened up this year. The Austin location will be in the Highland Village shopping center at 6929 Airport Blvd., across the street from the Kula Sushi Bar

Kinokuniya got its start in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan in 1927 (its name literally means “Bookstore of Kii Province”). It started importing English-language titles in 1949.

Customers can expect events like book signings, horror storytelling sessions and anime meet-ups, as well as a healthy selection of Japanese and English titles. Kinokuniya has nearly 30 stores overseas including Southeast Asia, Australia and the United Arab Emirates.

Its first American store was its San Francisco in 1969, which the company started as a way to provide that city’s growing Japanese population with books and magazines. Other cities in America with Kinokuniya stores include Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.

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