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