June 30, 2015

kinokuniya

As saw of you might have glimpsed on Instagram last week, Julia and I went on a little field trip to Kinokuniya, in Seattle, which is a Japanese bookstore of PURE AWESOME. They have eight locations around the country I think? Ours is attached to an Asian market called Uwajimaya. It's filled with fabulous books, stationary, pens, paper, erasers, more pens, more cool paper, many in kawaii and Sanrio themes and basically.......IT'S THE GREATEST PLACE IN THE WORLD.

I started hyperventilating and making little squeaky noises before we even got through the parking lot. My daughter had to tell me, very sternly, 'DON'T MAKE A SCENE, MOM.'

I'm an embarrassment.

Let me show you some of what we saw! Sorry about photo quality - I took these with my phone, and the lighting was atrocious. And I was very extra excited.

Japanese craft supplies! Scented glitter pens! The erasers! (they come in little colored milk shaped containers!) The neon tape!

I wanted the notepad and this Rilakkuma stationary up above SO BADLY, but this particular notepad had graph paper inside, which I didn't want, and the stationary set, I couldn't figure out how/where the address was supposed to be go. Maybe Japanese addresses are written out differently? (If you love that Sentimental Circus notepad like I do, you can see more from that line right here.)

 'Fairy Tales for Angry Little Girls' by Lela Lee. BRILLIANT.

So there are books in English and books in Japanese. I wanted this one so much! Look at the art!!! How darling is it???! I should have just gone for it. But I really wanted to know what the heck was going on. I also almost got the little book you see in the top photo of this post, it was a little 'find the hidden object' activity book, but Julia opted to get pens and scented erasers instead.

Ok. Let's discuss Japanese fashions for a moment. I MUST LEARN HOW TO SEW. Or find someone to pay to sew for me. The store has tons of these amazing craft and sewing books (see also this one) with all the FANTASTIC FROCKS that look amazing on these Japanese girls and would probably look terrible on me but I want them anyway. I REALLY want 'Chronicle Books Stylish Dress Book: Simple Smocks, Dresses and Tops'. Is this seriously what ladies are wearing in Japan? I LOVE IT SO MUCH! Smocks and frocks! My favorite!

This book, I'm not sure what it was, I think it was a How to Make Your Own Pretend Miniature Food craft book. But look at the Christmas section!!! Are these Japanese holiday treats?? I WANT THEM.

 I realized that Julia's outfit that day was color coordinated to her surroundings and I thought that was awesome.

Japanese hard candy! I'm sad to say we passed on this because Julia has more orthodontic hardware on her teeth right now than Home Depot carries in their construction section, but doesn't it look so pretty?

We didn't come home with all that much really, I didn't photograph those items. We came away with some colored chalk, some scented erasers (similar to these milk carton erasers - also saw these on Amazon) and a couple of notepads and folders for school next fall. (Julia desperately wanted some anime comic books, but those were all in Japanese and it was really hard to figure out what was going on if you couldn't read the words.) I was the SOUL of restraint and I'm super impressed with myself.

Also, I wish I could sew.

11 comments:

  1. I wish I could sew, too.

    And I really, really wish I could visit this store! How fun is that??? The Sentimental Circus notepad is darling!

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    1. That notepad......I really wanted some of their stuff but I was like, oh I guess I don't REALLY need it...I'll go back during holiday time - it's a great place for stocking stuffers but I just rarely seem to get myself down there very often!

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  2. Say WHAT!?!!! The downtown or Bellevue Uwajimia?!!!

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    1. It's only at the downtown location Miss Shannon! You and I need to go Christmas shopping there!

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  3. Oohhh, I would LOVE to go there. I thought that I might grow out of my love of erasers but no, I'm never going to. We got this anime series called Anima+. Your library might have them (they're currently out of print here but not ages ago so our lib has them.) My son really liked them - there seems to be a book with an adventure about each character.

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    1. oh awesome Lucy!!! I'll look for those books at our library, thank you! Has your son (how old is he, I can't remember if I ever knew?) read the Amulet graphic novel series? Julia just read the first one and liked it a lot!

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    2. yes! We have the series and he LOVES them. We got a few pokemon ones too, from the library which he liked but I cannot read. I draw the line at pokemon! (Its my 9 and 12 year olds who are the graphic novel nuts.)

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  4. Usually I am very happy to be living in my small midwestern town, but then I hear about shops like this that people can actually visit and purchase things from and I get a wee bit dreamy about "big city" life.

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    1. ha ha it's an experience for us as well! we don't live very close to this place AT ALL which is fine because then I'd be broke. But a lot of the stuff is available on Amazon! Hurray for internets!

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  5. Ok - I'm now on the lookout for a Kinokuniya. I hope there's on in San Francisco because I go there frequently. And the Fairy Tales for Angry Girls looks hilarious - I know my 3 daughters will love it. I can't believe I've never seen these books. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Claire Annette, I am almost 99.9% positive that there's one in San Fran and I bet it puts the Seattle one to shame!! Isn't that a fun looking book? I had never heard of it either!

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