bookstores in japan, japanese editions of popular YA titles, and manga!

so i’m here on vacation in japan, and i’d forgotten how absolutely amazing the bookstores are in tokyo. the mass amounts of what they have in stock, the sheer number of volumes and editions, the lovely covers and artwork…give me some take out sushi and bottles of royal milk tea from the vending machine and i could happily stay in one all day.

apart from food, i’m finding myself taking tons of pictures of books here. manga, in particular; never mind that i’ve long forgotten my hiragana and katakana–the artwork alone is awesome. for a while, i read nothing but manga, to the point where i found myself running out of translated manga to read. i miss that time, and seeing so much of it all over the place here makes me want to try harder to find time for it again. also, i took lots of pics of what japanese editions i could find of popular YA books back home!

needless to say, this post is SUPER pic heavy! most of them were taken at maruzen, yurindo, and book-off stores in tokyo and sendai.



japanese editions of THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy by suzanne collins.



j.k. rowling’s HARRY POTTER series. i don’t know why all the different covers. the chess inspired ones are very TWILIGHT-esque.


really excited to see one of my favourite series, CHAOS WALKING by patrick ness, on the shelf!


the INHERITANCE series by christopher paolini.


i’m guessing this is a children’s novel based on the pixar movie BRAVE.


lots of studio ghibli art books!


hayao miyazaki adapted MAJO NO TAKKYUBIN by eiko kadono into his film KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE. being big fans of miyazaki, we picked up the novel for a great souvenir.


FROM UP ON POPPY HILL is studio ghibli’s latest film, and it’s based on the comic of the same name, written by tetsuro sayama and drawn by chizuru takahashi. already a hit here in japan, it comes to theatres in north america in march, 2013!


39 CLUES! this is more middle grade than YA.


THE PRINCESS DIARIES by meg cabot, GOSSIP GIRL by cecily von zeigesar, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS by sara shepard.



found these really interesting editions of stephenie meyer’s TWILIGHT series. it’s been broken down into 13 novels; pictured here are books 1 and 13. cool how bella’s eyes change colour from one to the other.

AND OH THE MANGA.


the newest volumes are kept at the end of the aisles, or along the front.


before manga is collected into volumes, they’re released weekly or monthly in magazines.


KODANSHA BOXED is a new (or relatively new) line of boxed manga!


boys love manga, or yaoi.



BAKUMAN, NARUTO, and KENSHIN are some of the series we’ve collected, or are still collecting, back home.


vol. 12 of HIKARU NO GO. i haven’t read the manga, but the anime is awesome!


NANA’s up to vol. 21 over here! and over at a book-off in tokyo, i found a fan book of the series which has been labelled vol. 7.8. here are some pics of the artwork inside!




i’ve always loved the artwork of VAMPIRE KNIGHT (up to vol. 16 here), and here’s some pics of the artwork inside the fan book! this was 105 yen from book-off–so about $1.25 with the exchange rate.


and this is the infamous BOKU WA IMOUTO NI KOI WO SURU, which lightly translates into “i love my little sister”. it’s a manga about incest between twins and was a bestseller here in japan. when cuddlebuggery’s kat kennedy referenced twincest in a blurb about DUALED, this manga was the first thing that came to mind!


i’ve been trying to find vols. 9 and 10 of IMMORTAL RAIN (published in japan as METEOR METHUSELAH) by kaori ozaki. now that tokyopop’s US operations have shut down and it’s not likely i’ll be able to finish collecting the series in english, i thought the original japanese editions would be cool to have. no luck so far, but i did buy this related MM work. also, the hubs finally found kaoru mori’s EMMA vol. 5 to fill in for the now-out-print english edition!

in all honesty, i don’t think i’ll have the time or dedication to learn enough japanese to read any manga in its original format. but i do think i’ll be looking into picking up some new translated series back when i get home! hope you guys all enjoyed the pics!

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21 thoughts on “bookstores in japan, japanese editions of popular YA titles, and manga!

  1. ugghhhh elsie thanks for the full on nostalgia attack, hahahaha…. hope you’re having an awesome time!!

    • Joey, isn’t Japan great? Sorry for making you miss it, though–I always miss it tons when we’re not there, too! And thanks, am having an awesome time 🙂 I hope you get to go back for a visit soon!

  2. Emma Pass says:

    Ohhh, those books…! If I ever go to Japan, I will be spending ALL my time in bookstores. And I’m SO excited about FROM UP ON POPPY HILL. Looks like you’re having a fantastic trip – and I’ll forgive you for the food-pic tweet-torture! 😀

  3. jayang says:

    NANA! I’m obsessed with the movie, have you seen it?

  4. Elsie – I’m so green with envy right now I can’t see straight!!! What amazing photos! My daughter is waaaaay into manga right now so I’m going to have her look this post over. You’ll have to tell me what is appropriate for 13 year olds as some of them can be too racy! But where’s my food post? I know you are tweeting them but i do want to see one big massive food porn post too, ok?

    • Ellen, your daughter is around the same age as mine, so I’ll pick her brain and get back to you. Are you ordering online? There’s so much to pick from. Let me know what she’s already reading/read, that would be a great way for me to start!

      AHHH food post! That is a GREAT idea! So twitter isn’t enough for you, lady?? Okay, I’ll do one next week sometime. Check the blog soon…. Thanks for coming by, Ellen!

      • Yes I want a blog post so that you can put all your best and yummy food porn pics in one place where I can suffer, I mean enjoy it all at one sitting!! And yes, thanks for recs! She loved the fruit basket series (ugh!) and she loved Death Note.

      • Wait, you don’t like Furuba, Ellen??? But how is that possible?? How can we be friends??

        Off the top of my head, she’d probably really like Bleach, Bakuman, Yakitate Japan if she liked Death Note. Those are all shonen–my son is 13, too, and loved those as well as Death Note. Also, try Blue Exorcist, Kenshin, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Full Metal Panic. If she liked FB, try Otomen, Love Com, Kare Kano, Tail of the Moon, Meri Puri. Yakitate Japan is really wacky but both my kids love it. I’ve got tons more at home that I can’t remember right now, so I’ll email you more when I get back.

  5. […] since we arrived here in tokyo. and apart from manga and books (see my previous camera-happy post here), i love taking pics of food most of […]

  6. […] tokyo bookstores that i’m thinking of compiling them into another post down the road. click here for part one in the […]

  7. Ashley Chen says:

    *The author of this comment fainted while reading this post.*

  8. […] because i had quite a few manga pics leftover from my previous post covering our multiple trips to bookstores in tokyo, i hope you guys don’t mind seeing some […]

  9. alicejane011 says:

    Ahhh! Manga! Hahaha, I love Yotsuba! 😀 I’m so happy from reading this post!

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