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Random Walkabout: Kanda Secondhand Bookshop

As my departure to Japan looms in, I, together with my friend, Hanako decided to explore the city. Prior to coming here, I heard about Kanda through my another friend who studies in a nearby university. As a book lover, it piqued my interest and made me act like a giddy five-year old.IMG_1637IMG_1636When I got out of the subway section and walked into the the avenue, I had a big grin on my face. It was heaven for me.IMG_1617The books are mostly in Japanese but there are some bookstores that sell English books.IMG_1622Many books are sold in  more than a hundred stores lined in the area. Mangas, textbooks and even old, rare editions of  books are sold here.IMG_1614IMG_1613I even found a book which was published around 1850s. It felt surreal turning the pages. A tinge of nostalgia engulf me as I wonder the way of life the author had in the past. I was grateful that the staff allows visitors to touch these old books (although they keep a close eye on you). The books should be handled with care, some of these may cost you more than a thousand dollars if you accidentally damage them.

IMG_1615IMG_1633IMG_1635You can also get some quirky knickknacks around Kanda. These may come in form of accessories, home collectibles and figurines.

Kanda- Jimbocho can easily be accessed through the Jimbocho Station which serves the Toei Mita Line, Toei Shinjuku Line, and Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line.

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