If you’re like me and are not just an anime/manga otaku, but a all round Japan lover, then one place you must go to in New York is the Kinokuniya Bookstore.
Three floors of pure otaku heaven, it has Japanese and English books/magazines, Japanese and English manga, anime, Japanese music, t-shirts, Japanese food and a whole floor of Japanese culture souvenirs.
It’s not just a bookstore, it’s a Japan-themed bookstore!! Some stuff it has:
-felt make-it-yourself packets
-architecture & design books
-Japanese and English books/magazines
-some anime figurines and other merchandise (not a LOT, but it’s there)
-an awesome cafe that sells Japanese bentos and onigiri, coffee and tea
Although the Japanese souvenirs are kinda pricey, the manga is pretty normally priced, and it’s still very fun to check out all the Japanese stuff!! Some are not too expensive, so it’s not like you can’t get anything there. They even have yukatas (in three sizes and different colored patterns), which are, like, 99 dollars, which was the only thing that was stopping me from getting one more thing off my wish list. ;)
The second thing I gotta say is: Cafe Zaiya. AWESOME. Located on the second floor of the bookstore, a small but awesome cafe full of Japanese treats! Like, there’s spicy shrimp (tempura) onigiri!!!! SO YUMMY! And bentos, and other onigiri flavors like ume onigiri and stuff. And there’s a good collection of coffee and cold drinks, and lots of small tables to sit at and eat.
I managed to get the last Full Moon wo Sagashite book (the 7th) here for $8.99, a little pricier than Bookoff, where I got the first six (not including 1 and 4, which I got last time I visited NYC), but still not horrendously expensive.
So it was an all round good trip. :) You should really go if you like anime, manga, Japanese music and Japanese culture!!! Ideal place for otakus like me :)