well … as it turns out, the spot i visited at lunch yesterday has little to do with food (shocking, i know).
kinokuniya is a huge japanese (bilingual) bookstore in midtown, and i discovered it a few months ago. it is a japanophile’s dream. there isn’t much to love in midtown manhattan on a weekday, but this is a place i go to every once in a while to recharge and spend an hour browsing the amazing selection of books and magazines. they have a wonderful collection of various books about japanese and world culture, food, architecture, art, photography, design, fashion, tattoos … everything. my favorite sections are the photography and architecture/design sections. the books they stock are unique, and i could spend hours flipping through them. my lunch hour never seems to be enough time.
pictured above is ku:nel magazine, one of my favorites because of the inspiring photographs it always contains (no, i can’t read japanese). the most recent issue, which i picked up at kinokuniya recently, has been very inspiring to me lately — look at those photographs! just amazing. my little rooftop garden pales in comparison to some of the things pictured here.
kinokuniya is definitely worth a visit if you are in NYC (the second floor is the place to go for a small cafe, which i haven’t tried yet, and the best book selection).
and speaking of books, journal of plants will be a perfect companion to the ku:nel photos above. i can’t wait to see it in person.
enjoy your day.