90 Years of Creating Community Through Books
January 3, 2017
2017 marks the 90th anniversary of Books Kinokuniya!
Kinokuniya was founded by Moichi Tanabe in 1927 in Tokyo, Japan.
Kinokuniya began importing English books in 1949 and opened its first sales office in Osaka, Japan in 1956. This marked the beginning of the company's nationwide expansion into the academic institutional market.
After opening several stores and sales offices across Japan in the next several years, headquarters was established in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo in 1964.
EXPANDING TO THE U.S.
In 1969, Kinokuniya opened its first overseas store in San Francisco. This expansion gave the company the goal to provide the overseas Japanese community with books and magazines, and to introduce Japanese culture to the local community.
Today, with the flagship store in New York City, Kinokuniya USA has expanded to 10 locations including New Jersey, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, San Jose, Los Angeles (Little Tokyo & Santa Monica) , and Costa Mesa. Two new locations are planned to open in the Greater Dallas Area in early 2017.
Kinokuniya USA also has two sales office in New York and San Francisco for businesses and academic institutions.
Books Kinokuniya now has over 80 stores and 35 sales offices worldwide, including Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, and Australia.